Baseball Motivational Quotes

Champions and Coaches

Two things help me be a winner. One is I try to stay on an even keel. I dont get too high or too low. Two is I do a lot of visualisation. I never see a bad pitch. I always see a good one.
Ila Borders, first woman starting pitcher in a men's professional baseball.


Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.
Babe Ruth


The pitcher has got only a ball. I've got a bat. So the percentage of weapons is in my favor and I let the fellow with the ball do the fretting.
Hank Aaron


Baseball Players / Teams Mental Training / Hypnosis for Success  

You cant think and hit at the same time.
Yogi Berra


People ask me what I do in winter when there's no baseball. I'll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.
Rogers Hornsby


A ball player's got to be kept hungry to become a big-leaguer. That's why no boy from a rich family ever made the big leagues.
Joe DiMaggio


Fans dont boo nobodies.
Reggie Jackson


You cant steal second base and keep one foot on first.


Blind people come to the park just to hear him pitch.
Reggie Jackson on Tom Seaver


There are a lot of shots in golf I cant hit, but I try to hit them anyway. The frustration is not there, because I am still learning. But I really know how to do this. I am not just hoping to get it where I want it... Let the other guys do it half-assed.
Greg Maddux

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Just take the ball and throw it where you want to. Throw strikes. Home plate dont move.
Satchel Paige


Hey big mouth, how do you spell triple?
Shoeless Joe Jackson to a heckler


When I played ball, I didnt play for fun. . . . It's no pink tea, and mollycoddles had better stay out. It's a contest and everything that implies, a struggle for supremacy, a survival of the fittest.
Ty Cobb


I am convinced that every boy, in his heart, would rather steal second base than an automobile.
Tom Clark


No matter how good you are, you're going to lose one-third of your games. No matter how bad you are you're going to win one-third of your games. It's the other third that makes the difference.
Tommy Lasorda


You cant sit on a lead and run a few plays into the line and just kill the clock. You've got to throw the ball over the goddamn plate and give the other man his chance. That's why baseball is the greatest game of them all.
Earl Weaver


During my 18 years I came to bat almost 10,000 times. I struck out about 1,700 times and walked maybe 1,800 times. You figure a ballplayer will average about 500 at bats a season. That means I played seven years without ever hitting the ball.
Mickey Mantle


I have observed that baseball is not unlike war, and when you get right down to it, we batters are the heavy artillery.
Ty Cobb


I didnt get over 1300 walks without knowing the strike zone.
Wade Boggs

Sandy's fastball was so fast, some batters would start to swing as he was on his way to the mound.
Jim Murray


I became a good pitcher when I stopped trying to make them miss the ball and started trying to make them hit it.
Sandy Koufax


You gotta be a man to play baseball for a living, but you gotta have a lot of little boy in you, too.
Roy Campanella


There are three things in my life which I really love: God, my family, and baseball. The only problem - once baseball season starts, I change the order around a bit.
Al Gallagher


Baseball is a fun game. It beats working for a living.
Phil Linz


When they start the game, they dont yell, "Work ball." They say, "Play ball."
Willie Stargell


I dont want to play golf. When I hit a ball, I want someone else to go chase it.
Rogers Hornsby


With those who dont give a damn about baseball, I can only sympathize. I do not resent them. I am even willing to concede that many of them are physically clean, good to their mothers and in favor of world peace. But while the game is on, I cant think of anything to say to them.
Art Hill


Good pitching will beat good hitting any time, and vice versa.
Bob Veale


"If you do what you have always done, you will get what you have always got"
Mark Twain



Every hitter likes fastballs, just like everybody likes ice cream. But you dont like it when someone's stuffing it into you by the gallon. That's what it feels like when Nolan Ryan's thrown balls by you.
Reggie Jackson


I dont care how long you've been around, you'll never see it all.
Bob Lemon


It's hard to win a pennant, but it's harder losing one.
Chuck Tanner


My motto was always to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was keep swinging.
Hank Aaron


Hitting is timing. Pitching is upsetting timing.
Warren Spahn


Dont forget to swing hard, in case you hit the ball.
Woodie Held


Ninety feet between home plate and first base may be the closest man has ever come to perfection.
Red Smith


There are three types of baseball players: those who make things happen, those who watch it happen, and those who wonder what happens.
Tommy Lasorda


Baseball, it is said, is only a game. True. And the Grand Canyon is only a hole in Arizona.
George F. Will


Baseball is like a poker game. Nobody wants to quit when he's losing; nobody wants you to quit when you're ahead.
Jackie Robinson


The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they dont play together, the club wont be worth a dime.
Babe Ruth


I have observed that baseball is not unlike war, and when you get right down to it, we batters are the heavy artillery.
Ty Cobb



Life will always throw you curves, just keep fouling them off... the right pitch will come, but when it does, be prepared to run the bases.
Rick Maksian


You dont save a pitcher for tomorrow. Tomorrow it may rain.
Leo Durocher


You cant sit on a lead and run a few plays into the line and just kill the clock. You've got to throw the ball over the goddamn plate and give the other man his chance. That's why baseball is the greatest game of them all.
Earl Weaver


I was such a dangerous hitter I even got intentional walks in batting practice.
Casey Stengel


You can learn little from victory. You can learn everything from defeat.
Christy Mathewson


The pitcher has to find out if the hitter is timid. And if the hitter is timid, he has to remind the hitter he's timid.
Don Drysdale


It ain't like football. You cant make up no trick plays.
Yogi Berra


This is a game to be savored, not gulped. There's time to discuss everything between pitches or between innings.
Bill Veeck


Dont tell me about the world. Not today. It's springtime and they're knocking baseball around fields where the grass is damp and green in the morning and the kids are trying to hit the curve ball.
Pete Hamill


My dad taught me to switch-hit. He and my grandfather, who was left-handed, pitched to me everyday after school in the back yard. I batted lefty against my dad and righty against my granddad.
Mickey Mantle




You start chasing a ball and your brain immediately commands your body to 'Run forward, bend, scoop up the ball, peg it to the infield,' then your body says, 'Who me?'
Joe DiMaggio


You owe it to yourself to be the best you can possibly be - in baseball and in life.
Pete Rose


I cant very well tell my batters dont hit it to him. Wherever they hit it, he's there anyway (Mays).
Gil Hodges


I remember the last season I played. I went home after a ballgame one day, lay down on my bed, and tears came to my eyes. How can you explain that? It's like crying for your mother after she's gone. You cry because you love her. I cried, I guess, because I loved baseball and I knew I had to leave it.
Willie Mays


The ball went further than I ever went on vacation as a kid.
Gene Geiselmann


Baseball is ninety percent mental and the other half is physical.
Yogi Berra


In baseball, my theory is to strive for consistency, not to worry about the numbers. If you dwell on statistics you get shortsighted, if you aim for consistency, the numbers will be there at the end.
Tom Seaver


He hits my changeup. He hits my curveball. He hits my slider. I've run out of pitches to throw him. I just try to pick the spots where he's going to hit his homeruns.
Brian Bohanonn on pitching to Mark McGwire


Hitting is 50% above the shoulders.
Ted Williams


Hitting is timing. Pitching is upsetting timing.
Warren Spahn


Fundamentals are the most valuable tools a player can possess. Bunt the ball into the ground. Hit the cutoff man. Take the extra base. Learn the fundamentals.
Dick Williams


If you cant outsmart people, outwork them.
Bill Veeck


A hitter's impatience is the pitcher's biggest advantage.
Pete Rose


Mental attitude and concentration are the keys to pitching.
Ferguson Jenkins


The pitcher has to throw a strike sooner or later, so why not hit the pitch you want to hit and not the one he wants you to hit?
Johnny Mize


Control is what kept me in the big leagues for twenty-two years.
Cy Young


When you step into the batter's box, have nothing on your mind except baseball.
Pete Rose


The best possible thing in baseball is winning the World Series. The second best thing is losing the World Series.
Tommy Lasorda


Dont worry about your individual numbers. Worry about the team. If the team is successful, each of you will be successful, too.
Branch Rickey


Pitch within yourself.
Tom Seaver


Associate with those who help you believe in yourself.
Brooks Robinson


If you get fooled by a pitch with less than two strikes, take it.
Ted Williams


Be on time. Bust your butt. Play smart. And have some laughs along the way.
Whitey Herzog


Most one-run games are lost, not won.
Gene Mauch


It takes pitching, hitting and defense. Any two can win. All three make you unbeatable.
Joe Garagiola


Dont be afraid to take advice. There's always something new to learn.
Babe Ruth


You owe it to yourself to be the best you can possible be in baseball and in life.
Pete Rose


Show me a guy who's afraid to look bad, and I'll show you a guy you can beat.
Lou Brock