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They said it: Quotes from around baseball

General managers and managers weigh in this week.

May 18, 2013
  • Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) walks off the field after running into the wall in the fifth inning.
Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) walks off the field… (Stephen Dunn / Getty Images )

"I want him to play 100 miles an hour with his hair on fire."

— Washington Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo, to the Washington Post, rejecting suggestions that Bryce Harper should play cautiously in the outfield after injuring himself crashing into the wall at Dodger Stadium.

"I don't answer to fans. They don't play this game. … They have absolutely no idea what it means to be a professional teammate at this level."

— New York Mets Manager and former Angels manager Terry Collins, on criticism for using Jordany Valdespin to pinch-hit one day after Valdespin angered the Pittsburgh Pirates with a bat flip and slow trot after homering in a 7-1 loss. The Pirates hit Valdespin with a pitch.

"We're buying, baby."

— Philadelphia Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro, to CSN Philadelphia, on the chances of his under-.500 team selling off pieces of an accomplished veteran core, including second baseman Chase Utley, catcher Carlos Ruiz and pitcher Cliff Lee.

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