Jim Tracy Quotes (763)
It boiled down to the sixth inning and they took some big at-bats in the sixth inning. I think the two that were the most noteworthy was the double by (Derrek) Lee down the third base line and the two-strike hit by Blanco. That was hit in the perfect spot and found it's way through the middle of the field.Bats
What I've been very impressed with -- and I think you need to give a tip of the cap to Lloyd McClendon and [his] staff here -- is that they played the game every time for 27 outs, ... They played with energy. They played hard. There's no question about that. That's a hell of a starting point.
Are Oliver Perez and Kip Wells important pieces as far as cogs in the wheel are concerned? Sure, they are. But I don't like any of my players -- and I go back to having Gary Sheffield , Kevin Brown , Shawn Green -- coming to work and feeling like, 'Hey, if I don't do it, then we as a group can't get it done.' This will be my sixth year as a manager, and that won't change. I believe you'll get more from the individual if he feels like he's a part of something and can, from that point, just relax and be who they're capable of being.
He has been doing extremely well with this [rehab] program with his shoulder, and is throwing. We're going to continue to allow our medical people to finish the job with that. But in the meantime he's completely available to hit. We're going to DH him when we have a chance to do so to get him some at-bats.
I think it's very safe to say that Ryan is not a finished product defensively. I also feel that, when you look at a major-league baseball team that has 25 active members and half of that is your pitching staff, it's pretty imperative that that stuff back there behind the plate gets taken care of.
As a manager, I came here to make this club better, markedly better. The guys in the clubhouse, they have to realize that as a player, you have to produce. I'm not saying you're perfect and a mistake can't be made. But when you do make it, the realization that you have made a mistake and what you have to do to correct it ... there has to be a real understanding of that.Club