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Major League Baseball Quotes


"I always wanted to be a major-league baseball player." - Bryce Harper

"It's a sensitive thing, playing major league baseball." - Tony La Russa

"My dreams do not end with playing Major League Baseball." - Derek Jeter

"Major League Baseball is the best league in the world, full of capable hitters up and down every single lineup." - Ron Darling

"If the Cincinnati Reds were really the first major league baseball team, who did they play?" - George Carlin

"My dream was to play Major League baseball. I've lived that dream." - Scott Rolen

"The only dream I've ever had is to become a major league baseball player." - Mark Teixeira

"Major League Baseball should retire Roberto Clemente's number, just like they did Jackie Robinson's." - Carlos Beltran

"I think it's a natural fit, major league baseball and country music." - Joe Nichols

"I played on the 2001 team, the team that won the most games in the history of Major League Baseball and also I played on one of the worst teams of Major League Baseball." - Ichiro Suzuki

"She'll be evaluated like any other Double-A umpire. Major League Baseball has never attempted to influence our decision" - Mike Fitzpatrick

"Always wanted to be a Major League player. Loved baseball. Followed it. Loved to play. Plus, I could always hit." - Stan Musial

"Major League Baseball has not forgotten and will never forget the great contribution and sacrifice that Jackie made to baseball and to all of society" - Bud Selig

"Major league baseball is about the history of the game. Baseball history is so important. It's so much more than money." - Joe Torre

"You're probably not a member of a major league baseball team, your errors, unless they are truly spectacular, don't show up in the morning paper." - Jane Goodsell

"The only thing that keeps this organization from being recognized as one of the finest in baseball is wins and losses at the major league level." - Chuck LaMar

"To be able to play baseball for those nine innings in front of a major league crowd is a special privilege." - Mark Teixeira

"The chance to be a general manager in major-league baseball and for a franchise as storied as this one, probably as storied as the Giants, is great." - Ned Colletti

"I've always said, "You make a lot of money in Major League Baseball, and it's all guaranteed, so what do you have to lose by going all out?" ." - Prince Fielder

"My motive, and I will make it clear and look you in the eyes, is to attack major league baseball. That's my motive." - Jose Canseco

"Major League Baseball has prostate awareness for two weeks leading up to Father's Day, and I want to get involved in that." - Steve Garvey

"Major League Baseball is a national institution and we take our responsibilities seriously when it comes to how the game affects the lives of American youth." - Bud Selig

"The National League is baseball to me." - Kerry Wood

"The best example of how impossible it will be for Major League Baseball to crack down on steroids is the fact that baseball and the media are still talking about the problem as "steroids." - Malcolm Gladwell

"We used to have an all-Black baseball team, all Black stars and when White folks took Jackie Robinson and brought him into the major league that was the beginning of the crushing of Black baseball teams and leagues." - Louis Farrakhan

"The best example of how impossible it will be for Major League Baseball to crack down on steroids is the fact that baseball and the media are still talking about the problem as 'steroids.'" - Malcolm Gladwell

"I'm in the major league now." - Pitbull

"Some kids dream of joining the circus, others of becoming a major league baseball player. I have been doubly blessed. As a member of the New York Yankees, I have gotten to do both." - Graig Nettles

"My coaching staff gets to go to the World Series. From a financial perspective that's great for coaches because baseball coaches in the Major League level don't really make that much money. People don't realize that." - Joe Maddon

"It's a mere moment in a man's life between the All-Star Game and an old timer's game. -During the 1980 Major League Baseball All-Star Game held at Dodger Stadium" - Vin Scully

"Many of the greatest black athletes of all time played baseball for no money and no recognition. I'm just sorry many major league fans never got to see them play, because many of them were awesome." - Monte Irvin

"Anyone interested in becoming a professional umpire and becoming eligible to work in the minor leagues must attend one of the two umpire schools sanctioned by Major League Baseball." - Jim Evans

"Growing up, I looked up to major league baseball players, and now these young women have amazing, incredible women all across the board, from swimming to gymnastics to softball to basketball." - Jennie Finch

"The interesting thing is that it seems like George W. Bush would have been happy being the president of anything. He could have been president of Major League Baseball." - Eddie Vedder

"Austin, Texas, and Columbus, Ohio, are the two toughest communities in which you have to put together a winning football team. They are both big metropolitan areas without professional football and major league baseball to sidetrack them." - Brent Musburger

"Major League Baseball has always recognized the influence that our stars can have on the youth of America. As such, we are concerned that recent revelations and allegations of steroid use have been sending a terrible message to young people." - Bud Selig

"As a supporter of the Prostate Cancer Foundation and their Home Run Challenge program, I am extremely grateful for the valuable partnerships and relationships built with Major League Baseball and our affiliates." - Joe Torre

"I would love to see as many of the black players as possible in today's Major League Baseball make every effort to go to the Negro Leagues Museum and get a first-hand view of how it all started." - Ferguson Jenkins

"Major League Baseball has the best idea of all. Three years before they'll take a kid out of college, then they have a minor league system that they put the kids in. I'm sure that if the NBA followed the same thing, there would be a lot of kids in a minor league system that still were not good enough to play in the major NBA." - Bobby Knight

"Baseball people are generally allergic to new ideas; it took years to persuade them to put numbers on uniforms, and it is the hardest thing in the world to get Major League Baseball to change anything-even spikes on a new pair of shoes-but they will eventually...they are bound to." - Branch Rickey

"This is a sad day for the Minnesota Twins, Major League Baseball and baseball fans everywhere. I loved Kirby deeply. A tremendous teammate, Kirby will always be remembered for his never-ending hustle, infectious personality, trademark smile and commitment to the community." - Carl Pohlad

"Baseball people are generally allergic to new ideas; it took years to persuade them to put numbers on uniforms, and it is the hardest thing in the world to get Major League Baseball to change anything-even spikes on a new pair of shoes-but they will eventually...they are bound to." - Branch Rickey

"Feeling is to lose a major league game." - Chuck Tanner

"I don't want to be a Major League coach." - Barry Bonds

"You can't know what it's like to be a major league umpire unless you were a major league umpire." - Doug Harvey

"As a youngster, I played in Little League, Pony League, and all sorts of amateur baseball programs growing up." - Jim Evans

"I'm just enjoying playing baseball in the major leagues." - Matt Holliday

"America overflows with specious 'victims' demanding redress for spurious grievances. However, one genuinely oppressed minority is getting overdue relief. Beginning with spring training in Arizona and Florida, Major League Baseball, taking pity on traumatized pitchers, is directing umpires to enforce the strike zone as defined in the rulebook. What a concept." - George Will

"Night baseball isn't an aberration. What's an aberration is a team that hasn't won a World Series since 1908. They tend to think of themselves as a little Williamsburg, a cute little replica of a major league franchise. Give me the Oakland A's, thank you very much. People who do it right." - George Will

"Like a lot of people who get into coaching, I was impacted by the people in my life. Certainly my father (John) who coached me in youth league baseball, and my high school coach, Joe Moore, were mentors and major influences." - Kirk Ferentz

"On behalf of Major League Baseball, I am terribly saddened by the sudden passing of Kirby Puckett. He was a Hall of Famer in every sense of the term. He was revered throughout the country and will be remembered wherever the game is played. Kirby was taken from us much too soon - and too quickly." - Bud Selig

"There is a double-standard between men and women. My father was a major league baseball player, and I grew up thinking I could have the same attitude on the field that he did. When I did that in real life, people thought I was a total bi-atch." - Katie Uhlaender

"When I was a small boy in Kansas, a friend of mine and I went fishing. I told him I wanted to be a real Major League baseball player, a genuine professional like Honus Wagner. My friend said that he'd like to be President of the United States. Neither of us got our wish." - Dwight D Eisenhower

"I hope that the biggest change in the game is that people are saying that Major League Baseball owns the next generation. That is what I aspire to, everything we're trying to do is about that, and I hope I have enough time and enough help to get that done." - Rob Manfred

"The interesting thing is that it seems like George W. Bush would have been happy being the president of anything. He could have been president of Major League Baseball. Less people killed. It wouldn't have affected the world on a planetary level. Sure, there would have been little things. There would have been scandals and kind of numbskull things here and there ." - Eddie Vedder

"Major league baseball players and owners should meet immediately to enact the standards that apply to the minor leagues, and if they don't, I will have to introduce legislation that says professional sports will have minimum standards for testing. I'll give them until January, and then I'll introduce legislation." - John Mccain

"It's a passing of a great American tradition. It is sad. I really and truly feel that. It will leave a vast window, to use a Washington word, where people will not get Major League Baseball and I think that's a tragedy. -At the end of the last NBC Game of the Week, October 9, 1989)" - Vin Scully

"There were never a lot of attacks on my work. We were building more parks than were ever built in the city, building more recreation centers, fixing more streets. We had national events, the Super Bowl, the (Major League Baseball) All-Star game, Final Four. We built seven hotels. The city hadn't built a hotel in 20 or more years." - Kwame Kilpatrick

"Growing up, I looked up to major league baseball players, and now these young women have amazing, incredible women all across the board, from swimming to gymnastics to softball to basketball. It is incredible how far women have come and women in sports have come." - Jennie Finch

"Major league baseball has asked its players to stop tossing baseballs into the stands during games, because they say fans fight over them and they get hurt. In fact, the Florida Marlins said that's why they never hit any home runs. It's a safety issue." - Jay Leno

"When you see Major League Baseball putting academies in other countries, obviously that throws up a red flag. You wonder why they ain't going up in our neighborhood. Bottom line, what I see, I talk about... I see it over and over. If anybody can show me I'm wrong, then show me." - Gary Sheffield

"Now, modern economies have a very effective mechanism for deciding if salaries are really too high: it's called the free market. That's how most people's salaries are set, after all, including those of major-league baseball players and European soccer players." - James Surowiecki

"Of all the young men in America only a few hundred can get into major league baseball, and of these only a handful in a decade can get into the Hall of Fame. So it goes in all human activity. .. Some become multimillionaires and chairmen of the board, and some of us must be content to play baseball at company picnics or manage a credit union without pay." - William Feather

"Don't major in minor things." - Anonymous

"Ground control to Major Tom." - David Bowie

"This illuminates not only fans' interest in major league teams but also the minors and even Little League." - John Thorn

"Little League baseball is a very good thing because it keeps the parents off the streets." - Yogi Berra

"My real-life athletic career was not very much. I played Little League baseball." - Dennis Quaid

"In the summertime, I played Little League baseball; football in the fall; basketball in the winter." - Bobby Keys

"The league, I think, is doing well. It's growing, it's maturing, and it's becoming a better league. (on Major League Soccer)" - Cobi Jones

"The greatest feeling in the world is to win a major league game. The second-greatest feeling is to lose a major league game." - Chuck Tanner

"There's Adam Clymer, major league asshole from The New York Times." - George W Bush

"Between me and my roommate, we've hit 400 Major League home runs." - Bob Uecker

"The fourth major league game I ever saw in person, I was in uniform" - Ryne Sandberg

"Too many kids today are playing major league ball and don't belong there." - Joe Dimaggio

"The fourth major league game I ever saw in person, I was in uniform." - Ryne Sandberg

"Major League Baseball has created a Pete Rose purgatory, and that's where he is. And that's where he's always going to be. It's unfortunate that the commissioner's office has decided to allow that to be the reality. I don't think Pete would mind if they said 'No' to Pete. Pete wants them to go one way or the other and get him out of the void he's in." - Mike Schmidt

"I remember I thought I should become a doctor, even though I had no talent for science whatsoever. Then of course, until I was about sixteen, I thought I might have a shot as a major league baseball player. But once I hit my full adolescence I lost all interest in that. I discovered, in rapid succession, books, girls, alcohol and tobacco, and I've never turned back. Those are the four things I'm most interested in." - Paul Auster

"Life's major challenge: getting reborn often enough." - James Broughton

"Teachers perform major miracles in America, daily." - Meryl Streep

"The world order needs a major overhaul." - George Soros

"Fear and doubt are major stampeders." - Karen Marie Moning

"Say this much for big league baseball - it is beyond question the greatest conversation piece ever invented in America." - Bruce Catton

"To get the adrenaline going before the game for a big league baseball game was pretty special." - Daniel Hudson

"If I could even do that [playing] in a softball league, I would never miss anything about baseball." - Prince Fielder

"Say this for big league baseball - it is beyond any question the greatest conversation piece ever invented in America." - Bruce Catton

"The modern era of Cape Cod baseball dawned in 1963 when the league became a showcase for the collegiate elite." - Jane Leavy

"That's the game of baseball - amazing things happen." - Mariano Rivera

"At the minor-league and major-league level, you know how important your coaching staff is, but in a big market it becomes absolutely huge." - Mike Quade

"Baseball is the only major sport that appears backwards in a mirror." - George Carlin

"Baseball is the only major sport that appears backward in a mirror." - George Carlin

"When I got sponsored, it symbolized a major change and a major shift in skateboarding." - Mike Vallely

"They thinking small, man, and this is a major, major deal." - Ray Nagin

"The Florida State League was considered the top A-league back then. You played in the spring training parks of major league teams, traveled throughout some great cities in Florida, and the pay was the best in A-ball." - Jim Evans

"I want to be the first player to show what Japanese batters can do in the major league." - Ichiro Suzuki

"My major league debut came at old Busch Stadium on Grand Avenue in St. Louis against the Pittsburgh Pirates." - Steve Carlton

"But I want you to know that what I'm doing here I'm doing as a ballplayer, a major league ballplayer." - Curt Flood

"I really don't care much about baseball, or looking at ball games, major or minor. All my interest in baseball is in its statistics." - Ernest Lanigan

"When I was a small boy growing up in Kansas, a friend of mine and I went fishing and as we sat there in the warmth of a summer afternoon on a riverbank we talked about what we wanted to do when we grew up. I told him that I wanted to be a real major-league baseball player, a genuine professional like Honus Wagner. My friend said that he'd like to be President of the United States. Neither of us got our wish." - Dwight D Eisenhower

"Everything with me is normal except when I pitch (in Fenway Park). When I pitch here it's a little different. There is a little more anxiety to go along with the nostalgia because this is the park I grew up with as a kid. This is the park I dreamed of playing Major League Baseball in and no other ballpark has that feeling for me. There are a lot more family and friends here than in my normal starts and I want to pitch well here." - Tom Glavine

"I was playing little league baseball when Bruce Jenner was winning the gold but I don't think I was really paying attention at that time." - Dan O'Brien

"There is no sports event like Opening Day of baseball, the sense of beating back the forces of darkness and the National Football League." - George Vecsey

"My parents didn't know what to do with me. They got me into Little League Baseball, I played out in right field, cause I stunk." - Brian Regan

"It seems the baseball player of today will not be satisfied until he plays two weeks in the big league and is able to retire at twenty-two." - Joe Garagiola

"I was playing little league baseball when Bruce Jenner was winning the gold but I don't think I was really paying attention at that time." - Dan Obrien

"As a kid, I used to love to play baseball and be in Little League and sleep outside with my friends and do all those kind of things." - Gary Wright

"Baseball in the Navy always was much more fun than it had been in the major leagues." - Bob Feller

"It baseball is an American institution and more lasting than some marriages, war, Supreme Court decisions and even major depressions" - Art Rust, Jr.

"I played Little League baseball, but I also played basketball. Basketball was my primary sport. When you play basketball seriously, a lot of times, through the summer season, you continue playing. So that replaced me playing baseball." - Chadwick Boseman

"I stayed attached to baseball through the kids and through minor league baseball, and I'm very satisfied with the schedule it allows me to have, which means I'm home until my kids go off to college. I value that time." - Cal Ripken Jr

"I grew up with baseball; I played in Little League and went to games with my dad. But I, as I grew up, became more of a basketball fanatic than a baseball one." - Jonah Hill

"What I found fascinating was just how quickly the best of the young Negro League players were drafted into the major leagues once Branch Rickey broke the color line by hiring Jackie Robinson. It was clear that all of the major league owners already knew the talents of the black ballplayers that they had refused to let into their league." - Walter Dean Myers

"It is an old baseball joke that big-inning baseball is affirmed in the Bible, in Genesis. In the big inning, God created...." - George Will

"In a major matter no details are small." - Jean Francois Paul de Gondi

"And Jet, I thought the Major was a lady suffragette." - Paul Mccartney

"Listening to evangelicals bridges major political fault line." - Barack Obama

"Trump affects the world in a major way." - William

"Disco is a major influence in the world of fashion." - Neil Bogart

"I became a major league manager in several cities and was discharged. We call it discharged because there was no question I had to leave." - Casey Stengel

"I'm a Major League 3rd Baseman. If you want to go play in parking lot, I'm suppose to stop the ball." - Brooks Robinson

"When in comes to bullshit...bigtime, major league have to stand in awe of the all-time champion of false promises and exaggerated claims...religion." - George Carlin

"Man, I've got a Rolls-Royce. Big house. Limo. All those things. This is why every kid's dream is to be a major-league ballplayer." - Lou Whitaker

"Whether you're playing in the minor leagues or major-league divisions, wherever you are, it's always nice to be recognized as an All-Star." - Gaby Sanchez

"Due to the NFL lockout, I'm excited to be able to follow my childhood dream of playing for a Major League Soccer team." - Chad Ochocinco

"I played for nine different teams throughout my 22-year major league career and I loved every moment of every team." - Goose Gossage

"I think sometimes Hall of Famers might get labeled as guys who aren't suited for a coaching job or to be back at the Major League level." - Ryne Sandberg

"A major league pitching coach is a really difficult job. It takes a big commitment in terms of time, travel and workload." - David Cone

"That's what Major League Baseball's steroid scandal was all about, the hidden harm in competitive sports that sends the wrong message to the young." - Suzanne Fields

"In 1906, I developed pleurisy and was unable to get into condition. So I asked for my release and obtained it. So ended my Major League career." - Kid Nichols

"The best thing about baseball is that you can do something about yesterday tomorrow." - Manny Trillo

"Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good too." - Anonymous

"Wait'll next year! is the favorite cry of baseball fans, football fans, hockey fans, and gardeners." - Robert Orben

"I'm anxious to face them (major league pitchers) all, but in reality I'm looking forward most to (Boston's) Pedro Martinez. He was with the major league team that came to Japan in 1996, just before he became a superstar. I'm anxious to see how much he's improved. And I'm anxious to see how much I've improved against him." - Ichiro Suzuki

"From the time I was 3, I wanted to be a major-league player. To accomplish that at 35, get my name on my jersey, be in the clubhouse with major-league players, see my family for the first time in three months, be in my home state and pitch the day I got called up, was incredible." - Jim Morris

"I was late to the Knicks. My dad was a big fan. But I first started watching baseball; I became a Red Sox fan. My dad was a Mets fan. I wanted to have my own team and league." - Noah Baumbach

"I am involved in minor league baseball. I go around the country speaking to troubled youths, trying to help them understand that whatever path they choose, they'll need to really pay attention to it." - Gerry Cooney

"Hey, I'm just looking for an excuse to retire so I can play summer league baseball, go coach my nephews, play pickup basketball. I've always had that ability to move on to the next thing." - Doug Flutie

"I'm among the first girls ever to play Little League baseball, and to my knowledge, the very first in western Illinois. It was 1976, and I was a nine-year-old tomboy whose older brothers had played." - Therese Fowler

"I was always interested in baseball. In fact, in my younger years, I played it in an amateur way. But up to the time when I became identified with the Yankees, I was a strong National League rooter." - Jacob Ruppert

"Protecting dozens of major coastal cities from future flooding will be challenging enough-rebuilding major coastal cities destroyed by super-hurricanes will be an almost impossible task." - Joseph J. Romm

"I played no sports well. Because I was a boy in the United States Of America, I was forced into Little League and played horrible Little League baseball, and played football and basketball in school situations where I was forced to." - Ira Glass

"By the 1880s, baseball was entrenched in the Cape's sandy soil. Semipro teams, commonplace before World War I, were organized into the first Cape Cod League in 1923 - Orleans joined the four original teams five years later. By 1940, the league had foundered on financial shoals and disbanded." - Jane Leavy

"In baseball, you can hit 40 home runs on a single-A-league team and never get paid a thing. But in a hedge fund, you get paid on your batting average. So you go to the worst league you can find, where there's the least competition." - Julian Robertson

"In my time, we had little league and junior league or whatever - before that, there's the sandlot. Kids played baseball wherever you can make a space. We played tackle-football on the street. Now we play basketball in the studio. We have a hoop. But we also have a pitching machine." - Raymond Pettibon

"Manchester United is still in my heart. Disappointed they didn't win the title but they are still the kings of Premier League." - Cristiano Ronaldo

"You have to have a lot of the little boy in you to play baseball for a living." - Roy Campanella

"Up until the time I was 14 years old, I was sure that I was going to be a big-league baseball player. But that dream came to a rude awakening when I got cut from my high school baseball team." - Phil Knight

"I love classical music. It has left a major mark on my playing." - Slash

"If silicon had been a gas I should have been a major-general." - James Whistler

"My two major faults are that I row too long and pick up too many women" - John Hersey



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