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They said it: Quotes from the world of baseball

Major League Baseball figures weigh in on various issues.

May 25, 2013
  • Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly pitches during batting practice before a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly pitches during batting practice before… (Mark J. Terrill / Associated…)

"I don't write speeches or have someone write them for me. I speak from the heart."

—Don Mattingly, on calling out his team publicly for the first time in three years as Dodgers manager.

"I think at times he tries too hard to justify his contract."

—Chicago Cubs Manager Dale Sveum on Edwin Jackson (1-7, 6.11 ERA), whose $52-million contract ranked third among free-agent pitchers, behind the Dodgers' Zack Greinke and the Tigers' Anibal Sanchez.

"A recording of a mall Santa swearing at kids under his breath."

—Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Brandon McCarthy, on a team questionnaire inviting players to suggest songs to play during batting practice.

—Bill Shaikin

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