Baseball Motivational Quotes

Champions and Coaches

Two things help me be a winner. One is I try to stay on an even keel. I don't get too high or too low. Two is I do a lot of visualization. I never see a bad pitch. I always see a good one.
Ila Borders, first woman starting pitcher in a men's professional baseball.

Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.
Babe Ruth

The pitcher has got only a ball. I've got a bat. So the percentage of weapons is in my favor and I let the fellow with the ball do the fretting.
Hank Aaron

You can't think and hit at the same time.
Yogi Berra

People ask me what I do in winter when there's no baseball. I'll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.
Rogers Hornsby

A ball player's got to be kept hungry to become a big-leaguer. That's why no boy from a rich family ever made the big leagues.
Joe DiMaggio

Fans don't boo nobodies.
Reggie Jackson

You can't steal second base and keep one foot on first.

Blind people come to the park just to hear him pitch.
Reggie Jackson on Tom Seaver

There are a lot of shots in golf I can't hit, but I try to hit them anyway. The frustration is not there, because I'm still learning. But I really know how to do this. I'm not just hoping to get it where I want it... Let the other guys do it half-assed.
Greg Maddux

Just take the ball and throw it where you want to. Throw strikes. Home plate don't move.
Satchel Paige

Hey big mouth, how do you spell triple?
Shoeless Joe Jackson to a heckler

When I played ball, I didn't play for fun. . . . It's no pink tea, and mollycoddles had better stay out. It's a contest and everything that implies, a struggle for supremacy, a survival of the fittest.
Ty Cobb




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I'm convinced that every boy, in his heart, would rather steal second base than an automobile.
Tom Clark

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

You can't sit on a lead and run a few plays into the line and just kill the clock. You've got to throw the ball over the goddamn plate and give the other man his chance. That's why baseball is the greatest game of them all.
Earl Weaver

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 seven years without ever hitting the ball.
Mickey Mantle

I have observed that baseball is not unlike war, and when you get right down to it, we batters are the heavy artillery.
Ty Cobb

I didn't get over 1300 walks without knowing the strike zone.
Wade Boggs

Sandy's fastball was so fast, some batters would start to swing as he was on his way to the mound.
Jim Murray

I became a good pitcher when I stopped trying to make them miss the ball and started trying to make them hit it.
Sandy Koufax

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

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

Baseball is a fun game. It beats working for a living.
Phil Linz

When they start the game, they don't yell, "Work ball." They say, "Play ball."
Willie Stargell

I don't want to play golf. When I hit a ball, I want someone else to go chase it.
Rogers Hornsby

With those who don't give a damn about baseball, I can only sympathize. I do not resent them. I am even willing to concede that many of them are physically clean, good to their mothers and in favor of world peace. But while the game is on, I can't think of anything to say to them.
Art Hill

Good pitching will beat good hitting any time, and vice versa.
Bob Veale

"If you do what you have always done, you will get what you have always got"
Mark Twain


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Every hitter likes fastballs, just like everybody likes ice cream. But you don't like it when someone's stuffing it into you by the gallon. That's what it feels like when Nolan Ryan's thrown balls by you.
Reggie Jackson

I don't care how long you've been around, you'll never see it all.
Bob Lemon

It's hard to win a pennant, but it's harder losing one.
Chuck Tanner

My motto was always to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was keep swinging.
Hank Aaron

Hitting is timing. Pitching is upsetting timing.
Warren Spahn

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

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

There are three types of baseball players: those who make things happen, those who watch it happen, and those who wonder what happens.
Tommy Lasorda

Baseball, it is said, is only a game. True. And the Grand Canyon is only a hole in Arizona.
George F. Will

Baseball is like a poker game. Nobody wants to quit when he's losing; nobody wants you to quit when you're ahead.
Jackie Robinson

The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don't play together, the club won't be worth a dime.
Babe Ruth

I have observed that baseball is not unlike war, and when you get right down to it, we batters are the heavy artillery.
Ty Cobb

Life will always throw you curves, just keep fouling them off... the right pitch will come, but when it does, be prepared to run the bases.
Rick Maksian

You don't save a pitcher for tomorrow. Tomorrow it may rain.
Leo Durocher

You can't sit on a lead and run a few plays into the line and just kill the clock. You've got to throw the ball over the goddamn plate and give the other man his chance. That's why baseball is the greatest game of them all.
Earl Weaver

I was such a dangerous hitter I even got intentional walks in batting practice.
Casey Stengel

You can learn little from victory. You can learn everything from defeat.
Christy Mathewson

The pitcher has to find out if the hitter is timid. And if the hitter is timid, he has to remind the hitter he's timid.
Don Drysdale

It ain't like football. You can't make up no trick plays.
Yogi Berra

This is a game to be savored, not gulped. There's time to discuss everything between pitches or between innings.
Bill Veeck

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.
Pete Hamill

My dad taught me to switch-hit. He and my grandfather, who was left-handed, pitched to me everyday after school in the back yard. I batted lefty against my dad and righty against my granddad.
Mickey Mantle




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You start chasing a ball and your brain immediately commands your body to 'Run forward, bend, scoop up the ball, peg it to the infield,' then your body says, 'Who me?'
Joe DiMaggio

You owe it to yourself to be the best you can possibly be - in baseball and in life.
Pete Rose

I can't very well tell my batters don't hit it to him. Wherever they hit it, he's there anyway (Mays).
Gil Hodges

I remember the last season I played. I went home after a ballgame one day, lay down on my bed, and tears came to my eyes. How can you explain that? It's like crying for your mother after she's gone. You cry because you love her. I cried, I guess, because I loved baseball and I knew I had to leave it.
Willie Mays

The ball went further than I ever went on vacation as a kid.
Gene Geiselmann

Baseball is ninety percent mental and the other half is physical.
Yogi Berra

In baseball, my theory is to strive for consistency, not to worry about the numbers. If you dwell on statistics you get shortsighted, if you aim for consistency, the numbers will be there at the end.
Tom Seaver

He hits my changeup. He hits my curveball. He hits my slider. I've run out of pitches to throw him. I just try to pick the spots where he's going to hit his homeruns.
Brian Bohanonn on pitching to Mark McGwire

Hitting is 50% above the shoulders.
Ted Williams

Hitting is timing. Pitching is upsetting timing.
Warren Spahn

Fundamentals are the most valuable tools a player can possess. Bunt the ball into the ground. Hit the cutoff man. Take the extra base. Learn the fundamentals.
Dick Williams

If you can't outsmart people, outwork them.
Bill Veeck

A hitter's impatience is the pitcher's biggest advantage.
Pete Rose

Mental attitude and concentration are the keys to pitching.
Ferguson Jenkins

The pitcher has to throw a strike sooner or later, so why not hit the pitch you want to hit and not the one he wants you to hit?
Johnny Mize

Control is what kept me in the big leagues for twenty-two years.
Cy Young

When you step into the batter's box, have nothing on your mind except baseball.
Pete Rose

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

Don't worry about your individual numbers. Worry about the team. If the team is successful, each of you will be successful, too.
Branch Rickey

Pitch within yourself.
Tom Seaver

Associate with those who help you believe in yourself.
Brooks Robinson

If you get fooled by a pitch with less than two strikes, take it.
Ted Williams

Be on time. Bust your butt. Play smart. And have some laughs along the way.
Whitey Herzog

Most one-run games are lost, not won.
Gene Mauch

It takes pitching, hitting and defense. Any two can win. All three make you unbeatable.
Joe Garagiola

Don't be afraid to take advice. There's always something new to learn.
Babe Ruth

You owe it to yourself to be the best you can possible be in baseball and in life.
Pete Rose

Show me a guy who's afraid to look bad, and I'll show you a guy you can beat.
Lou Brock



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