151 Baseball Managers Quotes To Inspire You

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The Most Famous Baseball Managers Quotes (Best in 2024)

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Baseball is a simple game. If you have good players and if you keep them in the right frame of mind then the manager is a success. — Sparky Anderson

The job of arguing with the umpire belongs to the manager, because it won't hurt the team if he gets thrown out of the game. — Earl Weaver

I really love baseball. The guys and the game, and I love the challenge of describing things. — Vin Scully

Basically, a manager is a father figure to 20 or 25 blokes. It's about trying to get the best out of them and creating team spirit. — Alan Shearer

If I had to sum up in a word what makes a good manager, I'd say decisiveness. You can use the fanciest computers to gather the numbers, but in the end you have to set a timetable and act. — Lee Iacocca

Well, that's baseball. Rags to riches one day and riches to rags the next. But I've been in it 36 years and I'm used to it. — Casey Stengel

Baseball is drama with an endless run and an ever-changing cast. — Joe Garagiola

I think about baseball when I wake up in the morning. I think about it all day and I dream about it at night. The only time I don't think about it is when I'm playing it. — Carl Yastrzemski

I am happy with what I do. I'd love to be the manager of the Atlanta Braves, but they hired somebody this week. So I'll just have to be inordinately happy with one of the best jobs on the planet. — Robert Gibbs

God, I just love baseball. — Robert Redford

Short Baseball Managers Quotes

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  • Never permit the pressure to exceed the pleasure. — Joe Maddon
  • One of the beautiful things about baseball is the history. — Jim Abbott
  • Why are baseball managers the only coaches who dress up like the players? — Jay Mohr
  • A baseball manager is a necessary evil. — Sparky Anderson
  • I managed a team that was so bad we considered a 2-0 count on the batter a rally. — Rich Donnelly
  • Toughest job in baseball is the general manager. Second toughest is the hitting coach. — Ken Harrelson

Baseball Managers Image Quotes

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Baseball managers quote by Joe Maddon

Never permit the pressure to exceed the pleasure. — Joe Maddon

Baseball managers quote Management is doing things right; Leadership is doing the right things.
Management is doing things right; Leadership is doing the right things.

Baseball Team Quotes

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Bob Gibson is the luckiest pitcher I ever saw. He always pitches when the other team doesn't score any runs. — Tim Mccarver

Baseball players are smarter than football players. How often do you see a baseball team penalized for too many men on the field? — Jim Bouton

Baseball is the only sport I know that when you're on offense, the other team controls the ball. — Ken Harrelson

Baseball managers quote Until we can manage time, we can manage nothing else.
Until we can manage time, we can manage nothing else.

The last time the Cubs won the World Series was 1908. The last time they were in one was 1945. Hey, any team can have a bad century. — Tom Trebelhorn

Sweat plus sacrifice equals success. — Charlie Finley

Baseball is a game of race, creed, and color. The race is to first base. The creed is the rules of the game. The color? Well, the home team wears white uniforms, and the visiting team wears gray. — Joe Garagiola

Baseball managers quote If you want to improve how you manage your time, stop doing what doesn't need to
If you want to improve how you manage your time, stop doing what doesn't need to be done.

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity. — Seneca

The Yankees, you see, they're a money team, they're the class of baseball. You don't ever bet against that. — Jim Thorpe

Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball, the rules and realities of the game - and do it by watching first some high school or small-town teams. — Jacques Barzun

Bill Gates has 90 billion dollars ... If I had 90 billion dollars, I wouldn't have it for long because I would just dream of all the crazy stuff I could do with it. This guy, 90 billion dollars. He could buy every baseball team and make them all wear dresses and still have 88 billion dollars. — Louis C. K.

Baseball Coach Quotes

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When you are younger you get blamed for crimes you never committed and when you're older you begin to get credit for virtues you never possessed. It evens itself out. — Casey Stengel

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I stare out the window and wait for spring. — Rogers Hornsby

Nobody wanted me. Scouts told me to go to school, to forget baseball. Coaches said, 'You're never going to make it.' I appreciated their honesty, because I think when someone tells you something you may not like, you have to use that as fuel for motivation. — Mike Piazza

Baseball managers quote Entrepreneurship isn't about luck, it's about vision, time management, creativit
Entrepreneurship isn't about luck, it's about vision, time management, creativity, determination and goals.

It isn't hard to be good from time to time in sports. What is tough, is being good every day. — Willie Mays

The other sports are just sports. Baseball is a love. — Bryant Gumbel

You gotta be a man to play baseball for a living, but you gotta have a lot of little boy in you, too. — Roy Campanella

Baseball managers quote  Be happy with the little you have, there are some people with nothing who still
Be happy with the little you have, there are some people with nothing who still manage to smile

When Steve and I die, we are going to be buried in the same cemetery, 60-feet 6-inches apart. — Tim Mccarver

Finding good players is easy. Getting them to play as a team is another story. — Casey Stengel

What's tough is being good every day. — Willie Mays

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

Baseball Season Quotes

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Now, you tell me, if I have a day off during the baseball season, where do you think I'll spend it? The ballpark. I still love it. Always have, always will. — Harry Caray

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

Ninety feet between home plate and first base may be the closest man has ever come to perfection. — Red Smith

Baseball managers quote How you manage truth greatly affects how you manage your life.
How you manage truth greatly affects how you manage your life.

There are three things in my life which I really love: God, my family, and baseball. The only problem - once baseball season starts, I change the order around a bit. — Al Gallagher

I played everything. I played lacrosse, baseball, hockey, soccer, track and field. I was a big believer that you played hockey in the winter and when the season was over you hung up your skates and you played something else. — Wayne Gretzky

There are only two seasons - winter and Baseball. — Bill Veeck

Baseball managers quote If you pick the right people and give them the opportunity to spread their wing
If you pick the right people and give them the opportunity to spread their wing and put compensation as a carrier behind it. you almost don't have to manage them.

The saddest day of the year is the day baseball season ends. — Tommy Lasorda

Every player should be accorded the privilege of at least one season with the Chicago Cubs. That's baseball as it should be played - in God's own sunshine. And that's really living. — Alvin Dark

[Baseball] breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. — A. Bartlett Giamatti

I've tried a lot of things in the off-season, but the only thing I really know is baseball. — Hank Aaron

Baseball Games Quotes

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What does a mama bear on the pill have in common with the World Series? No cubs. — Harry Caray

I'll tell you what's helped me my entire life. I look at baseball as a game. It's something where people can go out, enjoy and have fun. Nothing more. — Harry Caray

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Baseball was, is and always will be to me the best game in the world. — Babe Ruth

Baseball managers quote Management is doing things right, Leadership is doing right things.
Management is doing things right, Leadership is doing right things.

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

It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone. — A. Bartlett Giamatti

Politics is not a baseball game with winners or losers. What politics is about is whether we protect the needs of millions of people in this country who are hurting. — Bernie Sanders

Baseball managers quote Be happy with the little you have. There are some people with nothing who still
Be happy with the little you have. There are some people with nothing who still manage to smile.

The key to winning baseball games is pitching, fundamentals, and three run homers. — Earl Weaver

No matter how good you are, you're going to lose one-third of your games. No matter how bad you are you're going to win one-third of your games. It's the other third that makes the difference. — Tommy Lasorda

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

Now there's three things you can do in a baseball game: You can win or you can lose or it can rain. — Casey Stengel

American Baseball Quotes

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They don't think it be like it is, but it do. — Oscar Gamble

It’s not a very big sport in the U.S. if you compare it to American football and baseball and the other — Ingemar Stenmark

Listen to yourself, not the noise of the world. Only you know what is right for you. — Leon Brown

Baseball managers quote I think the world is run by "C" students.
I think the world is run by "C" students.

More than any other American sport, baseball creates the magnetic, addictive illusion that it can almost be understood. — Thomas Boswell

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. — Steve Busby

Life is a daily cleansing. Negativity must be washed away, if you wish to attract positive experiences to your life. — Leon Brown

Baseball managers quote Not doing what we love in the name of greed is very poor management of our lives
Not doing what we love in the name of greed is very poor management of our lives.

I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth. — Lou Gehrig

Baseball gives every American boy a chance to excel, not just to be as good as someone else but to be better than someone else. This is the nature of man and the name of the game. — Ted Williams

Hating the Yankees is as American as pizza pie, unwed mothers, and cheating on your income tax. — Mike Royko

Do not worry about the past or the future. This moment needs your attention, for this is where your life exists. — Leon Brown

Baseball Player Quotes

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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

I was planning to be a baseball player until I ran into something called a curveball. And that set me back. — Ben Chandler

Canada is a country whose main exports are hockey players and cold fronts. Our main imports are baseball players and acid rain. — Pierre Trudeau

The greatest feeling in the world is to win a major league game. The second-greatest feeling is to lose a major league game. — Chuck Tanner

Well, boys, it's a round ball and a round bat and you got to hit the ball square. — Joe Schultz

I think I was the best baseball player I ever saw. — Willie Mays

It (a baseball box score) doesn't tell how big you are, what church you attend, what color you are, or how your father voted in the last election. It just tells what kind of baseball player you were on that particular day. — Branch Rickey

Golf is the only sport I know of where a player pays for every mistake. A man can muff a serve in tennis, miss a strike in baseball, or throw an incomplete pass in football and still have another chance to square himself. In golf, every swing counts against you. — Lloyd Mangrum

People think [baseball players] make $3 million and $4 million a year. They don't realize that most of us only make $500,000. — Pete Incaviglia

My name is not 'The Best Player in Baseball.' My name is George Kenneth Griffey, Jr. — Ken Griffey, Jr.

Baseball History Quotes

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I played on the 2001 team, the team that won the most games in the history of Major League Baseball and also I played on one of the worst teams of Major League Baseball. — Ichiro Suzuki

Major league baseball is about the history of the game. Baseball history is so important. It's so much more than money. — Joe Torre

Yes, we've seen it all before. And yes, those who do not study history are condemned to repeat it. But no, the sky is not falling - baseball is such a great game that neither the owners nor the players can kill it. After some necessary carnage, market forces will prevail. — John Thorn

I wish that they had the freedoms like the Japanese and the Koreans and the Mexicans and everybody else that has that freedom to come over here and play the game, because I know Cuba has a very strong baseball history. — Rafael Palmeiro

In over 160 years of recorded baseball history, no team had ever won a championship this way. — John Thorn

I feel sometimes an American artist must feel, like a baseball player or something - a member of a team writing American history. — Willem de Kooning

After Jackie Robinson the most important black in baseball history is Reggie Jackson, I really mean that. — Reggie Jackson

I went to college to be a jock and to play on the baseball team. And then, I got cut and realized that that was it for that. I was really small. The other guys were really big, on that team. I was a bit of a theater nerd, and I was an art history major. — Charlie Day

No player in baseball history worked harder, suffered more, or did it better than Andre Dawson. He's the best I've ever seen. — Ryne Sandberg

No man in the history of baseball had as much power as . No man. — Mickey Mantle

Baseball Hitting Quotes

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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. — Roger Angell

It's not fun to get out of bed early in the morning. When the alarm goes off, it doesn't sing you a song: it hits you in the head with a baseball bat. So how do you respond to that? Do you crawl underneath your covers and hide? Or do you get up, get aggressive, and attack the day? — Jocko Willink

I swing big, with everything I've got. I hit big or I miss big. I like to live as big as I can. — Babe Ruth

I'd play for half my salary if I could hit in this dump (Wrigley Field) all the time. — Babe Ruth

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. — Branch Rickey

See the ball; hit the ball. — Pete Rose

Don't forget to swing hard, in case you hit the ball. — Woodie Held

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 — Dave Pelzer

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. — Mickey Mantle

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. — Neil Simon

Baseball Fans Quotes

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Not only do I like to go to bars because I like to drink, I do like to drink, but I go because who do you see there? Baseball fans. — Harry Caray

The best possible thing in baseball is winning The World Series. The second best thing is losing The World Series. — Tommy Lasorda

They (Expos fans) discovered 'boo' is pronounced the same in French as it is in English. — Harry Caray

Get out the rye bread and mustard grandma, cause it's GRAND SALAMI TIME! — Dave Niehaus

[On the Chicago Cubs:] Being a Cubs fan prepares you for life - and Washington. — Hillary Clinton

The highlight of my baseball career came in Philadelphia's Connie Mack Stadium when I saw a fan fall out of the upper deck. When he got up and walked away, the crowd booed. — Bob Uecker

Activate your fans, don’t just collect them like baseball cards. — Jay Baer

Baseball fans love numbers. They love to swirl them around their mouths like Bordeaux wine. — Pat Conroy

It's a funny kind of month, October. For the really keen cricket fan it's when you discover that your wife left you in May. — Denis Norden

Fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about a bad break I got. Yet today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth. — Lou Gehrig

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More Baseball Managers Quotes

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They broke it to me gently. The manager came up to me before a game and told me they didn't allow visitors in the clubhouse. — Bob Uecker

If I had been busted for drugs instead of gambling, I'd still be managing the Reds and baseball would be paying for my rehab. — Pete Rose

Well, there are three things that the average man thinks he can do better than anybody else. Build a fire, run a hotel and manage a baseball team. — Rocky Bridges

Baseball is not a conventional industry. It belongs neither to the players nor management, but to all of us. It is our national pastime, our national symbol, and our national treasure. — John Thorn

If I walked back into the booth in the year 2025, I don't think it would have changed much. I think baseball would be played and managed pretty much the same as it is today. It's a great survivor. — Ernie Harwell

I started in the lowest league in baseball, and I worked my way all the way up to Triple A and then to the big leagues. I never reached the level that I thought I would reach as a player. But that's the way it goes. So then I started from the bottom as a manager, and I worked my way up to managing the Dodgers for 20 years. — Tommy Lasorda

If you're playing baseball and thinking about managing, you're crazy. You'd be better off thinking about being an owner. — Casey Stengel

Every time I sit with our general manager at a baseball game, and there's number-cruncher and statistician guy - I'm sitting around - they start talking about stuff, and I say, 'What's that? I've never heard of that one before. — George Brett

Baseball is the only sport that lets the managers and coaches go out onto the field and rant and rave — Durwood Merrill

And then came the nineties, when management, suddenly frightened that they had ceded control to the players, sought to restore baseball's profitability by 'running the game like a business.' — John Thorn

Don't quote me on this, but if they ever manage to ban beer advertising in baseball you can kiss the national pastime goodbye. — Roger Maris

To be manager of the Yankees under the malevolent dictatorship of George Steinbrenner is like being married to Zsa Zsa Gabor - the union is short and sweet. — Robert Rubin

Baseball has traditionally possessed a wonderful lack of seriousness. The game's best player, Babe Ruth, was a Rabelaisian fat man, and its most loved manager, Casey Stengel, spoke gibberish. In this lazy sport, only the pitcher pours sweat. Then he takes three days off. — Thomas Boswell

If you managed a baseball team, would you listen more closely to the team accountant or the director of player personnel? — Jack Welch

Jim Fregosi was not only one of the most respected men in baseball, he was a great man. He was a player's manager. He had that special gift as a manager that made you want to get to the field and play your ass off for him. Jim Fregosi was the reason that 1993 was one of the most exciting years in Philadelphia sports history. — Lenny Dykstra

Why would you want to stay manager and be second-guessed by me when you can come up into the front-office and be one of the second-guessers? — George Steinbrenner

I became a major league manager in several cities and was discharged. We call it discharged because there was no question I had to leave. — Casey Stengel

My feeling is that when you're managing a baseball team, you have to pick the right people to play and then pray a lot. — Robin Roberts

A baseball manager has learned a lot about his job from having played the game, but a parent has not learned a thing from having once been a child. — Bill Cosby

When I was a little kid playing baseball, my manager called me Sleepy. And only a few people, who know me from way, way back, call me that still. I used to drift off and that's why they made me the catcher, so I wouldn't fall asleep. That gift I have still. — Bill Murray


Of all the young men in America only a few hundred can get into major league baseball, and of these only a handful in a decade can get into the Hall of Fame. So it goes in all human activity. .. Some become multimillionaires and chairmen of the board, and some of us must be content to play baseball at company picnics or manage a credit union without pay. — William Feather

Studio executives are intelligent, brutally overworked men and women who share one thing in common with baseball managers: they wake up every morning of the world with the knowledge that sooner or later they're going to get fired. — William Goldman

A beggar had been sitting by the side of the road for over thirty years. One day a stranger walked by.Spare some change? mumbled the beggar, mechanically holding out his baseball cap.I have nothing to give you, said the stranger. Then he added, What's that you are sitting on?Nothing, replied the beggar, Just an old box. I have been sitting on it for as long as I can remember.Ever look inside? asked the stranger.What's the point? There's nothing in there.Have a look inside, insisted the stranger.The beggar managed to pry open the lid. With astonishment, disbelief, and elation, he saw the box was filled with gold. — Eckhart Tolle

I've kept in touch with many of my former teammates: Bob Marcucci was our team manager and we bonded over our passion for baseball. — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

When I took the job as the manager of the Olympic team, I didn't take it because I was a Dodger. I did it because I was an American, and I wanted to bring that gold medal where it belongs in baseball, the United States. And that's exactly what our team did. — Tommy Lasorda

The chance to be a general manager in major-league baseball and for a franchise as storied as this one, probably as storied as the Giants, is great. — Ned Colletti

He's (Jack McKeon) been around baseball for twenty-plus years. He knows what it takes to be a manager. I hope he gets the chance. — Ken Griffey, Jr.

(Al) Lopez is a great believer in speed and hustle, in the go-go style of baseball. No other manager is so determined a foe of stodgy baseball, lack of hustle and slipshod practices and so powerful an advocate of the unexpected. — Nellie Fox

Oh, for that remarkable and complex economy of motherhood. Those back and forth generosities-where one day a mom ferries the kids to the swim meet, or a mom takes your kid off to the movies while you're sick with the flu. And the next week after baseball you have all the kids sleep over. Not to mention the friend with whom you freely have the throw-your-hands-in-the-air-I-surrender discussions of how to manage any of it. — Victoria Redel

Jim Fregosi will be deeply missed in the baseball world. Joni and the rest of the family are in our prayers. Fregos, was the best manager I've ever played for. Our relationship was so special.and he was the one that taught me how to be a leader. Fregos and I could relate to each other whether we were in the clubhouse or on the field. In 1993 The City of Brotherly Love changed the world..Fregos was the driving force!!! — Darren Daulton

My eight years in Detroit, obviously, were my most successful years managing. I think that Pittsburgh and Detroit are probably very, very similar. We kinda rekindled the fire of baseball in Pittsburgh. We did the exact same thing in Detroit. — Jim Leyland

I managed 26 years and found out when I retired I didn't own the game. I thought I owned it when I was managing all those years. You can climb to the top of the mountain, get down on your knees and kiss the ground, because you'll never own that mountain. That mountain is only owned by one single person, and he'll never give it up. That's the way baseball is. — Sparky Anderson

Yes, in baseball when the team stinks, you fire the manager. But you don't fire him because it rains. And you don't let the opposing team choose a new manager for you. And you don't fire him between innings. And replace him with a Viennese weightlifter. — Bill Maher

He foresaw the platooning that managers like Casey Stengel used years before it happened. He told me I had to be a switch-hitter if I was going to play. — Mickey Mantle

I opposed the war in Iraq because I did not believe it was in our national security interest, and I still don't. What we [America] did was akin to taking a baseball bat to a beehive. Our primary security threat right now is terrorism - and by doing what we did in Iraq, we've managed to alienate a good part of the world and most of the allies whose intelligence and other help we need to combat and defeat terrorism. — Jerry Springer

I managed the Dodgers for 20 years. It's hard to believe that there are only four guys in the history of baseball who managed the same team for 20 years or more. One was owner of the team, Connie Mack. Another was part owner of the team, John McGraw. Then there was my predecessor, Walter Alston, and me. It's amazing. In the 20 years I managed the Dodgers, 210 managers were fired. — Tommy Lasorda

I feel like I have reached the stage where I can no longer produce for my club, my manager, and my teammates. I had a poor year, but even if I had hit .350, this would have been my last year. I was full of aches an pains and it had become a chore for me to play. When baseball is no longer fun, it's no longer a game. — Joe Dimaggio

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