37 Total Quotes

Brian Sabean Quotes

I think it's going to be similar to this year where the shortage of veteran pitchers — I don't know if it will approach the spending it did this year, but it seems to be that kind of trend. They're more valuable than ever, guys with experience.
Brian Sabean
#Pitchers

Him taking swings in a college batting cage is a long way from doing baseball work with us, ... It's just another step in his rehab. To what extent this is of any significance -- until I'm told otherwise -- it's just part of the exercise regimen he's going through. Once he's accelerated to the point where the doctors are ready to turn him over to us, then he can do more meaningful and substantial baseball activities. But for now, this is just another step.
Brian Sabean
#Baseball

I'm swallowing hard. I'm really trying to fathom how in this day in age it can even be said. This is not something we're going to take lightly. It's a very emotional subject. It's a blow below the belt. I know it deeply affected Felipe. I'm disappointed and disheartened we have to react to it. We stand by our manager and stand by his comments and feelings on the subject.
Brian Sabean
#Age And Aging

Spring training was a long time ago. He could be starting from ground zero as far as the baseball activities.
Brian Sabean
#Baseball

I'm not worried about pitchers, but I have some concerns about Mo. Guys will be running 90 feet, throwing long, going all out. Yes, you have some anxieties.
Brian Sabean
#Running

Todd brings a veteran presence to the team and he'll be one of the catchers in the competition for the backup spot behind Mike Matheny.
Brian Sabean
#Competition

I don't want to be too hard-line about it, but the more we see of the old Jason Schmidt, the more you want to sign him.
Brian Sabean
#Hard

He's had his challenges in spring training to get out of the gate. If ever there a year that he needed to be on time, it's this year. He's a free agent-to-be, and we certainly need him.
Brian Sabean
#Challenges

Steve is a player that can win games in many ways -- with his bat, his glove and his knowledge. He will give Felipe many options in the outfield as well as provide great veteran presence.
Brian Sabean
#Games

I'm not the manager, thank God. I just hope (Bonds) is in the lineup to bat somewhere. I think we all know what we're up against, and especially he knows what he's up against.
Brian Sabean
#God

The opportunity was great, the timing wonderful.
Brian Sabean
#Opportunity

His stuff has been electric. He's throwing strikes and the breaking ball is improved. I think his future, and the impact he could have on the major-league roster, it looks like he'll probably start the year in the bullpen.
Brian Sabean
#Future

By what I see, do I think he's capable of playing a lot? Yes. Only God and he knows how much he's going to play, and the manager.
Brian Sabean
#God

We're going into a pitchers' park whose team won the division last year. Then we're going home to our park, which is a pitchers' park, against two teams that can pitch. We saw what happened last year when teams came into our place, especially, and we didn't do the job to hold the opposition down and keep the opposition in check. So we're going to have to be ready to pitch, especially in those first three series.
Brian Sabean
#Home

As a GM, to get a switch-hitter who's a leadoff hitter with a lot of dimensions -- power, speed, the ability to play the outfield the way he does -- is a godsend to the organization. The opportunity was great, the timing was wonderful and he's very deserving.
Brian Sabean
#Power

To get a switch-hitter (who is) a leadoff hitter with a lot of dimensions -- power, speed -- the ability to play the outfield as he does is really a godsend to the organization.
Brian Sabean
#Ability

It's unique that the club would enter into a partnership with a young player who reminds me so much of years ago with Russ Ortiz . Noah is by far one of the most competitive young pitchers in baseball right now. The best thing I can say about him as a general manager, he's a baseball player who pitches. ... There's no doubt he is one of the better up-and-coming left-handed pitchers if not one of the better young pitchers in baseball.
Brian Sabean
#Partnership

Only God and he know how much he's going to play. And the manager.
Brian Sabean
#God

It's just one year. A lot of it has to do with the makeup of teams, how the pitching has been, how fair the ballparks play. That changes from year to year.
Brian Sabean
#Makeup

There are a lot of brilliant people in all walks of life. That doesn't make you a manager of people. Our jobs are about managing people, crisis management on a daily basis. If you don't have people skills or the experience, things can snowball.
Brian Sabean
#Life

He has had some quality at-bats, and pitchers have pitched him really tough.
Brian Sabean
#Quality

You're not going to do it impulsively. It's only April, but we all know the importance of winning games we should win, and you weigh that against performance. If the performance is lacking sometimes, you are willing to make adjustments. You need to be willing to shuffle the deck.
Brian Sabean
#Games

I think his development has been lightning quick because of his God-given talent. He has great aptitude and he's been able to develop very fast in front of our eyes at every level.
Brian Sabean
#God

It's reasonable to think he can play 120 games. Now, will we be in a position to have to rest him and be conscious that he's going to come in some days cranky and not be able to go? The next step is to get him in spring training and get him in a position to be able to do that. I think he wants that.
Brian Sabean
#Games

If these two past trade deadlines have been indicative of the lack of willingness for people wanting to trade, it's going to be tough to retool your team to a significant extent.
Brian Sabean
#Past

[General manager Brian Sabean revealed Barry Bonds has taken light batting practice for the last couple of days in Los Angeles, the first time he officially has hit off a pitcher since spring training.] It's definitely a day-to-day situation, but the good thing is (Bonds) is building on what they're asking him to do, ... He's not standing still and he's not taking steps back. He's going forward.
Brian Sabean
#Practice

I'm not going to comment on what goes on in the clubhouse, ... Old news, too. It was three months ago.
Brian Sabean
#News

He's 32-years old and has learned a lot from his experience,
Brian Sabean
#Experience

I do know he has interest. We've pursued him as much as any player we possibly could, of recent note. We hope it comes to a head in the next day or so.
Brian Sabean
#Interest

should have been in this position long before this. In the end, good things happen to good people.
Brian Sabean
#People