quote by Gene Kelly

I never wanted to be a dancer. It's true! I wanted to be a shortstop for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

— Gene Kelly

Professional Shortstop quotations

I'd like to be remembered. I'd like to think that someday two guys will be talking in a bar and one of them will say something like, 'Yeah, he's a good shortstop, but he's not as good as ole Ripken was.'

Different styles work for different guys.

.. If you can handle shortstop and hit, teams will find a way to pencil you into the lineup.

The shortstop is a perfectly conditioned athlete.

You're running out on relays all the time. You're covering second base. On every pitch, you're moving.

My dad had been shortstop when he was in college, and you know, when you're a kid, you want to be just like your dad.

Good stockbrokers are a dime a dozen, but good shortstops are hard to find.

All that analysis is well and good, but what I need right now is a left-handed batter who can hit the ball over the shortstop's head.

If the shortstop makes an error, I am responsible. I let the batter hit the ball.

I feel a lot more comfortable at shortstop, but it's no problem, I'll move to make room.

I always wanted to be a shortstop so I could play more often!

Playing shortstop is 75 to 80 percent anticipation, knowing the hitter and the pitch being thrown.

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.

I can't do anything about how people who are all but completely unaware of my actual motivations and my actual thought process and my actual worldview, how they characterize me. There's not much I can do about it, except never say another word other than 'there's a ground ball to shortstop.' And I don't think that's going to happen.

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.

Before, shortstops and second basemen were mostly defensive guys that made all the plays and didn't really hit that well. But now it's beginning to change a little bit. Now, shortstops and second basemen are very productive in terms of run producing.

You are recognized by your bat. If you are the best hitting shortstop out there, that's how you win a Gold Glove. That's the way it is. It shouldn't be-it's a defensive award.

I name (Honus) Wagner first on my list, not only because he was a great batting champion and base-runner, and also baseball's foremost shortstop, but because Honus (Wagner) could have been first at any other position, with the possible exception of pitcher. In all my career, I never saw such a versatile player.

When you're a kid, you want to be a millionaire.

If I'm shifted two steps toward third base and the ball goes up the middle, people say I have no range to my left. That's why those statistics aren't accurate. You're changing for every batter, sometimes with every pitch. You really can't make one statistic for every shortstop. You have to go by what you see.

I just wanted to be like my dad, Jesus. He was a good shortstop.

He can run, steal bases, throw, hit for average, and hit with power like I've never seen. Just don't put him at shortstop.

I liked playing with David Eckstein (former Angels shortstop).

I'm not talking about players with top skills, I'm sure there were players with way more skill than him, but there were very few people in the league that had the heart like him.

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.

Nobody ever won a pennant without a star shortstop.

Shortstop … Captain … World Series. … As a kid, that’s kind of what you dream of.

There's just not a lot of inventory, and to find a shortstop or a catcher, or a centerfielder, that you think that could stay at those positions... they're very hard to acquire. Sometimes you have to overpay for them, because of that lack of inventory.

What is the top requirement for a second baseman? A fine shortstop.

I am fortunate in having the greatest shortstop in baseball, Luis Aparicio.

If Albert Einstein was right, Cal Ripken should have been a CEO or politician rather than a shortstop, because Ripken led by example over and over... and over again.

You should have seen Willie Wells play shortstop: as good as Ozzie Smith and a better hitter. How I wish people could have seen Ray Dandridge play third base, as good as Brooks Robinson and Craig Nettles and all of those. He was bowlegged; a train might go through there, but not a baseball.

I guess heaven needed a shortstop.

You've just got to keep playing hard.

You have to remember that you are not just playing for the Twins. There are other teams out there. If anybody needs a shortstop they are going to come knocking on the door. So, you just have to be ready at all times.

My Daddy was left-handed, and I was left-handed when I was little.

In fact, I was left-handed all the way to high school. Then I switched over to right-handed cause I wanted to play shortstop.

These are the saddest of possible words, Tinker-to-Evers-to-Chance.

Trio of Bear Cubs fleeter than birds, Tinker-to-Evers-to-Chance. Ruthlessly pricking our gonfalon bubble, Making a Giant hit into a double, Words that are weighty with nothing but trouble, Tinker-to-Evers-to-Chance. This brief poem, immortalized the Chicago Cubs' double-play combination: Shortstop Joe Tinker, second baseman Johnny Evers, and first baseman Frank Chance.

Japan has one of them crazy robot shortstops.

In my opinion, I've had the greatest job in the world.

I got a chance to be the shortstop for the New York Yankees, and there's only one of those. And I always felt as though it was my job, was to try to provide joy and entertainment for you guys, but it can't compare to what you brought me. So for that, thank you very much.

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