Oakland Athletics shortstop Jed Lowrie slides into second base after doubling against the Cleveland Indians.
(Thearon W. Henderson / Getty Images / April 2, 2014)
"Why is it OK for you to shift down seven but it's not OK for me to bunt?"
— Oakland shortstop Jed Lowrie after Houston Manager Bo Porter yelled at him for bunting with a seven-run lead — but with the Astros in a defensive shift that all but invited a bunt.
"What am I supposed to do, get out of the way, catch the ball down here and let him slide into the glove? I'm going to break a wrist doing that? I'd rather put my body on the line and see what happens."
— Pirates catcher Tony Sanchez, to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, on the new rule that forbids catchers from blocking home plate until they have the ball, in an attempt to reduce collisions and injuries.
"All I know I've got to do is give up less runs than we score. I don't care about anything else. Not the numbers. Not the ISPFMLBLSSRs and whatever else [MLB Network host] Brian Kenny has come up with to define what makes a good player or not."
— Chicago White Sox pitcher Chris Sale, to Yahoo Sports, on how his success confounds sabermetric analysts.
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