There are always distractions, if you allow them.
I think each negotiation should be based on what's the best decision - taking everything into account, not taking one thing into account.
I'm a great believer in the character of a club. To me, character has a lot to do with how you compete. That creates urgency and toughness. That elevates the talent that you have.
There's a bigger difference now than when I first got into professional baseball because that was before guaranteed contracts, before there was a lot of money, so it was mostly survival. You had more competition.
Losing sucks. I don't think most people understand how bad it feels.
In the end, as a manager or coach, you have to keep your heart pure and do your best as a manager or a coach.
It's easy to figure out whether you're getting stale. All you've got to do is look in the mirror and be honest with yourself.
I think there's a growing number of pitchers who want to have a plan going into a game about how they're going to go after that lineup. I'd say 75 percent want to have an idea, and they plan their attack. I know that 75 percent of hitters do not have that same type of plan against a pitcher.
My wife and I, we started a foundation about companion animal rescue, but there's a group called Performing Animal Welfare Society just outside of Sacramento... and they offered me a job as an elephant keeper.
To me, there is no more conscientious umpire in the Major Leagues than Jim Joyce. He gives you a hellacious effort every time.
We're all men, not machines. We make mistakes.
You can't manage by memo. You can't stand up there and just send out edicts. I think you just gotta really personalize your relationships.
Anything that disturbs your comfort factor is good for you.
If the national government doesn't fix your problem, you've got a problem. You've got to fix it yourself. That's just part of the American way.
If you try to give them a scheme, most hitters will rebel.
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