TOMMY LASORDA QUOTES

American baseball player & manager (1927- )

Tommy Lasorda quote

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

TOMMY LASORDA, attributed, Sportswit

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About the only problem with success is that it does not teach you how to deal with failure.

TOMMY LASORDA, The Artful Dodger

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I motivate players through communication, being honest with them, having them respect and appreciate your ability and your help.

TOMMY LASORDA, attributed, Dad's Playbook: Wisdom for Fathers from the Greatest Coaches of All Time

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Listen, if you start worrying about the people in the stands, before too long you're up in the stands with them.

TOMMY LASORDA, attributed, The Gigantic Book of Baseball Quotations

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I love doubleheaders. That way I get to keep my uniform on longer.

TOMMY LASORDA, attributed, Winning Words: Classic Quotes from the World of Sports

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The only way I'd worry about the weather is if it snows on our side of the field and not theirs.

TOMMY LASORDA, attributed, Great Quotes from Great Sports Heroes

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My God, look at the words people use today. They use profanity like it's nothing. Christ almighty.

TOMMY LASORDA, Los Angeles Daily News, July 14, 2013

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I managed the Dodgers for 20 years. It's hard to believe that there are only four guys in the history of baseball who managed the same team for 20 years or more. One was owner of the team, Connie Mack. Another was part owner of the team, John McGraw. Then there was my predecessor, Walter Alston, and me. It's amazing. In the 20 years I managed the Dodgers, 210 managers were fired.

TOMMY LASORDA, interview, American Sportscasters Online

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I believe managing is like holding a dove in your hand. If you hold it too tightly you kill it, but if you hold it too loosely, you lose it.

TOMMY LASORDA, The Artful Dodger

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Think about each pitch like you think about women, then select one which is particularly appealing.

TOMMY LASORDA, attributed, The Gigantic Book of Baseball Quotations

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I walk into the clubhouse and it's like walking into the Mayo Clinic. We have four doctors, three therapists and five trainers. Back when I broke in, we had one trainer who carried a bottle of rubbing alcohol and by the seventh inning he had drunk it all.

TOMMY LASORDA, Sports Illustrated, May 29, 1989

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I was told to stay away from pasta and bread for two weeks. Not eating pasta? That'll kill me. Anything else, but why pasta?

TOMMY LASORDA, Los Angeles Daily News, July 14, 2013

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When I was 14 years old, I went with my father to visit some family. This guy said, "Sam, you have five sons -- which one of those sons do you like the best?" I thought my father would say me! He thought for a moment, and then he raised his hand, and said, "which one of those fingers do you like the best?"

TOMMY LASORDA, "A Thoughtful Sitdown with the Best. Manager. Ever.", Thrillist

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I don't like the pitch count! How are you gonna develop your arm? If you're a track man you say, "Hey, you can't run too much." Or if you're a boxer you say, "Hey, you can only box three rounds." It's not right!

TOMMY LASORDA, interview, Boomer & Carton, March 7, 2013

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The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a man's determination.

TOMMY LASORDA, attributed, Winning Words: Classic Quotes from the World of Sports

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Baseball is like driving, it's the one who gets home safely that counts.

TOMMY LASORDA, attributed, The Gigantic Book of Baseball Quotations

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When you're not playing up to your capability, you gotta try everything, to motivate, to get them going. All of them have to be on the same end of the rope to pull together. It's playing for the name on the front of the shirt, not the back. Individualism gets you trophies and plaques. Play for the front, that wins championships. I try to remind them of that.

TOMMY LASORDA, Los Angeles Daily News, July 14, 2013

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My theory of hitting was just to watch the ball as it came in and hit it. As I realized years later, that is still the finest theory of hitting yet devised.

TOMMY LASORDA, The Artful Dodger

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Caltech honored me -- they named an asteroid after me. There's only two of them up there with names. One of them is Walter Cronkite. The other is Tommy Lasorda.

TOMMY LASORDA, Los Angeles Daily News, July 14, 2013

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The average age of our bench is deceased.

TOMMY LASORDA, attributed, The Gigantic Book of Baseball Quotations

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