"Baseballs probably where my future is, but my hearts always been with basketball. Its always been my first priority. But Ive always wondered what kind of baseball player Id be if I gave it my full attention."
"It appeared the strike had little effect on us. We have been averaging a 10-percent gain during the last three or four years and we can see that pattern still in effect. I think most of us expected more of an impact, but we are happy with the gains just the same. Our club operators are doing a great job."
"Im looking forward to the challenge. I want to find out once and for all whether I can play shortstop."
"Statistically, only one out of 10 draft choices ever get to the big leagues and it takes the ones that get there an average of 41Ú2 years to reach the major leagues. During this time, the ballplayers are totally unproductive in terms of producing revenue for their clubs. I spent three years obtaining a law degree and paid for the privilege. No one offered me any bonus to go to law school and I was not paid while I was attending."
"Its an antiquated system we cannot afford. Were taking 17-year-old kids with no real chance to make the majors just because we have to have them play catch with a few guys who do . . . were taking away their chances to go to college and get on with their lives. Wed be doing a social service by getting rid of the farm system as we know it."
"They can blame agents and college coaches all they want. But the bottom line is, when they wont even tell a kid what round he was drafted in, they are trying to curb the bonuses. It really boils down to a case of ethics, of not being fair with the players. The players are upset by it; its developed a very negative attitude on their part toward professional baseball."
"This aint the Oklahoma City 89ers. Were Red Sox people. Amen, period, case closed."
"Major league owners are concerned about the rising value of franchises, which, to me, is none of their business. My answer is that you fellows bailed out long ago and missed the boat."
"What I would do, and Im going to suggest it to them, is that they should place on the ticket whatever the fee is they have to pay the major leagues, so that everybody knows these cheap bastards are getting 25 cents off the tickets."
"This is an exercise in folly. I will go down in flames defending the principle and hope history will judge me accordingly. This increases our chances of winning the division, but Im against the whole idea. I dont want to see an expanded playoff format."
"Its the same factors every year. Is McGwire healthy, will he get pitches and will he connect? Hes said himself that he gets on average one pitch per game that he can hit (for a home run)."
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