163 quotes found searching on Position: OF
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.
(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.
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.
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?'
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.
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.
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!
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.
If they don't put Turkey Stearnes in the Hall of Fame, they shouldn't put anybody in.
I couldn't resist. I had such a great jump on the pitcher.
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