What is life, after all, but a challenge? And what better challenge can there be than the one between the pitcher and the hitter.
I wonder why there is a designated hitter in baseball after all these years? As an experiment, it seemed like a swell enough idea, but you would think the novelty would have worn off by now and everyone would get back to playing baseball.
I was the most powerful left-handed hitter in the Alameda area.
Ted Williams was the greatest hitter I ever saw, but DiMaggio was the greatest all around player.
The pitcher has to find out if the hitter is timid, and if he is timid, he has to remind the hitter he's timid.
I don't like the designated hitter. A guy who plays should be able to catch and hit.
The Brooklyn Dodgers had a no hitter last night.
To be a good hitter you've got to do one thing - get a good ball to hit.
I study pitchers. I visualize pitches. That gives me a better chance every time I step into the box. That doesn't mean I'm going to get a hit every game, but that's one of the reasons I've come a long way as a hitter.
Actually punching is a mistake; a heavy hitter will cut you with one shot.
You would be amazed how many important outs you can get by working the count down to where the hitter is sure you're going to throw to his weakness, and then throw to his power instead.
Guessing what the pitcher is going to throw is eighty percent of being a successful hitter. The other twenty percent is just execution.
I was such a dangerous hitter I even got intentional walks during batting practice.
A man has to have goals - for a day, for a lifetime - and that was mine, to have people say, 'There goes Ted Williams, the greatest hitter who ever lived.'
It helps if the hitter thinks you're a little crazy.
I was the worst hitter ever. I never even broke a bat until last year when I was backing out of the garage.