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 7 years without ever hitting the ball.— Mickey Mantle
Pioneering Baseball Hitting quotations
Since baseball time is measured only in outs, all you have to do is succeed utterly; keep hitting, keep the rally alive, and you have defeated time. You remain forever young.
I swing big, with everything I've got. I hit big or I miss big. I like to live as big as I can.
I'd play for half my salary if I could hit in this dump (Wrigley Field) all the time.
Man may penetrate the outer reaches of the universe, he may solve the very secret of eternity itself but for me, the ultimate human experience is to witness the flawless execution of the hit-and-run.
See the ball; hit the ball.
Don't forget to swing hard, in case you hit the ball.
Well, boys, it's a round ball and a round bat and you got to hit the ball square.
The other sports are just sports. Baseball is a love.
Baseball, to me, is still the national pastime because it is a summer game.
I feel that almost all Americans are summer people, that summer is what they think of when they think of their childhood. I think it stirs up an incredible emotion within people.
In life you are going to make mistakes, you're going to fall down, but it's the getting up that counts. Just like in baseball: you'll get a few hits, but most likely, you'll strike out more than you'll get on base. But don't quit. Find your focus, relax, take a deep breath and give it a good swing
My dad taught me to switch-hit. He and my grandfather, who was left-handed, pitched to me every day after school in the back yard. I batted lefty against my dad and righty against my granddad.
Rewriting is when writing really gets to be fun.
. . . In baseball you only get three swings and you're out. In rewriting, you get almost as many swings as you want and you know, sooner or later, you'll hit the ball.
I don't know if steroids are going to help you in baseball.
I just don't believe it. I don't believe steroids can help eye-hand coordination and technically hit a baseball.
How to hit home runs: I swing as hard as I can, and I try to swing right through the ball... The harder you grip the bat, the more you can swing it through the ball, and the farther the ball will go. I swing big, with everything I've got. I hit big or I miss big. I like to live as big as I can.
I hated to bat against Drysdale. After he hit you he'd come around, look at the bruise on your arm and say, 'Do you want me to sign it?'
The hardest thing to do in baseball is to hit a round baseball with a round bat, squarely.
You gotta be a man to play baseball for a living, but you gotta have a lot of little boy in you, too.
The sport to which I owe so much has undergone profound changes, but it's still baseball. Kids still imitate their heroes on playgrounds. Fans still ruin expensive suits going after foul balls that cost five dollars. Hitting streaks still make the network news and hot dogs still taste better at the ballpark than at home.
Good pitching will always stop good hitting and vice-versa.
Don't tell me about the world. Not today. It's springtime and they're knocking baseball around fields where the grass is damp and green in the morning and the kids are trying to hit the curve ball.
[Baseball] breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart.
I'd give a year of my life if I could hit a homerun on opening day of this great new park.
Swing hard in case you hit it.
When Steve and I die, we are going to be buried in the same cemetery, 60-feet 6-inches apart.
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.
Making love is like hitting a baseball. You just gotta relax and concentrate.
In baseball you hit your home run over the right-field fence, the left-field fence, the center-field fence. Nobody cares. In golf everything has got to be right over second base.
Baseball didn't really get into my blood until I knocked off that hitting streak. Getting a daily hit became more important to me than eating, drinking or sleeping.
Baseball is a game, yes. It is also a business.
I remember one time going out to the mound to talk with Bob Gibson.
He told me to get back behind the batter; that the only thing I knew about pitching was that it was hard to hit!
That's how easy baseball was for me. I'm not trying to brag or anything, but I had the knowledge before I became a professional baseball player to do all these things and know what each guy would hit.
Trying to hit Sandy Koufax was like trying to drink coffee with a fork.
Pro sports are a tough business--whether you're in baseball, football, or something else. But when you're running around the bases after hitting a home run or jumping up and down after a touchdown, a little boy comes to the surface.
There has always been a saying in baseball that you can't make a hitter, but I think you can improve a hitter. More than you can improve a fielder. More mistakes are made hitting than in any other part of the game.