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The designated hitter has been the vehicle that's allowed many players nearing the end of their careers to maintain some longevity. They were not out there on a daily basis, subject to the aches and pains of playing in the field. In the National League, you have to do it the hard way. So when it comes to reaching 3,000 (hits), you can't point to anything but performance with Tony. He doesn't just bat, he plays.

On Tony Gwynn

Louis Clark "Lou" Brock
St. Louis Cardinals

(Getting hit by a pitch) is like getting a base hit. When I go down to first, it's the pitcher's loss....Nobody wants to go in and get dirty. Drop a bunt if you have to. Draw some blood if you have to. Whatever it takes to get a win, you should be out trying to do.

Larry Walker
Colorado Rockies

I don't care what the situation was, how high the stakes were -- the bases could be loaded and the pennant riding on every pitch -- it never bothered Whitey. He pitched his game. Cool. Craft. Nerves of steel.

On Whitey Ford

Mickey Charles Mantle
New York Yankees
Contributed by: Jonathan Chapman

I hated to bat against Drysdale. After he hit you he'd come around, look at the bruise on your arm and say, 'Do you want me to sign it?'

Mickey Charles Mantle
New York Yankees
Contributed by: Jonathan Chapman

He's as good a young player as anyone I've ever seen come into the big leagues. He's tremendous. One of the very best young hitters I ever saw. He's a smart kid and he knows all about hitting. He went to Georgia Tech where he was on the Dean's List, and when I finished talking to him I felt I was on the Dean's List of hitting because he knows plenty, he really does. I asked him my usual questions about all aspects of hitting. I like to get young hitters stirred up to find out what they really know. And he knew everything! He's really a brilliant kid.

On Red Sox shortstop Nomar Garciaparra, 1999 AL Batting Champion

Spring, 2000
Theodore Samuel "Ted" Williams
Boston Red Sox

I would have had zero career if not for the bucking of minds that Sparky and I had in '83. Sparky was very clear that some things I was doing went directly against what is successful and competitive. He wasn't going to allow me to do them.

In describing how Sparky Anderson became a Hall of Fame manager

Kirk Harold Gibson
Detroit Tigers

What a hell of a league this is. I hit .387, .408, and .395 the last three years and I ain't won nothin' yet!

After the 1912 season

Joseph Jefferson "Shoeless Joe" Jackson
Chicago White Sox
Contributed by: Lee Gibbs

Walter's idea of a changeup was to just throw harder. It wasn't long after he came to Washington that some of our hitters, arriving in Walter's vicinity, were reporting to the sick list.

On Senators pitcher Walter Johnson

Tyrus Raymond "Ty" Cobb
Detroit Tigers
Contributed by: Lee Gibbs

If they don't put Turkey Stearnes in the Hall of Fame, they shouldn't put anybody in.

On Norman Thomas "Turkey" Stearnes, centerfielder for the Detroit Stars of the Negro National League (Stearnes was eventually inducted into the HOF in 2000)

James "Cool Papa" Bell
Homestead Grays
Contributed by: Jonathan Chapman

I couldn't resist. I had such a great jump on the pitcher.

Upon making a great steal of third base, unfortunately while it was already occupied

Louis Alexander "Lou" Novikoff
Chicago Cubs
a.k.a. "The Mad Russian"

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