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Best Baseball Quotes From Players, Movies, & More

Posted by JustBats.com on May 31, 2017 4:54:52 PM

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In baseball, there's nothing like a good motivational quote to get you going. If you're in need of some inspiration or would like to take a stroll down memory lane, this list of baseball quotes is just what you need. The team at JustBats.com has searched far and wide on the internet, read a handful of relevant books, and watched our fair share of baseball movies. In doing so, we've been able to compile our favorite quotes that pertain to America's pastime. 

 Since there is such an abundance of baseball quotes, we divided them up into categories. Player's quotes, coaches and manager's quotes, movie quotes, book quotes, and then at the bottom you'll find some bonus quotes to top it off. Keep an eye out to see if your favorite baseball quote made the list. Let's get started:

Player's Quotes

No player in the history of baseball had better quotes and one-liners than Lawrence "Yogi" Berra of the New York Yankees. He was known for his wit, sarcasm, and memorable words that will forever be enshrined into the minds of baseball lovers everywhere. But, there have been many famous quotes spoken by former and current MLB players. Here are our favorites:

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  • "Baseball is ninety percent mental. The other half is physical." - Yogi Berra
  • "Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good, too."  - Yogi Berra 
  • "Little League baseball is a very good thing because it keeps the parents off the streets." - Yogi Berra
  • "It's fun; baseball is fun." - Yogi Berra
  • "The game of baseball isn't over until it's over." - Yogi Berra
  • "This is like Deja vu all over again." - Yogi Berra
  • "Slump? I'm not in a slump. I'm just not hitting." - Yogi Berra
  • "If the people don't wanna come out to the ballpark, nobody's gonna stop 'em." - Yogi Berra
  • "Baseball ain't like football. You can't make up no trick plays." - Yogi Berra
  • "I'm ugly. So what? I've never seen anyone hit with his face." - Yogi Berra
  • "Think?! How are you supposed to think and hit at the same time?" - Yogi Berra
  • "I never blame myself when I'm not hitting. I just blame the bat, and if it keeps up, I change bats." - Yogi Berra
  • "Baseball was, is, and always will be the best game in the world to me." - Babe Ruth
  • "Every strike brings me closer to the next home run." - Babe Ruth
  • "Never allow the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game." - Babe Ruth
  • "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
  • "If my uniform doesn't get dirty, I haven't done anything in the baseball game." - Rickey Henderson
  • "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
  • "Playing baseball for a living is like having a license to steal." - Pete Rose
  • "I'd be willing to bet you, if I was a betting man, that I have never bet on baseball." - Pete Rose
  • "Fans don't boo nobodies." - Mr. October, Reggie Jackson
  • "One of the beautiful things about baseball is the history." - James Anthony Abbott
  • "For all its gentility, its almost leisurely pace, baseball is violence under wraps." - Willie Mays
  • "It's unbelievable how much you don't know about the game you've been playing your whole life." - Mickey Mantle
  • "I could have played baseball another year, but I would have been playing for the money, and baseball deserves better than that." - George Brett
  • "They give you a round bat, and they throw you a round ball, and then they tell you to hit it square." - Willie Stargell
  • "When you start the game, they don't say 'Work Ball!' They say, 'Play ball!" - Willie Stargell
  • "I never smile when I have a bat in my hands. That's when you've got to be serious." - Hank Aaron
  • "Nothing's ever been as fun as baseball." - Mickey Mantle
  • "The way to make coaches think you're in shape in the spring is to get a tan." - Whitey Ford
  • "A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives." - Jackie Robinson
  • "I never had a job. I just always played baseball." - Satchel Paige
  • "I'm a guy who just wanted to see his name in the lineup everyday. To me, baseball was a passion to the point of obsession." - Brooks Robinson
  • "A baseball game is simply a nervous breakdown divided into nine innings." - Robert Earl Wilson
  • "Remember these two things: play hard and have fun." - Tony Gwynn
  • "Baseball was 100% of my life." - Ty Cobb
  • "I am convinced that God wanted me to be a baseball player." - Roberto Clemente
  • "When I was up there at the plate, my purpose was to get on base any way I could, whether by hitting or getting hit." - Shoeless Joe Jackson
  • "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
  • "There is no room in baseball for discrimination. It is our national pastime and a game for all." - Lou Gehrig
  • "If you have a bad day in baseball and start thinking about it, you will have 10 more." - Sammy Sosa
  • "You could be a kid for as long as you want when you play baseball." - Cal Ripken, Jr.
  • "Early in my career, I decided I never wanted to get out of shape." - Cal Ripken, Jr.
  • "If you're going to play at all, you're out to win. Baseball, board games, Jeopardy, I hate to lose." - Derek Jeter
  • "I'd walk through hell in a gasoline suit to play baseball." - Pete Rose
  • "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
  • "Catching a fly ball is a pleasure, but knowing what to do with it after you catch it is a business." - Tommy Henrich
  • "I think I was the best baseball player I ever saw." - Willie Mays

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Coaches & Manager's Quotes

As a coach or a manager, it is your job to deliver pre-game speeches to motivate your team. In the big leagues, it is also your duty to face the media after every game and answer any question that may come your way. Because of this, you will have plenty of opportunities to deliver epic baseball quotes, whether it be to your team in the club house or to the media for the whole nation to hear. These are the best baseball quotes from managers and coaches that we were able to find:

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  • "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
  • "Baseball is like driving, it's the one who gets home safely that counts." - Tommy Lasorda
  • "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
  • "Baseball is like church. Many attend, but few understand." - Leo Ernest Durocher
  • "A baseball manager is a necessary evil." - George 'Sparky' Anderson
  • "I really love the togetherness in baseball. That's real true love." - Billy Martin
  • "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
  • "Close doesn't count in baseball. Close only counts in horseshoes and grenades." - Frank Robinson
  • "Never save a pitcher for tomorrow. Tomorrow it may rain." - Leo Durocher
  • "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
  • "I've come to the conclusion that the two most important things in life are good friends and a good bullpen." - Bob Lemon
  • "Baseball is a man maker." - Al Spalding
  • "Baseball gives a growing boy self-pose and self-reliance." - Al Spalding

 

Movie Quotes

While some baseball movies seem to strike out in the theaters, there have been some serious grand slams. After soliciting from our fans their favorite baseball movies and conducting unofficial polls, the JustBats.com team came up with a list of the 10 best baseball movies of all-time. In those movies are iconic quotes that every baseball fan should know. Here are a few:

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  •  "How can you not be romantic about baseball?" - Moneyball
  • "Man, this is baseball. You gotta stop thinking, just have fun." - The Sandlot
  • "There's no crying in baseball!" - A League of Their Own
  • "You wanna have a catch?" - Field of Dreams
  • "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
  • "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

 

Book Quotes

As we said, the team at JustBats.com has read a handful of baseball books. In doing so, we've run across a large amount of some of the best baseball book quotes of all-time. Here are our favorites:

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  •  "The first books I was interested in were all about baseball." - American Journalist, Charles Kuralt.
  • "Baseball is not a conventional industry. It belongs neither to the players nor management, but to all of us. It is our national pastime, our national symbol, and our national treasure." John Thorn in Baseball: Our Game
  • "Baseball is a universal language. Catch the ball, throw the ball, hit the ball." - Pete Rose in My Prison Without Bars
  • "Baseball is a drama with an endless run and an ever-changing cast." - Joe Garagiola in Baseball Is A Funny Game
  • "Baseball is an American icon. It is the Statue of Liberty, the bald eagle, 'In God We Trust,' Mount Rushmore, ice cream, apple pie, hot dogs, and rally monkeys. Baseball is America." - Victor Baltov, Jr. in Baseball Is America

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Bonus Quotes

People from all walks of life enjoy baseball, and that's a fact. Everybody from musicians, to actors, and even politicians enjoy going to the ballpark and watching the wonder that is baseball. Some may not like America's pastime but you know what they say, there are those who love baseball and then there are those who are wrong. Here are some bonus baseball quotes that we wanted to share:

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  • "Baseball is dull only to dull minds." - Sportscaster, Red Barber
  • "It could be, it might be...It is, a home run!" - Sportscaster, Harry Caray
  • "Hello again, everybody. It's a bee-yoo-tiful day for baseball." - Sportscaster, Harry Caray
  • "The other sports are just sports. Baseball is a love." - Sportscaster, Bryant Gumbel
  • "Poets are like baseball pitchers. Both have their moments. The intervals are the tough things." - American Poet, Robert Lee Frost
  • "Baseball is more than a game to me, it's a religion." - MLB Umpire, William 'Bill' Klem
  • "It ain't nothin' till I call it." - MLB Umpire, William 'Bill' Klem
  • "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
  • "Baseball is more than a game. It's like life played out on a field." - Musician, Juliana Hatfield
  • "Progress always involves risk. You can't steal second base and keep your foot on first." - Frederick B. Wilcox
  • "A hot dog at the game beats roast beef at the Ritz." - American Actor, Humphrey Bogart
  • "Baseball is one of the most beautiful games. It is a very zen-like game." - American Film Director, Jim Jarmusch
  • "Baseball, it is said, is only a game. True. And the Grand Canyon is only a hole in Arizona." - Journalist & Autor, George Will
  • "There are only two seasons: winter and baseball." - Bill Veeck, Jr.
  • "Baseball has long been a national pastime that many Americans have cherished." - American Politician, Jim Sensenbrenner.
  • "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
  • "Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball." - French-American Historian, Jacques Barzun

At JustBats.com, we love baseball quotes so much that our parent company, Pro Athlete, Incorporated, uses 12 quotes to go inline with our companies core values. So, what do you think? Did your favorite baseball quote make this list? If not, please leave a comment below so that we can add to this comprehensive list of baseball quotes.

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