Just cleaning out the notebook with some leftover quotes from the Winter Tour last Wednesday.
“Lakewood is such a great environment. I know the players really enjoy playing in front of big crowds which we have here and I’m really looking forward to Opening Day.”
“I love everything about coaching. I love teaching the kids and I love seeing them grow into better and better players. I’ve been friends with Ruben for a while and now with my kids being older it made sense for me to start getting back into the game of baseball.”
“I’d love to manage in the bigs, but right now my job is to send Charlie the most polished players I can send him. People ask me what type of manager are you? I’ll say that I’m patient, and will be able to give the kids plenty of time to develop. The most gratifying part for me is to see the kids in April and see how much they’ve gotten better by September.”
“We are very fortunate to have the support of all the people in this room and I applaud all of you for your support.”
“I believe Jimmy (Rollins) is the most consistent shortstop in baseball…If things didn’t work out with Jimmy we were ready for Freddy Galvis, who may still get an opportunity to play Major League Baseball this year.”
“We like to shoot for a guy that may be more high risk/high reward type of player than most teams.”
You see some photos of the event on Facebook here.
Also within the next week or so we’ll start with our position by position looks at guys that might be with the BlueClaws in 2012.