2001 Baseball America Player of the Year|
Its a lot tougher to hit when you go up to the plate knowing you might see one, two, three pitches to hit in a week. Its not easy to hit that way. And if you see that pitch to hit, you might not hit it for a home run. If you only get a base hit, everybody boos you.
(Weight training) has made him extra-productive, in what probably should have been the twilight of his career . . . Theres nothing he cant do on a baseball field. Theres no telling what he can do.
If he had been pitched to all year long, whos to say he wouldnt have hit 100 home runs? The guy is that good.
Hes been ridiculously consistent for 15 years. To put up those kinds of numbers year after year, now hes 37 and only getting better. Its like hes in his prime. I hope Im in that kind of shape when Im 37.
He can do anything. Move a runner from second to third. Stolen base in a big situation? Ill steal it for you. Home run? You got it.
He and Hank (Aaron) both have that recognition. They both recognize the difference between fastballs, curves, changeups and sliders really well. Youre not out in front or behind. Youre right there.
If you could explain it, I would have been in grooves like this a long time ago. Youre almost in shock. I come around and touch home plate and Im in the dugout thinking, 'What did I just do?' You dont know what to think.
In '98, (the record) was only 61. And then Mark McGwire came and hit 70 and that was like 'wow.' Now you see 73--that's unbelievable.
Not a chance . . . Im not Mark McGwire. Im just not that powerful a hitter. Mark is so much stronger than I am.
I recruited Barry. I really knew him. But we had different requirements, and he didnt get into USC. He was intelligent but didnt want to do the work. They all [Bonds, Mark McGwire and Randy Johnson] could have been on the same team.
His best attribute was confidence. What makes Barry special is hes extremely strong mentally . . . He wasnt as physical a player then, especially these last three years. He was a frail kid with a quick bat, 165-170 (pounds), max. Youre talking about a whole different animal now.
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