Thursday, November 10, 2011

Notable Quotes of the Week

Here are some informative and insightful quotes from the past week:

* GM Walt Jocketty on removing winter ball from Aroldis Chapman's offseason plans: “We’ve decided against sending him to Puerto Rico. He’s on a strength-and-conditioning program in Arizona. He’ll go to Florida after that and continue to work out. There’s no injury. We just want to make sure he’s 100 percent. He had the shoulder issue during the season.”
Don't expect Reyes in a Reds uniform
next season

* On trying to court big free agents such as Jose Reyes or C.J. Wilson: “Oh, God, no. We’d love to but we won’t be doing anything like that. We’ve got to be more creative," said Jocketty.

* Manager Dusty Baker on young catcher Devin Mesoraco: "He's a tremendous talent. He pays attention. He's going to be a good hitter. He's really worked on his footwork and his throwing. Naturally, as a young catcher, he still has some things to learn, [like] game situations....He's a good kid, that's where it starts. You could tell he came from a good upbringing. He's very respectful. He listens. You know he's quiet, but he's paying attention. As a manager or a coach, you're not really crazy about that know-it-all guy. That's not him."

* Reliever Nick Masset regarding last season and his future in the Queen City: "I feel good. My numbers weren't as good as they could have been. But being a reliever with a high ERA, you can kind of wash that because you give up four runs in one game and your ERA blows up. I never really focus on that. I feel like I'm not going anywhere. I plan to stay here as long as they want me here. We have a good team with young guys. We're just going to get better and better through the years."

* Second basemen Brandon Phillips on winning his first Silver Slugger Award: "Winning the Silver Slugger is probably one of the biggest things that's ever happened to me. "I'm still on a mission," he said. "I want a ring now. ... Seeing the Cardinals win it on TV, it hurt my heart a little bit."

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