29 Total Quotes

Ned Colletti Quotes

In 2002 when he came to the Giants, his impact on the club was immeasurable. Without Kenny Lofton, the Giants wouldn't have wound up in the post-season and the World Series.
Ned Colletti
#Club

Every successful team has true baseball players with the makeup, drive and desire of Bill Mueller. His ability to hit from both sides of the plate will give (manager Grady Little) additional maneuverability.
Ned Colletti
#Ability

There was nobody in the [meeting] room who doesn't believe [Jackson and Tiffany] can't be very good big-league pitchers, but we had certain needs. This is something we felt was the right thing to do.
Ned Colletti
#Believe

For me, that's one of the most important decisions we're going to make in the next few months -- as to who to get involved with via trade or free agency and their shelf life to be productive versus the up-and-coming kid and knowing when they're ready to step in and be a big-time player at Dodger Stadium.
Ned Colletti
#Decisions

In 2002 when he came to the Giants, his impact on the club was immeasurable. Without Kenny Lofton, the Giants wouldn't have wound up in the postseason and the World Series.
Ned Colletti
#Club

I saw a franchise that needed its confidence restored. It had a decent nucleus of veteran players that needed some support.
Ned Colletti
#Confidence

Opportunity knocks and he's at the door.
Ned Colletti
#Opportunity

In this organization, we've had three catchers in three years. It's a more difficult transition than people give it credit for.
Ned Colletti
#People

It helped me, the way I grew up, ... My parents didn't have a surplus of anything, so you always had to watch what you did. I carry that to this day.
Ned Colletti
#Parents

This is one of the proudest days of my life, if not the proudest, ... From humble beginnings ... I find myself in one of the greatest places, Dodger Stadium, with one of the greatest franchises of all-time.
Ned Colletti
#Life

We need to get to work,
Ned Colletti
#Work

After 25 years in major league baseball, it's a dream come true to be the general manager of one of the most storied franchises in all of sports. I'd like to thank the Dodgers for putting their trust in my leadership abilities. My goal from this point forward is to accept nothing less than winning a World Championship with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Ned Colletti
#Baseball

It's huge. If he's the same player he was before he was hurt, that's just as important as whoever hits behind Barry. If Ray's on base ahead of Barry, that's more likely to force teams to pitch to Barry.
Ned Colletti
#Hurt

To me, he's got Hall of Fame credentials. He's as competitive as anyone. You look at his last 10 years and he plays a lot, plays hurt, plays through just about everything. I think he's one of the best players on the club.
Ned Colletti
#Fame

We obviously had no idea this was going to occur. Eric pitched 14 games last year. We're all smart enough to know you don't know what you're going to get when the guy comes back.
Ned Colletti
#Games

We had no idea this was going to occur. But Eric pitched 14 games last year and hadn't pitched in the second half, so we're all smart enough to know you don't know what he's got. He gave me no indication anything was wrong. We made the trade to shore up the bullpen and provide a little bit of security in case something like this happened.
Ned Colletti
#Games

I went into it with the idea of trying to keep him a Dodger. It was clearer and clearer there was no way to make this thing work. I got no glimmer at all that it could work.
Ned Colletti
#Trying

He didn't have a lot to say. I just gave him the information, and wished him well. That was it.
Ned Colletti
#Information

Little by little, it became clear he had an interest in being here. When I mentioned his name, Grady couldn't say yes fast enough.
Ned Colletti
#Interest

He's been able to pitch on two days' rest or 10 days' rest. You wouldn't want a kid to be in that position. What he can bring, you can't get out of a kid.
Ned Colletti
#Rest

It was tough to trade both of them. Omar had a need in the bullpen. I felt I have a need in the rotation.
Ned Colletti
#Trade

I've had to live that way my entire life. Because of that, I've been able to separate the good from the bad, the true from the false, the winners from the losers, the champions from the also-rans.
Ned Colletti
#Life

You can't diminish the importance (of postseason experience). When you get to mid-September, it's almost like the postseason. Guys who have been through that year after year have an advantage. When things go south, those players can steady the ship. I think it's got great value.
Ned Colletti
#Experience

Grady is a street-smart guy who grew up in the country.
Ned Colletti
#Country

I want the best players and the best people. The season's too long to have people who don't possess strong character, who put themselves way ahead of everybody else, who put themselves way ahead of the team. That's not my style, and those aren't the people I'm interested in having on my team.
Ned Colletti
#People

Takashi Saito is a very versatile pitcher who has been a starter, reliever and closer. We believe his experience over 14 years in Japan will give him the opportunity to make the Dodgers in 2006.
Ned Colletti
#Experience

It's great to be here. It's great to be down here and see the players and put faces and ability with names.
Ned Colletti
#Ability

Brian goes about his position in a very methodical and thoughtful way. He also has developed a great relationship with ownership. They are so respectful of baseball operations. It's about as good a match as you can have between baseball ownership and operations, and it works. There is respect both ways.
Ned Colletti
#Thoughtful

It would have been real easy for me to address the short-term issues and trade half the farm system. I could have. There was enough acclaim and enough interest out there that I could have filled other gaps out there by trading some of the young players. But I'm not short-sighted. I'm not impatient to the point that I'm going to do something that's going to tear apart the future, but I'm also not patient enough to sit back and get beat. This was probably as good a middle ground as I could find.
Ned Colletti
#Trade