Never permit the pressure to exceed the pleasure.— Joe Maddon
Jaw-dropping Baseball Managers quotations
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
One of the beautiful things about baseball is the history.
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.
If you're playing baseball and thinking about managing, you're crazy.
You'd be better off thinking about being an owner.
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.
Baseball is the only sport that lets the managers and coaches go out onto the field and rant and rave
Why are baseball managers the only coaches who dress up like the players?
A baseball manager is a necessary evil.
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.'
Don't quote me on this, but if they ever manage to ban beer advertising in baseball you can kiss the national pastime goodbye.
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.
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.
I managed a team that was so bad we considered a 2-0 count on the batter a rally.
If you managed a baseball team, would you listen more closely to the team accountant or the director of player personnel?
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.
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?
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.
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.
Toughest job in baseball is the general manager. Second toughest is the hitting coach.
I SEND YOU MY HEARTY CONGRATULATIONS UPON BEGINNING THE THIRTIETH YEAR OF YOUR GREAT CAREER AS MANAGER OF THE NEW YORK GIANTS, IN WHICH YOU HAVE DONE SO MUCH TO UPHOLD THE TRADITIONS OF CLEAN SPORTSMANSHIP IN THE MOST BELOVED NATIONAL GAME.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.