Baseball and the players association have rules. If you stay within the rules - which say that you can play while you're appealing - I don't see what anyone would be in arms about.
They haven't given too many gamblers a second chances in the world of baseball.
There is no doubt that because I am a switch hitter I have one of the best offensive advantages that a hitter can have.
Sometimes, when you don't have spark, someone in the dugout has to create something.
Willie Mays could throw better, and Hank Aaron could hit more home runs. But I've got enthusiasm. I've got desire. I've got hustle. Those are God-given talents, too.
Back in 1960 at Christmas time, I did work loading and unloading boxcars for Railway Express. That was a kind of weight training that helped me. I weighed about 160 when I started. I began to gain weight and kept right on gaining until I reached 195 pounds.
No matter how many times you say you're sorry, somebody is not going to hear you.
A team will take on its manager's personality. If it's a laid back manager, you'll have a laid back personality. The players will see that if it's OK for the Manager to be laid back, then you'll have a laid back team.
Who cares if you bunt for a base hit?
I actually went to some Gamblers Anonymous classes, and I sat there for three or four of them, and I'm trying to figure out what I have in similarities with these other people, and I could never find anything. It just seems like it wasn't the right place for me.
Are you tall? Are you strong? How big are your hands? You must be honest with yourself or you will end up using the wrong bat.
I love the fans, I love the game of baseball, and I love Cincinnati baseball.
My body is my best asset.
I always liked the defensive part of baseball.
I don't think there's any honor bigger than going to your Hall of Fame for your sport.
I'm not going to go back to gambling; I mean, it's as simple as that.
Of course, I believe that Mike Piazza is probably the greatest offensive catcher in the history of baseball, only got over 50%. Johnny Bench is the best catcher in the history of baseball, but Piazza has all the record for catchers as far as offensively.
There's other ways to make your head and muscles bigger than just steroids.
We were so poor when I was a kid that I had a sister who was stamped, 'Made In Japan.'
I bet on baseball in 1987 and 1988.
Can you be a nicer gentleman, or a better man for your sport or your kids than Joe Paterno?
I like Barack Obama as a person. He's articulate, he knows sports, his brother-in-law's a coach. He always has the athletes to the White House. But I don't know about some of his policies and some of these people in Congress.
Obama's a great speaker. Because of his speaking ability and his appearance, a lot of guys got on board. Being the first African American, a lot guys got on board.
I had an addiction to play baseball.
Hillary Clinton wrote a book. She got paid. I don't understand why I can't.
Umpires got power, man. You ever notice if you go to a ballpark and there's a close play on first base, they will not run the replay at the ballpark? I've seen umpires go underneath and call up and say if you run one more of those replays, we're gonna forfeit the game. That's how strong their union is.
When people think of me, they think about me knocking catchers down and knocking second basemen down and yelling at pitchers. But when I took the spikes off after the game, I was a nice guy when I went home.
I get accused of talking about records. But it's the guys who interview me who ask about them.
I am grateful that I live in a nation where most believe that one's punishment should fit their wrongdoing and that ours is a nation that judges an individual by both what he has done and how he has changed.
When you ask people about guys they didn't like because they were aggressive, there's me, John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors; not too many names would come up.
When somebody wants to interview me, I've always got something to say.
I never picked up my phone and called a bookmaker and bet on a baseball game from the clubhouse. Never.
Sparky Anderson taught me this a long time ago: 'There's three ways you can treat a person. You can pat 'em on the butt, you can kick 'em in the butt, or you can leave 'em alone.'
When guys do books or stories, all I like to see is the truth.
I'm not sure Mark McGwire was a Hall of Famer to begin with.
Some of my biggest friends are big-time horse owners.
The game of baseball is better when the Dodgers are playing well, just like when the Yankees are playing well, or the Cubs, the Phillies, the big-name teams.
Your obligation as a base runner is to try and be safe within the rules. OK?
A lot of these catchers don't understand that they are blocking the plate and they don't have the ball. You're not allowed to block the plate without the ball.
Any time you've got big teams winning, you've got big stars.