16 Total Quotes

Billy Beane Quotes

Who knows how the rest of baseball views you? ... I can go home and sleep and know that we used tremendous character to get through this season.
Billy Beane
#Baseball

We offered a three-year deal with a club option and they countered with a three-year deal without a club option. I don't think we were ever going to be able to bridge the gap. It was a significant gap.
Billy Beane
#Club

I don't think there's any question, ... that we need Jermaine to be his old self.
Billy Beane
#Self

There are no hard feelings whatsoever. This is part of the business.
Billy Beane
#Business

For us, it was an opportunity to add a player without subtracting a player. Our history here, usually we're trading a player to acquire a player.
Billy Beane
#History

We have four very good rookies, but at the risk of saying it before the season is over, it would be pretty tough to find an explanation for choosing somebody else.
Billy Beane
#Risk

Do I wish everybody in baseball had the same amount to spend? Absolutely. At some point, the disadvantage of being a small-market team is that the inefficiencies will be weeded out. Having less than your competitor is never an advantage.
Billy Beane
#Baseball

There was a real sense of determination in talking to him. You could get carried away with superlatives with Frank Thomas. Arguably, he is one of the greatest offensive players of his generation.
Billy Beane
#Determination

This guy's skill level and ability is undeniable. Frank Thomas is a presence.
Billy Beane
#Ability

You could get carried away with the superlatives. Not just his power, but his selectivity at the plate. That type of approach can carry over to the other guys in the lineup.
Billy Beane
#Power

This is a guy whose skill level and his presence in a lineup is undeniable. Even last year, if you look at the impact he had in the brief time he played, his skills are still there. Frank Thomas is a presence.
Billy Beane
#Skill

My guess is if you talk to Frank, he'll probably want to be playing in 'B' games the first week of March. But we want to get as much out of the him in the regular season as we can, so we are going to be conservative.
Billy Beane
#Games

It's something we didn't know about, but he came forward with the information, so I commend him for that.
Billy Beane
#Information

Frank believes he'll be ready in spring training. There was a real sense of determination in talking to him.
Billy Beane
#Determination

Lenny was so perfectly designed, emotionally, to play the game of baseball. He was able to instantly forget any failure and draw strength from every success. He had no concept of failure. And he had no idea of where he was.
Billy Beane
#Baseball

When it comes to working, Matt can be a little nutty. We wanted to make sure he realized work is secondary. Obviously, he's here because he's a very good employee, but our interest in him is as a person, first. There are far more important things in life than your job.
Billy Beane
#Work