Close don't count in baseball. Close only counts in horseshoes and grenades.— Frank Robinson
The most valuable Frank Robinson quotes that will activate your desire to change
It's nice to come into a town and be referred to as the manager of the Cleveland Indians instead of as the first black manager.
Pitchers did me a favor when they knocked me down.
It made me more determined. I wouldn't let that pitcher get me out. They say you can't hit if you're on your back, but I didn't hit on my back. I got up.
Probably the most dramatic change in pitching I've observed in my years in baseball has been the disappearance of the knockdown or brushback pitch. This is why record numbers of home runs are flying out of ballparks, why earned run averages are soaring, and why there are so few twenty game winners in the majors.
Managers don't have as much leverage as they used to have. We can't really be the boss.
The fan is the one who suffers. He cheers a guy to a .350 season then watches that player sign with another team. When you destroy fan loyalties, you destroy everything.
I haven't seen a player in this game, as long as I've been in it, that can't be pitched to... Barry is an outstanding ballplayer. I respect him an awful lot. I also have confidence in my pitchers that they can pitch to Barry Bonds and get him out.
If the guys on the bench were as good as the guys you have out there, they'd be out there in first place.
You have to have a short memory as a closer.
No, I don't think my presence will cause an increase in black attendance at Cleveland. People come out to see the players. When do you see a manager anyway? When he's out on the field arguing with the umpires, making a fool of himself and you know you can't win, and when he brings out the line-up card.
I know a lot of people on the field - players, coaches, managers - are glad that I'm gone.
At least when it's in French, I won't know what the heck they're saying.
I have heard of managers who encourage players not to slide hard for fear they will get hurt and be lost from the lineup for a time. That is why you occasionally see a player go into second base on a double-play ball and not even bother to slide. I wonder, could Ty Cobb sit though plays like that and hold his lunch?
I don't see anyone playing in the major leagues today (1982) who combines both the talent and the intensity that I had. I always tried to do the best. I knew I couldn't always be the best, but I tried to be.
Listen, I was the first black manager in baseball and there was incredible pressure. I don't blame anyone else. I was too tough . . . I lack patience. I probably got on guys a little too hard, with the wrong tone of voice.
I had no trouble communicating, the player's just didn't like what I had to say.
I always tried to do the best. I knew I couldn't always be the best, but I tried to be.
I expect that [trying to do the best] of my players today and of my kids.
My wife says I shouldn't expect that of my children, but I don't think that's asking too much.
The baselines belongs to the runner, and whenever I was running the bases, I always slid hard. I wanted infielders to have that instant's hesitation about coming across the bag at second or about standing in there awaiting a throw to make a tag. There are only 27 outs in a ballgame, and it was my job to save one for my team every time I possibly could.
All in all, I wouldn't call it a bad outing. It was a short outing.
But I'm not going to walk Barry Bonds, like some teams do, in the first inning with nobody on.
Be anything you want to be, but don't be dull.
The way we're going... if I called up another pitcher, he'd just hang up the phone on me.
I don't see why you reporters keep confusing Brooks (Robinson) and me.
Can't you see that we wear different numbers.
There's absolutely no way you can go barreling into second and dump a guy on a double play, like you should do, when you've been fraternizing with him before a game.
Whether you're trying to excel in athletics or in any other field, always practice. Look, listen, learn - and practice, practice, practice. There is no substitute for work, no shortcut to the top.
No. 1, these guys out here on this field. They keep my energy level up. They try hard, they don't complain about things - and I'd just like to be with them when things are good, and hopefully we can win a pennant together.