In baseball, my theory is to strive for consistency, not to worry about the numbers. If you dwell on statistics you get shortsighted, if you aim for consistency, the numbers will be there at the end.
If the Mets can win the World Series, the United States can get out of Vietnam.
There are only two places in the league - first place and no place.
Imagine if these computer geeks who are running baseball now were allowed to run a war? They'd be telling our soldiers: 'That's enough. You've fired too many bullets from your rifle this week!'
I'm a huge advocate of pitching. You have to have good pitching as the solid core, the foundation. It keeps you in every game.
The thing most people don't understand is that pitching isn't the same every time out.
The good rising fastball is the best pitch in baseball.
Basically, hitters fall into a pattern, and once you know what they like, you can set them up for the putout with something else.
There's nothing wrong with pitch counts. But not when it's spit out by a computer, and the computer does not look at an individual's mechanics. And you can't look at his genes. It should come from the individual and the pitching coach and the manager.
I had 12 years under my belt of baseball at the amateur level before I got to the big leagues.
My job isn't to strike guys out; it's to get them out - sometimes by striking them out.
My pitch count as a general rule was 135. And I knew how many pitches I had when I went to the mound for the last three innings.
What's important is to get into the pitcher's head: to know what he's made of.
Take a look at all of them: Marichal, Jenkins, Spahn - what do you think made them successful? They conditioned their arms by pitching more, not less, starting from when they signed their first contract.
Once a year, I take my whole wine team down to see the Giants, and we meet the players. I've never seen anyone pitch like Lincecum that can throw the ball and get through the front leg. He has that stiff front leg.
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