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This week's standout baseball quotes

Seattle's Eric Wedge, Washington's Ian Desmond and Detroit's Jim Leyland chime in.

September 28, 2013
  • Manager Eric Wedge and the Mariners again finished fourth in the AL West this season.
Manager Eric Wedge and the Mariners again finished fourth in the AL West… (Ted S. Warren / Associated…)

"If they'd offered me a five-year contract, I wouldn't have come back here."

—Seattle Mariners Manager Eric Wedge, who rejected a one-year offer to return, citing differences with the ownership and management of a team that has not appeared in the playoffs since 2001.

"Two years ago, if you would've said 'Washington Nationals, postseason,' people would've laughed you out of town."

—Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond, after last week's elimination of a Nationals team popularly regarded as the class of the National League.

"This is the United States of America."

—Detroit Tigers Manager Jim Leyland, saying Jhonny Peralta had done his time — a 50-game drug suspension — and deserved to be activated with three games left in the regular season.

—Bill Shaikin

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