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    Poets are like baseball pitchers. Both have their moments. The intervals are the tough things.

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    Politics in a democratic society should not be treated like a baseball game, a game show or a soap opera. The times are too serious for that.

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    Politics is not a baseball game with winners or losers. What politics is about is whether we protect the needs of millions of people in this country who are hurting.

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    Praise the name of baseball. The word will set captives free. The word will open the eyes of the blind. The word will raise the dead. Have you the word of baseball living inside you? Has the word of baseball become part of you? Do you live it, play it, digest it, forever? Let an old man tell you to make the word of baseball your life. Walk into the world and speak of baseball. Let the word flow through you like water, so that it may quicken the thirst of your fellow man.

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    Power is a big thing in baseball. It can't be cheapened. That is, a fellow has it or hasn't. It isn't a fluke or great accomplishment, like a perfect game. When Mantle connects, it's a tape-measure job. Nobody who ever lived has more power than Mantle.

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    Principles are what people have instead of God. To be a Christian means among other things to be willing if necessary to sacrifice even your highest principles for God's or your neighbour's sake the way a Christian pacifist must be willing to pick up a baseball bat if there's no other way to stop a man from savagely beating a child. Jesus didn't forgive his executioners on principle but because in some unimaginable way he was able to love them. 'Principle' is an even duller word than 'Religion'.

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    Probably the most dramatic change in pitching I've observed in my years in baseball has been the disappearance of the knockdown or brushback pitch. This is why record numbers of home runs are flying out of ballparks, why earned run averages are soaring, and why there are so few twenty game winners in the majors.

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    Professional baseball is on the wane. Salaries must come down or the interest of the public must be increased in some way.

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    Pro-rated at 500 at-bats a year that means that for two years out of the fourteen I played, I never even touched the ball.

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    Purists maintain that if you go to a baseball game you will almost always see something you have never seen before. Unfortunately, it usually takes place in the stands.

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    Put the right pitching mechanics together with good health, and there's nothing surprising about lasting a long time.

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    Racing is not football or baseball or basketball where you can do it yourself. If you're good in high school, you just shine. (But in racing) you have to have a family behind you.

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    Ralph (Houk) brought out the best in everybody, and that included me. I consider myself lucky to have played for him.

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    READ! Books can be as delicious as hot-fudge sundaes, as funny as clowns, as exciting as a baseball game that's tied in the 9th inning, and as beautiful as the best sunset you ever saw.

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    Reading isn't good for a ballplayer. Not good for his eyes. If my eyes went bad even a little bit I couldn't hit home runs. So I gave up reading.

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    Reggie Smith of the Dodgers and Gary Matthews of the homers hit Braves in that game.

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    Really, it's not harder to train for them because once baseball starts you play everyday almost.

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    Renko has just about had it. Pretty soon somebody will come out of the dugout with a fork and get him.

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    Rewriting is when writing really gets to be fun. . . . In baseball you only get three swings and you're out. In rewriting, you get almost as many swings as you want and you know, sooner or later, you'll hit the ball.

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    Rick Miller hit only one home run last year, and that's like hitting none.

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    Rich Folkers is throwing 'em up in the bullpen.

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    Richard Schiff is a really good baseball player. It's surprising because he looks exhausted.

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    Right now Andy Larkin is pitching just like young Andy Larkin.

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    Right now I like baseball, hockey and tennis players. And horseback riders.

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    Rolen's the perfect baseball player. It's his tenacity, his preparation, the way he plays. He tries to do everything fundamentally sound. And he puts the team team first-there's no fanfare with him.

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    Roberto Clemente played the game of baseball with great passion. That passion could only be matched by his unrelenting commitment to make a difference in the lives of the less fortunate and those in need. People saw Roberto as a great ballplayer and humanitarian. He was also a great father, husband, teammate and friend.

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    Rooting for the Yankees is like rooting for U.S. Steel.

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    Sanguillen is totally unpredictable to pitch to because he's so unpredictable.

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    Running a ball club is like raising kids who fall out of trees.

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    Sadly, this problem of steroid use is not isolated to baseball.

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    Say 'Dodgers' and people know you're talking about baseball. Say 'Braves' and they ask, 'What reservation?' Say 'Reds' and they think of communism. Say 'Padres' and they look around for a priest.

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    Say you were standing with one foot in the oven and one foot in an ice bucket. According to the percentage people, you should be perfectly comfortable.

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    Scientists are a friendly, atheistic, hard-working, beer-drinking lot whose minds are preoccupied with sex, chess and baseball when they are not preoccupied with science.

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    See the ball; hit the ball.

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    Set your goals high, and don't stop till you get there.

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    Serra High school, to me, was my most enjoyable time for me in my entire life. That was the only time I was free. We just played baseball because it was fun.

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    Short of baseball and my family, it was gaming. And gaming is a $20-million to $200-million multi-year effort. It's an insane, stupid and utterly irresponsible act. But I did it.

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

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    Shirley and Griffey get along like a rattler and a parrot.

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    Shooting gives me a good feeling. It is faster than baseball and you are out on one strike.

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    Show me a good sportsman and I'll show you a player I'm looking to trade.

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    Since baseball time is measured only in outs, all you have to do is succeed utterly; keep hitting, keep the rally alive, and you have defeated time. You remain forever young.

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    Since baseball is my favorite sport, it's easy to go out and do what I do.

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    Sitting at a candidate rally is similar to sitting in a ballyard. Both give you the opportunity to assess the technical metrics and reflect on the intangibles - what baseball calls "make up" and politics calls "character" - the leadership, talent and maturity to add value to a venture.

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    Since I was in high school, I wanted to play professional football and professional baseball, be a two-sport star.

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    Slump? I ain't in no slump... I just ain't hitting.

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    Slumps are like a soft bed. They're easy to get into and hard to get out of.

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    Preschoolers have a way of grabbing your attention. Mine help me not to be a baseball player at home.

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    Somebody has inquired as to whether I will be going to the opening baseball game. I hope to have that pleasure.

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    So George Burns and my grandpa took me to my first baseball game.

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