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550 Inspirational Baseball Coach Quotes and Sayings (2023)

1. “He hits my changeup. He hits my curveball. He hits my slider. I’ve run out of pitches to throw him. I try to pick the spots where he’s going to hit his home runs.” – Brian Bohannon


2. Coaching is a powerful experience that can be incredibly rewarding on and off the field. And being a baseball coach, you get to see your players’ skills develop on and off the field


3. “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.” – Sparky Anderson


4. “Never save a pitcher for tomorrow. Tomorrow it may rain.” – Leo Durocher


5. “How you respond to the challenge in the second half will determine what you become after the game, whether you are a winner or a loser.” – Lou Holtz


6. A true baseball coach is not only a teacher but a father figure as well. He teaches his players to become much more than they were before he stepped on the field


7. “I don’t know why people like the home run so much. A home run is over as soon as it starts… The triple is the most exciting play of the game. A triple is like meeting a woman who excites you, spending the evening talking and getting more excited, then taking her home. It drags on and on. You’re never sure how it’s going to turn out.” – George Foster


8. “Every day is a new opportunity. You can build on yesterday’s success or put its failures behind and start over again. That’s the way life is, with a new game every day, and that’s the way baseball is.” – Bullet Bob Feller


9. “Branch Rickey once said of me that I was a man with an infinite capacity for immediately making a bad thing worse.”


10. “There are three types of baseball players: those who make it happen, those who watch it happen, and those who wonder what happened.” – Tommy Lasorda


11. “Baseball is like church. Many attend, but few understand.” – Leo Ernest Durocher


12. “Baseball really is a glorified game of throw and catch. And if you don’t have guys who throw it really well, you can’t compete for long.” – Tucker Elliot


13. “I really love the togetherness in baseball. That’s real true love.” – Billy Martin


14. I never took the game home with me. I always left it in some bar. — Bob Lemon


15. “Baseball is a lot like life. It’s a day-to-day existence, full of ups and downs. You make the most of your opportunities in baseball as you do in life.” – American Sportscaster, Ernie Harwell


16. “I’ve fallen in love with baseball.” – Nick Jonas


17. There have been only two authentic geniuses in the world, Willie Mays and Willie Shakespeare. — Tallulah Bankhead


18. The way to catch a knuckleball is to wait until the ball stops rolling and then to pick it up. — Bob Uecker


19. “The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it’s a part of our past, Ray. It reminds of us of all that once was good and it could be again.” – Field of Dreams


20. “Baseball is one of the most beautiful games. It is. It is a very Zen-like game.” – Jim Jarmusch


21. A baseball coach is like a friend who is always willing to help out, even when you don’t ask


22. “You think losing is fun?” – Moneyball


23. Baseball coaches are men who do things the hard way, but in the end it always works out for the best


24. “Always play a game with somebody, never against them. Always win a game, never beat an opponent.” – Andrew Bailey


25. “What makes a bad coach? They don't study the current live game that is playing to know what to do. They always study previous games. Come with a plan and no matter what. They stick to that plan. They are not checking if the plan will work on the current game or match.”


26. “I do what I’ve trained my whole life to do. I watch the ball. I keep my eye on the ball. I never stop watching. I watch it as it sails past me and lands in the catcher’s mitt, a perfect and glorious strike three.” – Barry Lyga


27. “It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in spring when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone.” – A. Bartlett Giamatti


28. “No matter what I talk about, I always get back to baseball.” – Connie Mack


29. A baseball coach is a lot like the manager of a band. They’re always thinking, they keep everyone on track, and they’re always moving forward


30. If you get three strikes, even the best lawyer in the world can't get you off. — Bill Veeck


31. The Hall of Fame is for baseball people. Heaven is for good people. — Jim Dwyer


32. When you’re playing ball, you need someone to teach you the rules and show you how to play. And a man who coaches baseball is a coach, a teacher and a role model all wrapped in one


33. “Reading about baseball is a lot more interesting than reading about chess, but you have to wonder: Don’t any of these guys ever go fishing.” – Dave Shiflett


34. There are two theories on hitting the knuckleball. Unfortunately, neither one of them works. — Charlie Lau


35. A good baseball coach is your secret weapon. They ensure you’re physically prepared for the game and work with you to get your head right before a big game


36. “Baseball goals are attained not by strength but by perseverance.” – Felicity Luckey


37. “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


38. “Back then, my idol was Bugs Bunny, because I saw a cartoon of him playing ball — you know, the one where he plays every position himself with nobody else on the field but him? Now that I think of it, Bugs is still my idol. You have to love a ballplayer like that.” – Nomar Garciaparra


39. “Baseball, it is said, is only a game. True. And the Grand Canyon is only a hole in Arizona. Not all holes, or games, are created equal.” – George Will


40. “Worrying about things you can’t control is a waste both on the baseball field and in life.” – Tom Swyers


41. When you’re a coach, you’ve got to find a way to get the best out of people, motivating them. And if you can’t motivate them to want good, then maybe you shouldn’t be doing it


42. Never root for a team whose uniforms have elastic stretch waistbands. — Susan Sarandon


43. “Strikeouts are boring — besides that, they’re fascist. Throw some ground balls. More democratic.” – From the movie Bull Durham


44. “You can’t second guess baseball. You can’t second guess yourself.” – Mariano Rivera


45. “Baseball is, was, and always will be the best game in the world to me.” – Babe Ruth


46. “You know it’s summertime at Candlestick when the fog rolls in, the wind kicks up, and you see the center fielder slicing open a caribou to survive the ninth inning.” – Bob Scarlette


47. A great baseball coach doesn’t only know the game, he knows how to play it


48. “Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” – John Wooden


49. “It’s no coincidence that female interest in the sport of baseball has increased greatly since the ballplayers swapped those wonderful old-time baggy flannel uniforms for leotards.” – Mike Royko


50. “Baseball fans love numbers. They love to swirl them around their mouths like Bordeaux wine.” – Pat Conroy


51. “How can you not be romantic about baseball?” – Moneyball


52. “All requests for leave of absence on account of grandmother’s funeral, sore throat, housecleaning, lame back, turning of the ringer, headaches, brainstorm, cousin’s wedding, general ailments or other legitimate excuses must be made out and handed to the boss not later than 10 a.m. on the morning of the game.”


53. “Baseball is one of the most beautiful games. It is a very zen-like game.” – American Film Director, Jim Jarmusch


54. “Fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about the bad break I got. Yet today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth. I have been in ballparks for 17 years and have never received anything but kindness and encouragement from you fans.” – Lou Gehrig


55. “God, I love baseball.” – The Natural


56. “You know what we get to do today, Brooks? We get to play baseball.” – The Rookie


57. The baseball coach needs to be a man first. A real man does not brag about everything he has accomplished but carries himself so that others will believe in him


58. “Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.” – John Wooden


59. “I believe in the Church of Baseball. I tried all the major religions and most of the minor ones. I’ve worshipped Buddha, Allah, Brahma, Vishnu, Siva, trees, mushrooms, and Isadora Duncan. I know things. For instance, there are 108 beads in a Catholic rosary, and there are 108 stitches in a baseball. When I learned that, I gave Jesus a chance.” – Ron Shelton


60. “Baseball is more than a game to me, it’s a religion.” – MLB Umpire, William ‘Bill’ Klem


61. “Ideally, the umpire should combine the integrity of a Supreme Court judge, the physical agility of an acrobat, the endurance of Job, and the imperturbability of Buddha.” – “The Villains in Blue


62. Baseball coach is simply someone who sees talent in others and helps them realize that they have it too


63. “It ain't braggin if you can back it up...”


64. A great baseball coach can inspire players to go beyond their wildest dreams. And sometimes, the best way to inspire someone is with a kind word or a smile


65. Trying to sneak a pitch past Hank Aaron is like trying to sneak the sunrise past a rooster. — Joe Adcock


66. “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”


67. “Baseball is more than a game to me; it’s a religion.” – Bill Klem


68. “The more you play baseball, the less depends on your athletic ability. It’s a mental war more than anything.” – Alex Rodriguez


69. “Baseball players have such a bad rap of, like, we don’t work out, or we’re not strong or this or that. Guys work so hard in baseball, it’s incredible. But people don’t know that.” – Bryce Harper


70. “The other sports are just sports. Baseball is a love.” – Bryant Gumbel


71. “Baseball, to me, is still the national pastime because it is a summer game. I feel that almost all Americans are summer people, that summer is what they think of when they think of their childhood. I think it stirs up an incredible emotion within people.” – Steve Busby


72. “If you don’t know where you are, a map won’t help.” – Watts Humphrey


73. “Hitting is timing. Pitching is upsetting timing.” – Warren Spahn


74. “The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.” – Vince Lombardi


75. I never threw an illegal pitch. The trouble is, once in a while I toss one that ain't never been seen by this generation. — Satchel Paige


76. Baseball coaches have a lot of responsibilities, but they also have big hearts. A good coach is always looking for ways to help others succeed. And when he does, the results are always positive


77. “A ballplayer spends a good piece of his life gripping a baseball, and in the end, it turns out that it was the other way around all the time.” – Jim Bouton


78. “Stan Switala was one of the most fierce competitors I have ever seen in my coaching career. He wasn’t afraid of any hitter or any situation, which allowed him to have the success he did. I know Stan will carry this attitude over to his teaching, with his genuine desire to make his players the best they can be.” Jake Boss Jr., Michigan State University Head Baseball Coach


79. A baseball coach is a teacher who teaches you to hit, field, run and throw. They help you understand the game and they always have time for their players


80. “I have discovered in 20 years of moving around a ballpark, that the knowledge of the game is usually in inverse proportion to the price of the seats.” – Bill Veeck


81. Bob Gibson is the luckiest pitcher I ever saw. He always pitches when the other team doesn't score any runs. — Tim McCarver


82. “Coach Stan was the best! He was very informative and great for my 10 year old son. He learned more in an hour with Stan than years of practice with other coaches. We would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a coach!” Joanne W, Parent of Little Leaguer


83. “Baseball is an individual game, but it should never be a personal game.” – Pete Rose


84. “I used to believe, I still do, that if you give something your all it doesn’t matter if you win or lose, as long as you’ve risked everything put everything out there. And I’ve done that. I did it my entire life.” – For Love of the Game


85. “It was one at-bat during October 1975 that defined his [Joe Morgan’s] place in baseball history and secured the legacy of the Big Red Machine, all with one swing.” – Tucker Elliot


86. “We didn’t lose the game; we just ran out of time.” – Vince Lombardi


87. “Baseball is more than a game. It’s like life played out on a field.” – Juliana Hatfield


88. “I bet on the game of baseball, and I bet on my team, even the mistakes I made, I have to take a different look at someone betting against their team… that’s throwing the game.” – Pete Rose


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


90. “Fans don’t boo nobodies.” – Mr. October, Reggie Jackson


91. Passion and dedication make the difference between a good coach and a great one. And taking the field to teach a lesson is never a waste of time


92. A good baseball coach is like a good book. They make you think, feel, and want to learn more


93. “General manager Frank Lane made his mark on the club by making several unpopular or unsuccessful trades. Among the guys he traded to other teams are Rocky Colavito, Roger Maris, Norm Cash, and … manager Joe Gordon? Uh, yes. Lane and Detroit GM Bill DeWitt traded managers—Joe Gordon for Jimmy Dykes. Lane’s tenure ended shortly thereafter, long before the damage he caused.”


94. “Little League baseball is a very good thing because it keeps the parents off the streets.” – Yogi Berra


95. Being a baseball coach is not about taking a bat and throwing it. It’s about leading people and inspiring them to want more out of life


96. A good coach will teach you not just what to do, but also why you should do it


97. “Bright eyed, bushy tailed and fresh faced. These kids were Lawrences and Robbies that hadn't been in the league long enough to mature into Larrys and Bobs. They still had that earnest, hopeful glow like someone who cared was watching. Fame and endorsement deals would start flooding in if they could just squeeze out a triple.”


98. “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” – Seneca the Younger


99. “The other sports are just sports. Baseball is a love.” – Sportscaster, Bryant Gumbel


100. The baseball mania has run its course. It has no future as a professional endeavor. — Cincinnati Gazette editorial, 1879


101. “Coach Switala has immensely impacted my life on and off the field. While he has spent countless hours sharing his knowledge of the game with me, he has also taught me commitment, discipline, and hard work. He has helped me with my swing and also with my arm strength. I am currently attending William Penn University on an Athletic Scholarship thanks to Coach Switala. Because of him, I am now in a great position to continue my baseball career, as well as receive a great education.” Brad Chin, William Penn University Baseball Player


102. Coaching baseball is fun and challenging. It’s also a lot of work. But when life gets hard, a coach is there for you. I love being a coach because baseball is my passion, and I want to help all the kids out there reach their full potential


103. A baseball coach is someone who gives his players the right vision, then gets out of the way and lets them succeed


104. “When they start the game, they don’t yell, ‘Work ball.’ They say, ‘Play ball..’” – Willie Stargell


105. “God takes care of drunks and third basemen”


106. “A catcher must want to catch. He must make up his mind that it isn’t the terrible job it is painted, and that he isn’t going to say every day, ‘Why, oh why with so many other positions in baseball did I take up this one.” – Bill Dickey


107. A good coach is there to lend a helping hand, so you can work together towards the same goal: to win the game!


108. “There may be people that have more talent than you, but there is no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.” – Derek Jeter


109. A good coach doesn’t just teach you the tactics and skills required to win – they also teach you how to win. And if they’re a great coach, they’ll pass that on to the next generation


110. “Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.” – John Wooden


111. “You can’t be afraid to make errors! You can’t be afraid to be naked before the crowd, because no one can ever master the game of baseball, or conquer it. You can only challenge it.” – Lou Brock


112. “If you have the right mental attitude, nothing can stop you from achieving your baseball goals.” – Felicity Luckey


113. The best baseball coach is one who is a great listener, has a sense of humour, and will make you feel like you are a part of the team


114. “Baseball was, is and always will be to me the best game in… Baseball was, is and always will be to me the best game in the world.” – Babe Ruth


115. “Back in my day, we didn’t think about money as much. We enjoyed playing the game. We loved baseball. I didn’t think about anybody else but the Cardinals.” – Stan Musial


116. “Be on time. Bust your butt. Play smart. And have some laugh while you’re at It.” – Whitey Herzog


117. “I’d sell my soul for one long ball hitter.” – Damn Yankees!


118. “You’re killing me, Smalls!” – The Sandlot


119. “In the 8th inning, you can’t hear the roar of the 9th, all you can do to hold yourself together and trust.” – Jim Abbott


120. “That’s baseball, and it’s my game. Y’ know, you take your worries to the game, and you leave ’em there. You yell like crazy for your guys. It’s good for your lungs, gives you a lift, and nobody calls the cops. Pretty girls, lots of ’em.” – Humphrey Bogart


121. A baseball coach is someone who steps into the life of a talented athlete and helps shape them into an all-star


122. “You can talk about teamwork on a baseball team, but I’ll tell you, it takes teamwork when you have 2,900 men stationed on the U.S.S. Alabama in the South Pacific.” – Bob Feller


123. If you don't succeed at first, try pitching. — Jack Harshman


124. Passion and dedication differ between a good and a great coach. And the passion and dedication of a talented teacher are the essences of great coaching


125. Baseball coach is a person of character. He is tough but does not abuse his authority; kind but does not tolerate laziness or disobedience. He has respect for the players and always wants the best for them


126. “It ain’t like football. You can’t make up no trick plays.” – Yogi Berra


127. A great baseball coach is more than just a teacher. He’s someone you can always count on to keep you grounded


128. “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 you throw Nolan Ryan balls.” – Reggie Jackson


129. “Confucius say: Baseball wrong — a man with four balls cannot walk..”


130. “Baseball was made for kids, and grown-ups only screw it up.” – Bob Lemon


131. “There are three types of baseball players: Those who make it happen, those… There are three types of baseball players: Those who make it happen, those who watch it happen and those who wonder what happens.” – Tommy Lasorda


132. Baseball coach is a person who is always on the move, yet he stays very calm. He never sees any signs of game or loss, and everything seems to turn out fine for him


133. “It’s all phases of the game. First, and I said this in the press conference, I want teams to hate to play us. I want them to feel what it’s like playing the Tigers where we’re constantly pressing on them and creating pressure on them. I want it to be a team that you’re extremely proud of when you fill this stadium. Like, you’re eager to come to the ballpark on a Friday night after a long day of work because you know the effort and the execution that our team is going to play with.”


134. “Baseball is a team game but, at the same time, it’s a very lonely game: unlike in soccer or basketball, where players roam around, in baseball, everyone has their little plot of the field to tend. When the action comes to you, the spotlight is on you, but no one can help you.” – Chad Harbach


135. A baseball coach clarifies that success comes from working as a team. He keeps everyone in line but never gets too carried away by the action on the field


136. “Baseball is not life. It is a fiction, a metaphor. And a ballplayer is a man who agrees to uphold that metaphor as though lives were at stake.”


137. “The formula for success is simple: practice and concentration then more practice and more concentration.” – Babe Didrikson Zaharias


138. Baseball coaching is about making you a man, not necessarily by physical means, but by encouraging you to be the best version of yourself


139. “Playing baseball for pay – a home run. Teaching kids to play the game – priceless.” – Jack Perconte


140. “My coaching staff gets to go to the World Series. From a financial perspective that’s great for coaches because baseball coaches in the Major League level don’t really make that much money. People don’t realize that.” – Joe Maddon


141. “Baseball is dull only to dull minds.” – Red Barber


142. “I’ve always loved baseball. Ever since 6th grade, I was geared to becoming a baseball writer.” – Scott Miller


143. “It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard… is what makes it great.” – A League of Their Own


144. “Baseball is a good thing. Always was, always will be.” – Stephen King


145. Third ain't so bad if nothin' is hit to you. — Yogi Berra


146. It ain't nothin' till I call it. — Bill Klem, legendary Major League Baseball umpire


147. “Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect.” – Vince Lombardi


148. “How can you not be romantic about baseball?” –Moneyball


149. A great coach is there for more than just teaching you what to do and how to do it. He’s there to spend time with you, motivate you, and help keep you going


150. “In baseball, you train the whole body, except for the hip and eyes.” – Rickey Henderson


151. Well, it took me 17 years to get 3,000 hits in baseball, and I did it in one afternoon on the golf course. — Hank Aaron


152. “I’d be willing to bet you, if I was a betting man, that I have never bet on baseball.” – Pete Rose


153. “I’m ugly. So what? I’ve never seen anyone hit with his face.”


154. “Doctors tell me I have the body of a thirty-year-old. I know I have the brain of a fifteen-year-old. If you’ve got both, you can play baseball.” – Pete Rose


155. If a woman has to choose between catching a fly ball and saving an infant's life, she will choose to save the infant's life without even considering if there is a man on base. — Dave Barry


156. “There have been only two geniuses in the world. Willie Mays and Willie Shakespeare.” – Tallulah Bankhead


157. “The two most important things in life are good friends and a strong bullpen.” – Bob Lemon


158. “Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you… Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan.” – Tom Landry


159. “Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better.” – Pat Riley


160. Think! How the hell are you gonna think and hit at the same time? — Yogi Berra


161. The role of a baseball coach can be viewed as that of a father figure. He’s the guy who shows up at every game and makes you believe in yourself, pushes you to play hard and helps you prepare for your next game


162. “If I didn’t make it in baseball, I won’t have made it workin’. I didn’t like to work.” – Yogi Berra


163. “When they knock you down, you not only have to get up, but you have to make it clear that you won’t be knocked down a second time.” – Carl Yastrzemski


164. “The other sports are just sports. Baseball is love.” – Bryant Gumbel


165. “Baseball is about talent, hard work, and strategy. But at the deepest level, it’s about love, integrity, and respect.” – Pat Gillick


166. “To a pitcher, a base hit is the perfect example of negative feedback.” – Steve Holley


167. “Often, bumpy roads lead to beautiful places. And this is a beautiful place.”


168. “Baseball is not life. It is a fiction, a metaphor. And a ballplayer is a man who agrees to uphold that metaphor as though lives were at stake.” – David James Duncan


169. “Putting lights in Wrigley Field is like putting aluminum siding on the Sistine Chapel.” – Roger Simon


170. “Baseball is ninety percent mental and the other half is physical.” – Yogi Berra


171. “There has always been a saying in baseball that you can’t make a hitter, but I think you can improve a hitter. More than you can improve a fielder. More mistakes are made hitting than in any other part of the game.” – Ted Williams


172. After Jackie Robinson, the most important black in baseball history is Reggie Jackson. — Reggie Jackson


173. “If you’re not practicing, somebody else is, somewhere, and he’ll be ready to take your job.” – Brooks Robinson


174. “You don’t save a pitcher for tomorrow. Tomorrow it may rain.” – Leo Durocher


175. The best baseball coaches are the ones who teach and nurture while encouraging. They are the most important people in a player’s life


176. “Playing for Top Speed Baseball and Coach Stan was the best decision I as a player have ever made. Playing at a high level of baseball everyday and being coach by the best in the business only helped me improve my game. After only knowing coach Stan for just a few minutes while on the phone I knew the man was a coach who wanted to win but also knew how to win. His winning attitude was what gave me the confidence to excel at my highest level when it came to playing in big games Playing with this type of attitude and the help of coach Stan was what help me get a scholarship to my current school. This was only made possible through Top Speed Baseball and Coach Stan. He will always be someone I can talk to about anything whether it be baseball or life. I will always be in debt to coach Stan for the help and coaching I received.” Will Wurth, Texas A&M International University Baseball Player


177. A baseball coach is like a doctor—someone who knows when to be professional, but also knows when to have fun with a joke


178. “We picked the Red Sox because they lose. If you root for something that loses for 86 years, you’re a pretty good fan. You don’t have to win everything to be a fan of something.” – Jimmy Fallon


179. “The only thing I can do is play baseball. I have to play ball. It’s the only thing I know.” – Mickey Mantle


180. “Playing baseball for a living is like having a license to steal.” – Pete Rose


181. “Baseball hasn’t forgotten me. I go to a lot of old-timers’ games, and I haven’t lost a thing. I sit in the bullpen and let people throw things at me. Just like old times.” – Bob Uecker


182. A baseball coach is someone who encourages you to become the best version of yourself. That’s what I love about my job, and it makes me feel so good knowing that I’m making a difference in people’s lives


183. “There are three types of baseball players: Those who make it happen, those who watch it happen, and those who wonder what happens.” – Tommy Lasorda


184. “In baseball, you can’t kill the clock. You’ve got to give the other man his chance. That’s why this is the greatest game.” – Earl Weaver


185. The funny thing about these uniforms is that you hang them in the closet and they get smaller and smaller. — Curt Flood


186. “There are three things you can do in a baseball game. You can win, or you can lose, or it can rain.” – Casey Stengel


187. “Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good, too.”


188. “Do what you love to do and give it your very best. Whether it’s business or baseball, or the theater, or any field. If you don’t love what you’re doing and you can’t give it your best, get out of it. Life is too short. You’ll be an old man before you know it.” – Al Lopez


189. A good baseball coach is someone who gives you the confidence to believe in yourself, and the respect to never stop practicing


190. Us ballplayers do things backward. First we play, then we retire and go to work. — Charlie Gehringer


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


192. “There are only two seasons: winter and baseball.” – Bill Veeck, Jr.


193. “Spread the diaper in the position of the diamond with you at-bat. Then fold second base down to home and set the baby on the pitcher’s mound. Put first base and third together, bring up home plate and pin the three together. Of course, in case of rain, you gotta call the game and start all over again.” – Jimmy Piersall


194. A coach’s job isn’t about winning. It’s about instilling a winning attitude in others


195. “When baseball is no longer fun, it’s no longer a game.” – Joe DiMaggio


196. “It is dangerous to spring to obvious conclusions about baseball or, for that matter, ballplayers. Baseball is not an obvious game.” – Roger Kahn


197. “I’d wake up at night with the smell of the ball park in my nose, the cool of the grass on my feet… The thrill of the grass.” – Field of Dreams


198. “Baseball is a team sport played by individuals for themselves.” – Joe Torre


199. “When you step into the batter’s box, have nothing on your mind except baseball.” – Pete Rose


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


201. “We’re the best team in baseball, but not by much.” – Sparky Anderson


202. “I’d walk through hell in a gasoline suit to play baseball.” – Pete Rose


203. “Baseball is also a game of balance.”


204. “Talking to Yogi Berra about baseball is like talking to Homer about the gods.” – A. Bartlett Giamatti, former Commissioner of Baseball


205. “Never permit the pressure to exceed the pleasure.” – Joe Maddon


206. “Every day is a new opportunity. You can build on yesterday’s success or put its failures behind and start over again. That’s the way life is, with a new game every day, and that’s the way baseball is.” – Bob Feller


207. Baseball coaches are like gold dust. You never know when they’ll turn up, but their value can’t be measured by their size or how good they smell


208. “Deep down, it’s all baseball, no matter what kind of geometrical shape you play it with.” – Vernon D. Burns


209. A great baseball coach knows how to strike the right balance between being serious and having fun


210. A baseball coach is a man with a plan. A plan to be the best he can be and a plan to enjoy the people around him along the way


211. “Coach Stan was so awesome, He built Justin’s confidence up in just a hour session, very knowledgeable. I would highly recommend him for coaching anyone. Justin can’t wait for his next session with coach Stan!” Rafael M, Parent of Little Leaguer


212. “Winning takes talent; to repeat takes character.” – John Wooden


213. “Baseball can be slow in many ways. The action starts with when the pitcher delivers the ball. But the action really starts when the crack of the bat happens.” – Cal Ripken, Jr


214. “A baseball park is the one place where a man’s wife doesn’t mind his getting excited over somebody else’s curves.” – Brendan Francis


215. “Slump? I ain’t in no slump… I just ain’t hitting.” – Yogi Berra


216. “The best way to catch a knuckleball is to wait until the ball stops rolling and then pick it up.” – Bob Uecker


217. “Well, it took me 17 years to get 3,000 hits in baseball, and I did it in one afternoon on the golf course.” – Hank Aaron


218. “A baseball manager is a necessary evil.” – George ‘Sparky’ Anderson


219. There ain't much to being a ballplayer, if you're a ballplayer. — Honus Wagner


220. A good coach leads his team to their success. It’s not a solo effort. And making a difference in the lives of young people has never been more challenging


221. “If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace… If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.” – Yogi Berra


222. “Football is like life – it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority.” – Vince Lombardi


223. “Does it disturb anyone else that ‘The Los Angeles Angels’ baseball team translates directly to ‘The The Angels Angels’?” – Neil DeGrasse Tyson


224. A baseball coach knows his role and will never push for more than what you can handle. He understands that to be successful, you must crawl before you walk and walk before you run


225. “That’s one of the great gifts of this, the greatest of all games, baseball: it allows you, still, to lose yourself in a dream, to feel and remember a season of life when summer never seemed to die and the assault of cynicism hadn’t begun to batter optimism.” – Mike Barnicle


226. “A man has to have goals – for a day, for a lifetime – and that was mine, to have people say, ‘There goes Ted Williams, the greatest hitter who ever lived.” – Ted Willams


227. “Real ballplayers pass the stuffing by rolling it up in a ball and batting it across the table with a turkey leg.”


228. “Baseball players with goals succeed because they know where they’re going.” – Felicity Luckey


229. “One of the beautiful things about baseball is that every once in awhile, you come into a situation where you want to, and where you have to, reach down and prove something.” – Nolan Ryan


230. “Think?! How are you supposed to think and hit at the same time?”


231. “Positive expectations are important for your baseball success because you tend to get what you expect.” – Felicity Luckey


232. “Yes. I want to collect outs. We want to be hard to get out when we’re on offense and we want to get outs quickly while we’re on defense. It is a very good thing if the player hits the ball exactly where we’re standing. What I will promise you guys is we will spend hours upon hours upon hours scouting our opponent so we know how to pitch them. We know how to play them and they hit it where we’re standing a lot."


233. “You wanna have a catch?” –Field of Dreams


234. Little League baseball is a very good thing because it keeps the parents off the streets. — Yogi Berra


235. “It is well to remember that a Martian observing his first baseball game would be quite correct in concluding that the last two words of the National Anthem are: PLAY BALL.” – Herbert H. Paper


236. “A baseball fan has the digestive apparatus of a billy goat. He can, and does, devour any set of diamond statistics with an insatiable appetite and then nuzzles hungrily for more.” – Arthur Daley


237. “Baseball is the only sport I know that when you’re on offense, the other team controls the ball.” – Ken Harrelson


238. “A well-run restaurant is like a winning baseball team. It makes the most of every crew member’s talent and takes advantage of every split-second opportunity to speed up service.” – David Ogilvy


239. “The season starts too early and finishes too late, and there are too many games in between.” – Bill Veeck


240. “I’m the straw that stirs the drink.” – Reggie Jackson


241. “Days during the baseball season don't start with M, T, W, F, or S. They only start with G or O: game day or off day.”


242. “I see great things in baseball. It’s our game — the American game. It will take our people out-of-doors, fill them with oxygen, give them a larger physical stoicism. Tend to relieve us from being a nervous, dyspeptic set. Repair these losses, and be a blessing to us.” – Walt Whitman


243. “What is both surprising and delightful is that spectators are allowed, and even expected, to join in the vocal part of the game… There is no reason why the field should not try to put the batsman off his stroke at the critical moment by neatly timed disparagements of his wife’s fidelity and his mother’s respectability.” – George Bernard Shaw


244. “I’ve come to the conclusion that the two most important things in life are good friends and a good bullpen.” – Bob Lemon


245. “The Yankees don’t pay me to win every day – just two out of three.” – Casey Stengel


246. “I played with Stan at Eastern Michigan University and he was also a very intense and passionate player that never settled for second best. He is now dedicated to bringing out these characteristics in his clients. That is why his clients will become competitors.” Dan Hyott, Former Eastern Michigan University teammate and former PRO with Kalamazoo Kings.


247. Baseball coach is someone who makes dreams come true. Baseball is a game of sacrifice and faith, but the best coaches make the most of every moment


248. “My job is to give my team a chance to win.” – Nolan Ryan


249. “Basketball, hockey and track meets are action heaped upon action, climax upon climax, until the onlooker’s responses become deadened. Baseball is for the leisurely afternoons of summer and for the unchanging dreams.” – Roger Kahn


250. “It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.” – John Wooden


251. When you’re coaching a baseball team, there are a lot of moments that can be tough. But it’s important to remember what matters most: the people and memories you build together


252. “Baseball is the only major sport that appears backward in a mirror.” – George Carlin


253. “Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” – Vince Lombardi


254. So I'm ugly. So what? I never saw anyone hit with his face. — Yogi Berra


255. Great coaches know what rules to follow in order to help you win. And one of the best things about being a good coach is having fun with your team


256. The best baseball coaches are the ones who feel like friends, who can give you advice and encouragement when you need it


257. “With baseball, it’s simple. There’s no mystery to what happens on the field because everything has a label – full count, earned run, perfect game – and there’s a certain amount of comfort in this terminology. There’s no room for confusion.” – Jennifer E. Smith


258. “A game of great charm in the adoption of mathematical measurements to the timing of human movements, the exactitudes and adjustments of physical ability to hazardous chance. The speed of the legs, the ability of the body, the grace of the swing, the elusiveness of the slide — these is the features that make Americans everywhere forget the last syllable of a man’s last name or the pigmentation of his skin.” – Branch Rickey


259. “The great thing about baseball is when you’re done, you’ll only tell your grandchildren the good things. If they ask me about 1989, I’ll tell them I had amnesia.” – Sparky Anderson


260. “Yesterday’s home runs don’t win today’s games.” – Babe Ruth


261. “Baseball builds more character than bible.”


262. “I chose baseball because, to me, baseball is the best game of all.” – Dave Winfield


263. “A hot dog at the ballgame beats roast beef at the Ritz.” – Humphrey Bogart


264. “No one loves the numbers more than I do, but numbers don’t measure everything, especially when it comes to evaluating defense. And in the end, I am going to trust Buck Showalter’s eyes more than a set of statistics devised by someone who never played the game.” – Tim Kurkjian


265. “I’m going to do my best to help the team play hard and help the team win… I’m just coming to play baseball.” – Asdrubal Cabrera


266. “Baseball is an allegorical play about America, a poetic, complex, and subtle play of courage, fear, good luck, mistakes, patience about fate, and sober self-esteem.” – Saul Steinberg


267. “A good Baseball coach will make his players see what they can be.”


268. Beethoven can't really be great because his picture isn't on a bubble gum card. — Charles Schulz


269. “I just want to play baseball.” – David Ortiz


270. “I was such a dangerous hitter; I even got intentional walks in batting practice.” – Casey Stengel


271. “Nobody wanted me. Scouts told me to go to school, to forget baseball. Coaches said, ‘You’re never going to make it.’ I appreciated their honesty, because I think when someone tells you something you may not like, you have to use that as fuel for motivation.” – Mike Piazza


272. “Baseball happens to be a game of cumulative tension, but football, basketball, and hockey are played with hand grenades and machine guns.” – John Leonard


273. “Baseball life is a tough life for the family.” – Nolan Ryan


274. “Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit. Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.” – Vince Lombardi


275. “I see great things in baseball. It’s our game, the American game. It will repair our losses and be a blessing to us all.” –Bull Durham


276. A baseball coach is as good as his word. If he says, “I am going to do it,” he doesn’t just mean it for today. He means it forever


277. “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


278. When you start the game, they don't say "Work ball!" They say "Play ball!" — Willie Stargell


279. “When you start the game, they don’t say “Work ball!” They say, “Play ball!”” – Willie Stargell. “


280. “Pitching is the art of instilling fear.” – Sandy Koufax


281. “Nobody deserves to go to the World Series more than the Chicago Cubs. But they can’t go because that would spoil their custom of never going. It is an irreconcilable paradox.” – Bill Bryson


282. “There’s almost nothing worse than spending an entire day anticipating watching a Yankees vs. Red Sox game, only to have the score by 9-0 in the third inning.” – Tucker Elliot


283. He's the strangest hitter in baseball. Figure him out one way and he'll kill you another. — Sandy Koufax on Roberto Clemente


284. “The questions came...hurling at him...like the balls from a baseball pitching machine...just one after the other without a care or concern of where they went - but he couldn't hit them, he didn't have a baseball bat - he only had a toothpick!”


285. A good coach knows how to keep his players motivated and focused on improving their skills. He also helps his players develop their personalities and social skills on and off the field


286. Baseball coaches are like professional gardeners, tending to the hard work of getting kids ready for life


287. “I stand by my belief that individual performances are the most important part of baseball.” – Earl Weaver


288. The man who coaches baseball is the one who brings out the best in us


289. “As a kid, before I could play music, I remember baseball being the one thing that could always make me happy.” Country Singer, Garth Brooks


290. “Coach Stan is an excellent baseball coach. Just in an hour session we were able to get a lot of swings in and really drill the fundaments of the swing. He pointed out some things for me to adjust upon and also he commended the things that I was doing correctly. My swing now feels looser and smoother after my first session with Coach Stan. I had a great session and I would recommend him for anyone!” Riley Q, Current College Baseball Player


291. A good baeball coach is someone who encourages you to dream big and helps you find ways to achieve those dreams


292. A baseball coach cares about his players deeply and wants nothing more than to create a winning team. Players who think of him as more than just their mentor know that he is, indeed, a man who has walked in their shoes


293. “Close doesn’t count in baseball. Close only counts in horseshoes and grenades.” – Frank Robinson


294. Who is this Baby Ruth? And what does she do? — George Bernard Shaw


295. “This quitting thing, it’s a hard habit to break once you start.” – The Bad News Bears


296. “Man, this is baseball, you gotta stop thinking! Just have fun.” – The Sandlot


297. A baseball coach is someone who makes sure the talent in his hands has a chance to shine


298. The majority of American males put themselves to sleep by striking out the batting order of the New York Yankees. — James Thurber


299. Staying motivated can be difficult, but a good coach knows how to keep it fun without losing focus. A good baseball coach knows how to get the most out of his players – and keep it fun


300. “At thirty-three the Whammer still enjoyed exceptional eyesight. He saw the ball spin off Roy's fingertips and it reminded him of a white pigeon he had kept as a boy, that he would send into flight by flipping it into the air. The ball flew at him and he was conscious of its bird-form and white flapping wings, until it suddenly disappeared from view. He heard a noise like the bang of a firecracker at his feet and Sam had the ball in his mitt. Unable to believe his ears he heard Mercy intone a reluctant strike.”


301. The best part of being a baseball coach is watching kids discover the game for the first time and seeing them get excited about hitting their first home run


302. Lasorda's standard reply when some new kid would ask directions to the whirlpool was to tell him to stick his foot in the toilet and flush it. — Steve Garvey


303. “Baseball is more than a game. It’s like life played out on a field.” – Musician, Juliana Hatfield


304. A good baseball coach clarifies that success comes from working as a strong team but also knows not to take things too seriously


305. “Wouldn’t have it any other way. Honestly, coming out here at least once or twice a summer to Atlanta to recruit, I was one of the guys that actually welcomed that. It’s something different. You embrace it and it gives us a little bit of an advantage, so I’m all about the humidity as crazy as that might sound.”


306. “Baseball? It’s just a game — as simple as a ball and a bat. Yet, as complex as the American spirit, it symbolizes. It’s a sport, business — and sometimes even religion.” – Ernie Harwell


307. “Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.” – Babe Ruth


308. “Swing hard, in case they throw the ball where you’re swinging.” – Duke Snider


309. “It never ceases to amaze me how many of baseball’s wounds are self-inflicted.” – Bill Veeck


310. “Bad ballplayers make great managers, not the other way around. All I can do is help them be as good as they are.” – Earl Weaver


311. A man once told me to walk with the Lord. I'd rather walk with the bases loaded. — Ken Singleton


312. “Pick me out a winner, Bobby.” – The Natural


313. “Slump? I ain’t in no slump. I just ain’t hitting.”


314. “I call 'em as I see 'em”


315. A baseball coach is like a parent—you love them, but you’re mad at them too


316. “I love baseball. The game allowed me the influence to impact kids positively. This gives me a chance to talk to some social issues.” – Cal Ripken, Jr.


317. “To not look at the data is foolish, but to look at the data as having all the answers is even more foolish. It is a collision of new-school statistics and statisticians against old-school managers, coaches, and instructors. Neither side is right, neither is wrong; there is so much to be gained from listening to both sides.” – Tim Kurkjian


318. “It’s fun; baseball is fun.”


319. “Little League baseball is a very good thing because it keeps the parents off the streets.”


320. “The one thing I always said to myself was that when baseball started to feel more like a job, it would be time to move forward.” – Derek Jeter


321. A great coach doesn’t just show you how to play the game, but also explains why you should play by the rules


322. “Baseball was, is, and always will be the best game in the world to me.” – Babe Ruth


323. “Analyzing baseball yields many numbers of interest and value. Yet far and away – far, far and away- the most critical number in all of baseball is 3: the three outs that define an inning. Until the third out, anything is possible; after it, nothing is.” – Eric Walker


324. A great baseball coach is not someone who just tells you the rules, but also teaches you the importance of playing by those rules


325. Baseball coaches are like architects. They build a house with so much heart, and they know how to get the most out of their players


326. “The place was always cold, and I got the feeling that the fans would have enjoyed baseball more if it had been played with a hockey puck.” – Andre Dawson


327. “My purpose, MY WHY, is to provide for my family, while also doing everything I can to develop quality people through the many life lessons that Baseball provides daily.”


328. “As a college coach, I greatly appreciate and respect the credibility Coach Switala brings to the recruiting process. His extensive baseball background coupled with his commitment to develop young players makes him a key connection in Northern California. I know I can contact Stan at any time to assess player talent in his area. ” Mike Laird, William Penn University Head Baseball Coach


329. “No game in the world is as tidy and dramatically neat as baseball, with cause and effect, crime and punishment, motive and result, so cleanly defined.” – Paul Gallico


330. “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


331. “If you can’t imitate him, don’t copy him.” – Yogi Berra


332. There's no crying in baseball! — Tom Hanks in A League of Their Own


333. “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


334. “Sometimes are feats aren’t so fabulous, they’re just dubious—but either way, they’re fun to talk about.”


335. A baseball coach is more like a father to you. He’ll take you from boyhood to manhood through the ups and downs of life. He’s always there for you and ready to help in any way he can. He’s a teacher, a counsellor and an adviser all rolled into one


336. Baseball coaches are teachers, advisors, and disciplinarians. They ensure their players understand the game and do what it takes to win


337. “See what I mean?' Schmarzo said. 'This life fucks with you, man. I always say it's like scratching lottery tickets: when you have enough guys together playing the lottery--buying scratch-offs--of course one or two of them is gonna win big. It's inevitable. But they win and you're left sitting there scratching away. you throw your money and time away one dollar and one day at a time. But those guys won, right? Maybe I can too. So we keep coming back for more until we realize we're broke and out of time.' He leaned forward, elbows on his knees, and got to work staring another hole through the floor. 'That's what it's like to play single-A baseball.”


338. “I don’t want to play golf. When I hit a ball, I want someone else to go chase it.” – Rogers Hornsby


339. If a horse won't eat it, I don't want to play on it. — Dick Allen on artificial turf


340. To be a great coach, you must work on your relationships with others, your preparation and communication skills. Every player needs someone to believe in them—a leader who will push, inspire and get the best out of them


341. “If the people don’t want to come out to the ballpark, nobody’s gonna stop ’em.”


342. When you think of baseball coaches, the first thing that comes to mind is passion. It’s the defining characteristic of a great coach


343. “Progress always involves risks. You can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first.” – Frederick B. Wilcox


344. “Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of ten and be considered a good performer.” – Ted Williams


345. “Baseball is ninety percent mental. The other half is physical.”


346. “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


347. I'd be willing to bet you, if I was a betting man, that I have never bet on baseball. — Pete Rose


348. “To have some idea what it’s like, stand in the outside lane of a motorway, get your mate to drive his car at you at 95 mph, and wait until he’s 12 yards away before you decide which way to jump.” – Geoffrey Boycott


349. “I don’t rate them; I just hit them.” – Willie Mays


350. “Rooting for the Yankees is like rooting for the house in blackjack.” – Adam Morrow


351. “This is like deja vu all over again.”


352. “A baseball game is twice as much fun if you’re seeing it on the company’s time.” – William C. Feather


353. A hot dog at the game beats roast beef at the Ritz. — Humphrey Bogart


354. A good baseball coach knows how to keep the ball moving and entertain his players


355. “Baseball can be slow in many ways. The action starts with when the pitcher delivers the ball. But the action really starts when the crack of the bat happens.” – Cal Ripken, Jr.


356. A baseball coach isn’t just someone who teaches the game. He’s a guide on the road to success


357. Baseball coaches are like moms. You may not always agree with them, but they always know what’s best for you


358. I think I throw the ball as hard as anyone. The ball just doesn't get there as fast. — Eddie Bane


359. A coach is someone who builds a bridge, whether it be literal or metaphorical, and then helps you cross over. And sometimes, the best way to find a good player is to ask a great coach


360. “If you build it, he will come.” – Field of Dreams


361. “The other teams could make trouble for us if they win.” – Yogi Berra


362. “Baseball is drama with an endless run and an ever-changing cast.” – Joe Garagiola


363. “Man, this is baseball. You gotta stop thinking, just have fun.” –The Sandlot


364. A good baseball coach is the difference between a mediocre player and a great one


365. We will never share your information


366. “Baseball is like driving, it’s the one who gets home safely that counts.” – Tommy Lasorda


367. “Before the summer began I was not going to play baseball and just concentrate on getting stronger before next season. Thankfully, I was contacted by Coach Stan Switala. Turns out that Coach Stan was one of the best coaches I would have the privilege to play for. Not only is he extremely knowledgeable in all aspects of the game, but he also is one of the most competitive coaches you will ever meet. If you work hard for him he will do everything he can for you as a player. Coach Stan has excellent connections and his opinion is trusted by coaches all over the country. One of the best things about Coach is he will never mislead you as a player and always builds the strongest team out there. I could never repay Coach Stan for making me the player I am now in the amount of time I played for him. If you want to get better over the summer and be a part of a strong winning team then playing for Coach Stan is the best decision you could make”. Matt Arruda, Texas A&M International University Baseball Player


368. “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


369. “Baseball isn’t a business; it’s more like a disease.” – Walter F. O’Malley


370. A baseball coach is the most important person on your team. He or she has the ability to change your life by just showing up


371. “Four out of five doctors prescribe baseball for whatever ails you. The fifth guy is a quack.”


372. “I believe in the Church of Baseball. I’ve tried all the major religions and most of the minor ones. I’ve worshipped Buddha, Allah, Brahma, Vishnu, Siva, trees, mushrooms, and Isadora Duncan. I know things. For instance, there are 108 beads in a Catholic rosary and there are 108 stitches in a baseball. When I learned that, I gave Jesus a chance.” – Ron Shelton


373. “Fenway is the essence of baseball.” – Tom Seaver


374. “If my uniform doesn’t get dirty, I haven’t done anything in the baseball game.” – Rickey Henderson


375. A baseball coach is someone who’s been there. He knows what it’s like to swing for the fences, and he can make a difference in the lives of the players he coaches


376. “I floated away into that omnipresent timelessness of baseball, where boys with a dream and long-expired Major Leaguers orbit forever on equal planes.”


377. A baseball coach is someone who gives their energy to their players, and they get better because of it


378. A great baseball coach is someone who understands their player’s strengths and weaknesses, and helps them excel at the things they do best


379. Coaching a baseball team is not just about winning and losing. It’s also about enjoying the process of competing and growing as a person


380. “Progress always involves risk. You can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first.” – Frederick B. Wilcox


381. “I’m convinced that every boy, in his heart, would rather steal second base than an automobile.” – Tom Clark


382. Every player is a baseball coach, but some are just lucky enough to have a great one. And a baseball is coach can help develop both skills and character that will serve you well in life


383. “What are we at the park for except to win? I’d trip my mother. I’d help her up, brusher her off, tell her I’m sorry. But mother don’t make it to third.” – Leo Durocher


384. The best coaches are the ones who listen and help their players grow


385. “Think! How the hell are you gonna think and hit at the same time?”


386. “Building a baseball team is like building a house. You look for the best architects, the best builders – and then you let them do their jobs.” – Pat Gillick


387. A baseball coach is like a mother hen. He’s always there to protect you and make sure you’re comfortable


388. “Sometimes, in a tight game with runners on, digging in at short, ready to break with the ball, a peace I’d never felt before would paralyze the diamond. For a moment of eternal stillness, I felt as if I were cocked at the very heart of the Midwest.” – Stuart Dybek


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


390. “Wives of ballplayers, when they teach their children their prayers, should instruct them how to say: ‘God bless Mommy, God bless Daddy, God bless Babe Ruth. Babe Ruth has upped Daddy’s paycheck by fifteen to forty percent..’” – Waite Hoyt


391. He looks like a greyhound, but he runs like a bus. — George Brett on teammate Jamie Quirk


392. “There is no doubt at all in my mind that the old-time ballplayer was smarter than the modern ballplayer. Now the game is all power, lively balls, and shorter fences.”


393. “Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of ten and be considered a good performer.”


394. “You’re the best thing to happen to baseball since Cracker Jack!” – Rookie of the Year


395. “It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.” – John Wooden


396. “Baseball isn’t just a game. It’s life being played out on a field – a field of dreams – on diamonds of green, where players pursuing their dreams try to be the best they can be on the grandest stage of all – where men become boys and boys become men, all speaking one universal language without uttering a single word.” – Tom Tatum


397. “Believe in your baseball dreams, and you’re halfway to reaching your baseball goals.” – Felicity Luckey


398. “In baseball, democracy shines its clearest. The only race that matters is the race to the bag. The creed is the rule book. And color, merely something to distinguish one team’s uniform from another’s.” – Ernie Harwell


399. “Baseball ain’t like football. You can’t make up no trick plays.”


400. Being a baseball coach is not an easy job. It takes a lot of preparation, patience, and passion to do what I do. And the reward is worth the effort: the sound of a student who’s mastered a new skill


401. “If you don’t know where you are currently standing, you’re dead.” – Samuel Beckett


402. “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


403. The best coaches know how to simplify the complicated and take you to the next level


404. “When I was coming up, I just wanted to play baseball, and I’m doing what I love to do most. How can I feel pressure doing what I love to do?” – Miguel Cabrera


405. “You realize that the sleeping stadium is more beautiful at night, with the unshakable quietus rooting it to the earth. It rests like a graveyard--empty but throbbing all at once. With the pollution of light extinguished, maybe you even see the Dog Star blinking back at you.”


406. “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 damn plate and give the other man his chance. That’s why baseball is the greatest game of them all.” – Earl Weaver


407. “Some of ours is so crooked they can't lay in a birth only when the trains making a curve.”


408. A baseball coach is someone who makes sure their players have a chance to shine. They set up practices, teach the fundamentals, and offer suggestions on how to improve


409. “Baseball is the only place in life where a sacrifice is appreciated.”


410. “I won’t be active in the day-to-day operations of the club at all.” – George Steinbrenner, upon buying the Yankees in 1973


411. A true coach can persevere through failure, discouragement and criticisms—even if he’s not feeling like himself. It takes a special kind of person to be a great coach


412. “Sandy’s fastball was so fast; some batters would start to swing as he was on his way to the mound.” – Jim Murray


413. The best baseball coaches are the ones who never give up on a team. They set high standards, but they always have room for growth. Their players know that they can be better players by working harder and learning from their mistakes


414. “Baseball is like driving; it’s the one who gets home safely that counts.” – Tommy Lasorda


415. “Ninety percent of this game is half mental.”


416. As a nation we are dedicated to keeping physically fit — and parking as close to the stadium as possible. — Bill Vaughan


417. “It’s a funny kind of month, October. For the really keen cricket fan, it’s when you discover that your wife left you in May.” – Denis Norden


418. “Baseball is a game where a curve is an optical illusion, a screwball can be a pitch or a person, stealing is legal, and you can spit anywhere you like except in the umpire’s eye or on the ball.” – Jim Murray


419. “There’s no crying in baseball!” –A League of Their Own


420. “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, the survival of the fittest.” – Ty Cobb


421. “All I know is when we win a game, it’s a team win. When we lose a game, it’s a team loss.” –The Bad News Bears


422. “If a woman has to choose between catching a fly ball and saving an infant’s life, she will choose to save the infant’s life without even considering if there are men on base.” – Dave Barry


423. A great baseball coach is both a teacher and a policeman. He can teach you how to hit, but he’s still the one who’s going to throw you out if you’re lollygagging


424. “I was born to play baseball.” – Roberto Clemente


425. “Remember these two things: Play hard and have fun.” – Tony Gwynn


426. Baseball coaches are inspirational leaders that train player. They lead by example and push the right buttons to ensure a winning outcome


427. “Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good, too.” – Yogi Berra


428. “You just got lesson number one: don’t think; it can only hurt the ball club.” – Bull Durham


429. “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


430. A baseball coach is more than just a coach, he’s more than just a do-it-all. He’s an inspiration, a motivator, and someone who believes in you when you don’t believe in yourself


431. “I grew up in a day and age where hitting .250 in any given season made you a god. It was a smaller game back then. You had to hit smart and run well. There was mind to it. Then they put in a jackrabbit ball and it became a thing of brawn. You had to pitch the seams off the goddam thing or knock it into the stands every game if you wanted to be anyone. The people want that action and maybe you can give it to them for a time. But your fame will not last. It's how you play the game day in and day out, through cold streaks and shit-hole road trips. You better enjoy every goddam bus and rain delay and asswipe motel and old loud-mouthed manager and drop to the minors. Because that's what this is. It ain't glory. It's a long, ugly haul. And at the end of the day you may be a hero or you may be a washed up never been. That's all.”


432. “Baseball is the only game left for people. To play basketball, you have to be 7 feet 6 inches. To play football, you have to be the same width.” – Bill Veeck


433. “Baseball is almost the only neat thing in a very unorderly world. If you get three strikes, even the best lawyer in the world can’t get you off.” – Bill Veeck


434. Alan Sutton Sothoron pitched his initials off today. — Anonymous, St. Louis newspaper


435. “They give you a round bat and they throw you a round ball and they tell you to hit it square.” – Willie Stargell


436. “Somebody once asked me if I ever went up to the plate, trying to hit a home run. I said, ‘Sure, every time.’” – Mickey Mantle


437. “If you have a bad day in baseball, and start thinking about it, you will have ten more.” – Sammy Sosa


438. “The summer of 2010 was a summer that would prove to be one that would change my life forever. Coach Switala asked me to join Top Speed Baseball 15 games into their season, saying yes and playing that summer was the best decision I could have ever made. Coach Stan opened more doors in a few months that would change my entire life. I had no idea where I was going to go to college after playing baseball at the local JC. Thanks to him I now have an Athletic Scholarship to William Penn University to play baseball. Coach Stan has done so much for me and my family. He is a great coach and great mentor. Thank You Coach Stan and Thank You “Top Speed Baseball” for changing my life forever.” Michael Crandell, William Penn University Baseball Player


439. “The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital.” – Joe Paterno


440. The way to make coaches think you're in shape in the spring is to get a tan. — Whitey Ford


441. “Analyzing baseball yields many numbers of interest and value. Yet far and away- far, far and away- the most critical number in all of baseball is 3: the three outs that define an inning. Until the third out, anything is possible; after it, nothing is. [Eric Walker]”


442. “A coach is someone who can give correction without causing resentment.” – John Wooden


443. “The key to winning baseball games is pitching, fundamentals, and three-run homers.” – Earl Weaver


444. “The greatest feeling in the world is to win a major league game. The second greatest feeling is to lose a major league game.” – Chuck Tanner


445. “That’s the true harbinger of spring, not crocuses or swallows returning to Capistrano, but the sound of a bat on a ball.” – Bill Veeck


446. “You don't ask the sun why you orbit, you just orbit. You let the gravitational waves of the baseball season pull you in and you surrender yourself, happily.”


447. “Baseball is 90% mental, and the other half is physical.” – Yogi Berra


448. “Being with a woman all night never hurt any professional baseball player. It’s staying up all night looking for a woman that does him in.” – Casey Stengel


449. “Baseball changes over the years. It gets milder.” – Babe Ruth


450. We know we're better than this, but we can't prove it. — Tony Gwynn


451. “Close don’t count in baseball. Close only counts in horseshoes and grenades.” – Frank Robinson


452. A baseball coach is a great motivator. They know how to keep you on your toes and push you to reach higher, whether that means outplaying the other team or in the gym


453. “I think about baseball when I wake up in the morning. I think about it all day, and I dream about it at night. The only time I don’t think about it is when I’m playing it.” – Carl Yastrzemski


454. “It ain’t nothin’ till I call it.” – MLB Umpire, William ‘Bill’ Klem


455. “The only change is that baseball has turned Paige from a second class citizen to a second class immortal.”


456. Ninety percent of this game is half mental. — Yogi Berra


457. “You have to have a lot of little boy in you to play baseball for a living.” – Roy Campanella


458. “We’re not athletes, we’re baseball players!” – Mr. Baseball


459. Slump? I ain't in no slump. I just ain't hitting. — Yogi Berra


460. “The game had done much for me, and I had done much for it.” – Jackie Robinson.


461. “Stan Switala has a great passion for the game. He is a fierce competitor with great skills… a winning combination anywhere. I had the fortune of having Stan play for me during the 1997 season at Farmingdale Junior College. He led the team, with a MVP performance, to a regional playoff berth. Stan was also selected as the top pitcher in the Northeast in 1997 as well as finishing second in the Nation in Strikeouts. Years later, I was lucky enough to have him as my assistant coach. I had enough confidence in his teaching skills, that I gave him the sole responsibility of working with the pitchers on improving their mechanics and with the entire team as their batting instructor. So why not let him teach your son?” Ken Rocco, Farmingdale JC Hall of Fame Head Baseball Coach (35 years as Head Coach).


462. A baseball coach is someone who challenges you to be better than you thought you could be. Someone who believes in you when no one else does. And someone who will ask more from you than he’ll ever ask from himself


463. A good baseball coach does more than just call the pitches. They get inside their players’ heads and change their mindsets


464. No one does it better than a baseball coach. A great baseball coach motivates, teaches, and cares. He’s also a friend to his players


465. “Anybody who uses computers doesn’t know a damn thing about this game.” – Trouble with the Curve


466. “Baseball is a game dominated by vital ghosts; it’s a fraternity, like no other we have of the active and the no longer so, the living and the dead.” – Richard Gilman


467. “Baseball is dull only to dull minds.” – Sportscaster, Red Barber


468. “Man this is baseball. You gotta stop thinking, just have fun.” – The Sandlot


469. A good coach can give a kid the confidence to believe he can play, but the best baseball coaches are those who build the most encouraging and supportive team


470. “We’re both going to have to pray much harder!” – Long Gone


471. “You get out there, and the stands are full and everybody’s cheerin’. It’s like everybody in the world come to see you. And inside of that there’s the players, they’re yakkin’ it up. The pitcher throws and you look for that pill… suddenly there’s nothing else in the ballpark but you and it. Sometimes, when you feel right, there’s a groove there, and the bat just eases into it and meets that ball. When the bat meets that ball and you feel that ball just give, you know it’s going to go a long way. Damn, if you don’t feel like you’re going to live forever.” – Eight Men Out


472. “Pro-rated at 500 at-bats a year that means that for two years out of the fourteen I played, I never even touched the ball.” – Norm Cash


473. A baseball coach must also lead his team and help every player improve their skills. He has to say just the right things to motivate them without overdoing it


474. When you know how to play soccer, you can teach others too. Don’t be afraid to share your gifts. And a good coach knows how to motivate his players, but he also knows how to keep it fun


475. The essence of coaching is inspiring others to achieve greatness. A baseball coach doesn’t just tell their players what to do. They develop them and help them unlock the potential within them


476. “The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.” – Vince Lombardi


477. A good coach should be a player’s best friend and more than just a friend. And the secret to a long and prosperous career is to give 100 per cent effort every day


478. “Defense, to me, is the key to playing baseball.” – Willie Mays


479. “Hello again, everybody. It’s a bee-yoo-tiful day for baseball.” – Sportscaster, Harry Caray


480. “It’s pitching, hitting, and a defense that wins. Any two can win. All three make you unbeatable.” – Joe Garagiola


481. “A man has to have goals – for a day, for a lifetime – and that was mine: to have people say, ‘There goes Ted Williams, the greatest hitter who ever lived.’” – Ted Williams


482. “I posted some story about the Arizona State baseball coach getting into a fight with an autograph hound, and it was a disastrous thing. The guy rescinded his story. It proved to me that I’m not cut out to be a proper journalist. I’m much better sitting around and making fun of journalists and telling them what terrible journalists they are than being an actual journalist.” – Drew Magary


483. “Your job as a baseball player is to come to the park ready to play every day, and the manager, it’s his job to make those decisions about who plays.” – Cal Ripken, Jr.


484. I didn't mean to hit the umpire with the dirt, but I did mean to hit that bastard in the stands. — Babe Ruth


485. “A knuckleball is a curveball that doesn’t give a damn.” – Jimmy Cannon


486. “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


487. Professional baseball coaches get inside their players’ heads and change their mindsets. And it takes a lot of hard work, dedication and sacrifice to be a coach


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


489. “They were both Mets fans, and the hopelessness of that passion had created a bond between them.” – Paul Auster


490. “From the first moment I started to uncover the infinite mysteries of baseball--like why players chose to wear certain numbers, what the brown stuff in players' mouths was, and just what the hell a balk entailed--I was hooked.”


491. “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


492. The best baseball coaches aren’t the ones that just teach their players the rules or strategies of the game. They’re the ones who can connect with their players and make them feel like they belong in their team


493. “If there are any curses left in baseball, they are all on the north side of Chicago.” – Tucker Elliot


494. All I remember about my wedding day in 1967 is that the Cubs lost a doubleheader. — George F. Will


495. “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


496. A baseball coach is someone who knows all the players and can see the potential in each one


497. “The road to Easy Street goes through the sewer.” – John Madden


498. “Juuuust a bit outside.” – Major League


499. “Oh, to be a center fielder, a center fielder – and nothing more.” – Philip Roth


500. “No baseball pitcher would be worth a darn without a catcher who could handle the hot fastball.” – Casey Stengel


501. “In baseball, you don’t know anything.” – Yogi Berra


502. “Baseball is a universe as large as life itself, and therefore all things in life, whether good or bad, whether tragic or comic, fall within its domain.” – Paul Auster


503. As a baseball coach, it’s your job to ensure you’re motivated and pushing yourself to succeed. A good coach knows when to work hard and when to have fun


504. “It ain’t over ’til it’s over.” – Yogi Berra


505. “How can you not get romantic about baseball?” – Moneyball


506. Coaching is about finding the right people who want to work hard and have fun doing it. A great baseball coach doesn’t just know the game. He knows how to teach it


507. A good baseball coach is like a photographer. He sees his players’ potential and helps them see it too


508. “I see great things in baseball.” – Walt Whitman


509. “Some people are born on third base and go through life thinking they hit a triple.” – Barry Switzer


510. The other teams could make trouble for us if they win. — Yogi Berra


511. “I don’t love baseball. I don’t love most of today’s players. I don’t love the owners. I do love, however, the baseball that is in the heads of baseball fans. I love the dreams of glory of 10-year-olds, the reminiscences of 70-year-olds. The greatest baseball arena is in our heads, what we bring to the games, to the telecasts, to reading newspaper reports.” – Stan Isaacs


512. “A hot dog at the game beats roast beef at the Ritz.” – American Actor, Humphrey Bogart


513. “I love to play baseball. I’m a baseball player. I’ve always been a baseball player. I’m still a baseball player. That’s who I am.” – Ryne Sandberg


514. “It’s hard to get lost if you don’t know where you’re going.” – Jim Jarmusch


515. “It gets late early out there.” – Yogi Berra


516. “There are only five things you can do in baseball – run, throw, catch, hit, and hit with power.” – Leo Durocher


517. “All the arguing in the world can’t change the decision of the umpire.” – The Pride of the Yankees


518. “It was all I lived for, to play baseball.” – Mickey Mantle


519. “When I first joined Top Speed I did not know what I was getting into. I soon learned that Coach Switala and his team was the best thing I have done in my baseball career! He coaches with great knowledge and respect for the game. He will improve your game physically and mentally. I would not have the success I have today with out him. He has the tools and connections to get you to the next level if your willing to put in the time and work. Im living proof; he helped me with my swing and got me a baseball scholarship in a matter of days to William Penn University. If you are looking to better yourself and take your game to the next level Coach Switala and his team is the best thing for you!” Randall Packard, William Penn University Baseball Player


520. “There’s no crying in baseball!” – A League of Their Own


521. “It could be, it might be…It is, a home run!” – Sportscaster, Harry Caray


522. “It is the life-affirming genius of baseball that the short can pummel the tall, the rotund can make fools of the sleek, and no matter how far down you find yourself in the bottom of the ninth you can always pull out a miracle.” – Bill Vaughn


523. “Like those special afternoons in summer when you go to Yankee Stadium at two o’clock in the afternoon for an eight o’clock game. It’s so big, so empty and so silent that you can almost hear the sounds that aren’t there.” – Ray Miller


524. “What does a mama bear on the pill have in common with the World Series? No cubs.” – Harry Caray


525. “Baseball taught me how to love.


526. “There ought to be some other means of reckoning quality in this the best and loveliest of games; the scoreboard is an ass.” – Neville Cardus


527. A baseball coach is a mentor and guide – a sounding board for strategy, a mentor for life. He helps kids learn to play the game with confidence and enthusiasm


528. “Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.” – The Pride of the Yankees


529. “To me, baseball has always been a reflection of life. Like life, it adjusts. It survives everything.” – Willie Stargell


530. “I like to see the difference between good and evil as a kind of like the foul line at a baseball game. It’s very thin, it’s made of something very flimsy like lime, and if you cross it, it really starts to blur where fair becomes foul and foul becomes fair.” – Harlan Coben


531. “Never allow the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.” – Babe Ruth


532. I watch a lot of baseball on radio. — Gerald Ford


533. “Really, it’s not harder to train for them because once baseball starts, you play every day almost.” – Bo Jackson


534. “You never know what’s going to happen… And that’s the fun of it!! That’s what baseball’s all about!.” – Keiichi Arawi


535. Coach is a role that can make you or break you, but if you give it everything and believe in yourself, it will push you to do things you never thought possible


536. “I’ve tried ’em all, I really have, and the only church that truly feeds the soul, day in, day out, is the Church of Baseball.” – Bull Durham


537. “Baseball, it is said, is only a game. True. And the Grand Canyon is only a hole in Arizona.” – Journalist & Author, George Will


538. “Every player should be accorded the privilege of at least one season with the Chicago Cubs. That’s baseball as it should be played – in God’s own sunshine. And that’s really living.” – Alvin Dark


539. “Normal people have an incredible lack of empathy. They have good emotional empathy, but they don’t have much empathy for the autistic kid who is screaming at the baseball game because he can’t stand the sensory overload. Or the autistic kid having a meltdown in the school cafeteria because there’s too much stimulation.” – Temple Grandin


540. “It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.” – Babe Ruth


541. “More than any other American sport, baseball creates the magnetic, addictive illusion that it can almost be understood.” – Thomas Boswell


542. MLB debut 8/22/2004 with the Colorado Rockies. Retired from professional coaching on 10/31/14 to focus on family and developing youth baseball players full time


543. “Baseball has long been a national pastime that many Americans have cherished.” – American Politician, Jim Sensenbrenner.


544. “Show me a guy who’s afraid to look bad, and I’ll show you a guy you can beat every time.” – Lou Brock


545. “When Steve and I die, we are going to be buried in the same cemetery, 60-feet 6-inches apart.” – Tim McCarver


546. “Baseball statistics are like a girl in a bikini. They show a lot, but not everything.” – Toby Harrah


547. “A no-hitter secures a pitcher’s spot on an elite yet diverse list that embraces Hall of Famers, struggling journeymen, and wide-eyed rookies.”


548. “They say some of my stars drink whiskey. But I have found that the ones who drink milkshakes don’t win many ball games.” – Fred McMane


549. A great baseball coach knows that when a player is hitting. 143, it’s not because they’re swinging at bad pitches. It’s because they’re too intimidated to hit anything


550. “Poets are like baseball pitchers. Both have their moments. The intervals are the tough things.” – American Poet, Robert Lee Frost


551. “A critic once characterized baseball as six minutes of action crammed into two-and-one-half hours.” – Ray Fitzgerald


552. The best baseball coach cares more about his players than the outcome


553. Running a ball club is like raising kids who fall out of trees. — Tom Trebelhorn


554. Sure I played, did you think I was born age 70 sitting in a dugout trying to manage guys like you? — Casey Stengel, to Mickey Mantle


555. “That moment, when you first lay eyes on that field — The Monster, the triangle, the scoreboard, the light tower Big Mac bashed, the left-field grass where Ted (Williams) once roamed — it all defines to me why baseball is such a magical gam.” – Jayson Stark

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