Listen to yourself, not the noise of the world. Only you know what is right for you.— Leon Brown
Vibrant Outfielder quotations
I was nicknamed 'Skeeter' in Little League because I was small and fast, like a mosquito flying across the outfield.
I told him I wasn't tired. He told me, no, but the outfielders sure are.
Sometimes we have to lose our way to find out what we really want, for we often ignore our needs until we are lost.
The test of an outfielder's skill comes when he has to go against the fence to make a catch.
The phrase 'off with the crack of the bat', while romantic, is really meaningless, since the outfielder should be in motion long before he hears the sound of the ball meeting the bat.
I can't believe that Babe Ruth was a better player than Willie Mays.
(Babe) Ruth is to baseball what Arnold Palmer is to golf. He got the game moving. But I can't believe he could run as well as (Willie) Mays, and I can't believe he was any better an outfielder.
I've always - outside of the outfielders running over the hump, and it could be slightly dangerous, and it can impact play; of course it can. But on the other side I think, again, just if you're pitching, a relief pitcher, I think it's kind of a great place to get involved in a game.
You are inferior to no one. others may treat you that way, but that is their problem. You are above all of this.
I am a lefty, though I bat right-handed.
.. When I was a kid I pitched, played first, outfield and shortstop as well. Now it's mainly softball with some friends.
Carl Yastrzemski was the best all-around player.
He could run, throw and hit. He had the ability to play a number of different positions. He signed as a shortstop. He could play the outfield, of course, and third base and first, too. He was a tremendous athlete. Mickey Mantle was unbelievable, too.
The outfield is solid, so is the catching and the infield.
Once in a while, I played second base;
once in a while, outfield. But those were just pickup games and softball leagues. So when I bought the Yankees, I tried to stay one pace ahead of the players.
The secret of my success was clean living and a fast outfield.
Gee, its lonesome in the outfield. It's hard to keep awake with nothing to do.
One reason outfielders don't have stronger arms might be they don't practice as much as we did. Most teams today don't take outfield practice. Another reason is baseball has to compete with other sports now - basketball, football, soccer - for the better athletes that might have more skills and stronger arms.
Find something good within your life and give every ounce of positivity you have towards it, then watch how your life changes.
I was a pitcher, shortstop and outfielder, and the Yankees tried to sign me out of high school as a first-round draft pick in 1981. I turned them down to go to college.
The art of cursing people seems to have lost its tang since the old days when a good malediction took four deep breaths to deliverand sent the outfielders scurrying toward the fence to field.
I never thought about being a writer as I grew up.
A writer wasn't something I wanted to be. An outfielder was something to be. Most of what I know about style I learned from Roberto Clemente.
You can't win if nobody catches the ball in the outfield.
You're only as good as the team you have behind you.
Switching to the outfield was the best break I ever got.
I made the Dixie Heights High School baseball team as an 8th grader and went on to have a very successful career. I was all state both my junior and senior years leading our team 3 district championships and 1 regional championship in 2001 which hadn't happened since 1991. My number has since been retired at Dixie Heights and a banner hangs from the outfield fence with my name and number on it.
Any sportswriter who thinks the world is no bigger than the outfield fence in not only a bad citizen, but also a lousy sportswriter.
I think I do a great job in the outfield.
I always could hit, but fielding I had to work at.
I took as much pride in fielding as hitting. I became a complete ballplayer. I knew when to take the extra base. I knew about the outfielder hitting the cutoff man. I knew when and how to bunt. I knew when to hit-and-run.
I've won plenty of games by knowing when to take out my pitcher;
whom to replace him with; or how to place my infield or outfield to defend properly against the opposing hitter.
We have some fast guys out there. It's always fun to compete with each other at practice in the outfield. It's going to be a fun year out there.
It took him 75 steps to get from third to home.
I thought we were going to have to go out there and help him. A lot of players start thinking double then maybe wind up with a triple because the outfielder slips.
What we're going to do is use spring training as sort of a feeling-out process for Phil and Preston and our other outfielders. It gives us a lot of comfort to know that you've got a pure center fielder like Preston. But he's also so athletic, he can come in and play either corner and we'll feel very comfortable with it.
I played sometimes about as dull as you can play it.
I did things the right way, you know. I think I modeled my playing ability after one of the all time greats, Joe DiMaggio. You always found Joe, when he played, you know, he always threw to the right base. He ran, he caught the ball. He did all the right things. He was an idol of mine in the outfield. He played the game the way it was supposed to be played.
I remember one spring when I was doing the team's telecasts, Bob Allison was with me, and we were walking through the clubhouse in Orlando. This kid who was trying to make it with the Twins as an outfielder came up to me and asked who was that with me. I said that's Bob Allison, and you better hope you have as good a career as he had.
Whenever we play the Twins, Torii Hunter has a major impact on defense.
He tells the left fielder and the right fielder to take the day off and he covers the whole outfield.
I never think Im going to make a double play in the outfield. But I did it.
When I was a rookie, Cy Young used to hit me flies to sharpen my abilities to judge in advance the direction and distance of an outfield-hit ball.