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All Quotes by author - Earl Weaver
" A manager gets in the Hall of Fame by what his players have done for him. "
" A manager has to convince his hitters that they have to get on base for the next guy and that no player can do it by himself. Sometimes that isn't easy. In the playoffs, you can get into trouble because everybody wants to be a hero. "
" A manager should stay as far away as possible from his players. I don't know if I said ten words to Frank Robinson while he played for me. "
" A manager's job is simple. For one hundred sixty-two games you try not to screw up all that smart stuff your organization did last December. "
" A manager wins games in the winter when he picks his team. "
" A winning player is nothing more than a player on a winning team. A losing player is a guy who played on a losing team that year. "
" Bad ballplayers make good managers. "
" Coaches are an integral part of any manager's team, especially if they are good pinochle players. "
" Don't play for one run unless you know that run will win a ballgame. "
" Don't worry, the fans don't start booing until July. "
" I became an optimist when I discovered that I wasn't going to win any more games by being anything else. "
" I don't want to spend my whole life watching the sun go down behind the left field bleachers. "
" If an umpire misses a called third strike and the other side ends up scoring because of it, I'm not going to forget it. If there are runners on second and third and two out, and if the umpire has just given the hitter an extra strike and the next pitch goes into the hole and both runs score, I've got to say something to the guy. "
" If you want to steal a base, steal a base. Don't make the hitter swing at a bad pitch trying to protect the runner. "
" I had a successful career: not necessarily a Hall of Fame career, but a successful one. "
" In baseball, you can't kill the clock. You've got to give the other man his chance. That's why this is the greatest game. "
" In my mind, the home run is paramount because it means instant runs. "
" I really don't like confrontations. One of the reasons I'm retiring is that I'm tired of hurting people's feelings. "
" I stand by my belief that individual performances are the most important part of baseball. "
" I think the National League has better biorhythms in July. "
" I think there should be bad blood between all clubs. "
" I used to be a pretty good hit-and-run man when I played in the minors. I handled the bat well and could hit the ball to the right side of the infield. Nevertheless, I know that you often give the opposition an out on the hit-and-run play. "
" I wanted no part of losing. Why play if you can't beat the other guys more often than they beat you? "
" Judging ballplayers and turning in reports, giving my opinion of who will get to the big leagues and who will not... I think my baseball judgment was really good. "
" Momentum? Momentum is the next day's starting pitcher. "
" Most of the umpires, it's amazing: 98 percent of them will not hold a grudge. I always felt a couple of them did. I never wanted to argue with an umpire in my life. "
" Nobody likes to hear it, because it's dull, but the reason you win or lose is darn near always the same - pitching. "
Win Or Lose
" No one's gonna give a damn in July if you lost a game in March. "
" On my tombstone just write, 'The sorest loser that ever lived.' "
" People always make a lot about how I don't carry grudges. That's my religious upbringing. I went nine years without missing Sunday school. Lutheran. I can't live with hatred inside of me. That's what I learned. I ain't scared of dying, either. "
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