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The difference between the old ballplayer and the new ballplayer is the jersey. The old ballplayer cared about the name on the front. The new ballplayer cares about the name on the back.

Steven Patrick "Steve" Garvey
Los Angeles Dodgers
1B

Well, throwing things onto the field is not my idea of a well-rounded human being.

When a reporter asked what he thought about the Yankee Stadium fans during the 1977 World Series

Steven Patrick "Steve" Garvey
Los Angeles Dodgers
1B

Basically, we're all fastball hitters. If we couldn't hit the fastball, we wouldn't be here. But if you have to look at breaking balls all the time you're only as good as your ability to adjust... When I came up, there was more of that pure challenge from the starting pitchers. (Tom) Seaver threw hard, Jerry Koosman threw hard, Bob Gibson threw, I mean, HARD. Fergie Jenkins threw hard and had that good slider away. Jerry Reuss and Steve Carlton threw hard when they were together on the Cardinals in the seventies. So did (John) Candelaria, when he came along, and that same Pirates team had Terry Forster and Goose Gossage coming out of the bullpen. Hard throwers. The 2-0 breaking ball used to be a special trait of the American League, because they had smaller ballparks, and it's harder to hit the breaking ball out. But now, because of free agency, the National League has a lot of American League pitchers in it, and even with our bigger ballparks the whole pitching staff is saying, "Why don't we do it that way, too, instead of being the hardball league?" It's tougher on hitters every day.

Steven Patrick "Steve" Garvey
Los Angeles Dodgers
1B

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