Hitting is timing. Pitching is upsetting timing.
The difference between winning nineteen games and winning twenty for a pitcher is bigger than anyone out of baseball realizes. It's the same for hitters - someone who hits .300 looks back on the guy who batted .295 and says 'tough luck buddy.
What is life, after all, but a challenge? And what better challenge can there be than the one between the pitcher and the hitter.
A pitcher needs two pitches, one they're looking for and one to cross them up.
I'm probably the only guy who worked for Stengel before and after he was a genius.
Twenty games is the magic figure for pitchers - .300 is the magic figures for batters. It pays off in salary and reputation. And those are the two things that keep a ballplayer in business.
A sore arm is like a headache or a toothache. It can make you feel bad, but if you just forget about it and do what you have to do, it will go away. If you really like to pitch and you want to pitch, that's what you'll do.
Once Musial timed your fastball, your infielders were in jeopardy.
When I throw a ground ball, I expect it to be an out, maybe two.
You don't just throw the ball - you propel it.