Quotes every baseball player needs to read


  • Do what you love to do and give it your very best. Whether it's business or baseball, or the theater, or any field. If you don't love what you're doing and you can't give it your best, get out of it. Life is too short. You'll be an old man before you know it. - Al Lopez
  • Every day is a new opportunity. You can build on yesterday's success or put its failures behind and start over again. That's the way life is, with a new game every day, and that's the way baseball is. – Bob Feller

  • Baseball is like a poker game. Nobody wants to quit when he's losing; nobody wants you to quit when you're ahead. – Jackie Robinson
  • Baseball is like church. Many attend few understand. – Leo Durocher
  • People ask me what I do in winter when there's no baseball. I'll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring. – Rogers Hornsby
  • My father kept me busy from dawn to dusk when I was a kid. When I wasn't pitching hay, hauling corn or running a tractor, I was heaving a baseball into his mitt behind the barn... If all the parents in the country followed his rule, juvenile delinquency would be cut in half in a year's time. – Bob fellar
  • Baseball is a team game but, at the same time, it's a very lonely game: unlike in soccer or basketball, where players roam around, in baseball everyone has their little plot of the field to tend. When the action comes to you, the spotlight is on you but no one can help you. – Chad Harbach
  • 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. – Tom Seaver
  • One of the beautiful things about baseball is that every once in a while you come into a situation where you want to, and where you have to, reach down and prove something. – Nolan Ryan

  • There are three types of baseball players: Those who make it happen, those who watch it happen and those who wonder what happens. – Tommy Lasorda
  • If my uniform doesn't get dirty, I haven't done anything in the baseball game.
  • Baseball is a lot like life. It's a day-to-day existence, full of ups and downs. You make the most of your opportunities in baseball as you do in life. – Rickey Henderson

  • In baseball, democracy shines its clearest. The only race that matters is the race to the bag. The creed is the rule book. And color, merely something to distinguish one team's uniform from another's. – Ernie Harwell
  • Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of ten and be considered a good performer. – Ted Williams
  • If you're going to play at all, you're out to win. Baseball, board games, playing Jeopardy, I hate to lose. – Derek Jeter

  • It took me seventeen years to get three thousand hits in baseball. I did it in one afternoon on the golf course. – Hank Aaron
  • Baseball, it is said, is only a game. True. And the Grand Canyon is only a hole in Arizona. Not all holes, or games, are created equal. – George Will

  • You don't have to know anything about baseball to respond to Babe Ruth because he's just this magnificent human being. And a really good story because he was this kid who grew up essentially as an orphan, you know, had a tough life, and then he became the most successful baseball player ever. But he was also a really good guy. – Bill Bryson
  • If you've ever been around a group of actors, you've noticed, no doubt, that they can talk of nothing else under the sun but acting. It's exactly the same way with baseball players. Your heart must be in your work. - Christy Mathewson
  • You can't sit on a lead and run a few plays into the line and just kill the clock. You've got to throw the ball over the damn plate and give the other man his chance. That's why baseball is the greatest game of them all. – Earl Weaver
  • The thing I like about baseball is that it's one-on-one. You stand up there alone, and if you make a mistake, it's your mistake. If you hit a home run, it's your home run. – Hank Aaron
  • I'd rather be a good person off the field than a good baseball player on the field. - Bryce Harper

  • There are only two seasons - winter and Baseball. – Bill Veeck
  • You spend a good piece of your life gripping a baseball and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around all the time. -Jim Bouton
  • In baseball you have individual responsibility, and if you fail it, you get an error. But at the same time, your focus is on the common goal of the team to win. This is part of what resonates with people about baseball. This is how they would like society to work.               – Jed Rakoff
  • Baseball is a game where a curve is an optical illusion, a screwball can be a pitch or a person, stealing is legal and you can spit anywhere you like except in the umpire's eye or on the ball. – James Murray
  • My motto was always to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was keep swinging. - Hank Aaron

  • Baseball is dull only to dull minds. -Red Barber
  • Show me a guy whos afraid to look bad, and I’ll show you a guy you can beat every time.
    - Lou Brock
  • I’ve only been doing this fifty-four years. With a little experience, I might get better. - Harry Caray
  • How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are? - Satchel Paige
  • Just take the ball and throw it where you want to. Throw strikes. Home plate don’t move.
    - Satchel Paige
  • My pitching philosophy is simple – keep the ball way from the bat. - Satchel Paige
  • Work like you don’t need the money. Love like you’ve never been hurt. Dance like nobody’s watching. - Satchel Paige

  • Hello again, everybody… It’s a bee-yoo-tiful day for baseball. -Harry Caray
  • What are we at the park for except to win? I’d trip my mother. I’d help her up, brusher her off, tell her I’m sorry. But mother don’t make it to third. -Leo Durocher
  • The other sports are just sports. Baseball is a love. -Bryant Gumbel

  • Baseball? It’s just a game – as simple as a ball and a bat. Yet, as complex as the American spirit it symbolizes. It’s a sport, business – and sometimes even religion. -Ernie Harwell
  • Every hitter likes fastballs, just like everybody likes ice cream. But you don’t like it when someone’s stuffing it into you by the gallon. That’s what it feels like when Nolan Ryan’s throwing balls by you. -Reggie Jackson
  • The saddest day of the year is the day baseball season ends. -Tommy Lasorda
  • Life will always throw you curves, just keep fouling them off. The right pitch will come, but when it does, be prepared to run the bases. -Rick Maksian

  • During my 18 years I came to bat almost 10,000 times. I struck out about 1,700 times and walked maybe 1,800 times. You figure a ballplayer will average about 500 at bats a season. That means I played seven years without ever hitting the ball. - Mickey Mantle
  • Ain’t no man can avoid being born average, but there ain’t no man got to be common. 
    - Satchel Paige
  • Don’t look back. Something might be gaining on you.
    - Satchel Paige
  • Well, boys, it’s a round ball and a round bat and you got to hit the ball square.
    - Joe Schultz
  • I was such a dangerous hitter I even got intentional walks in batting practice.
    - Casey Stengel
  • Progress always involves risks. You can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first.     - Frederick B. Wilcox

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