Top 53 Earl Weaver Quotes of 2020

Earl Weaver: A Baseball Manager

Earl Sidney Weaver was a professional American baseball manager, player, television broadcaster and author. He was born on 7 July 1930 in ST. Louis, Missouri and died at the age of 82 in Aboard, Caribbean.  He played several series and tournaments for America later he took retirement from the baseball and became a manager of Minor league in MLB with Baltimore Orioles.

Earl Weaver Quotes
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Early life

He was born in a middle-class family and his father was a dry cleaner who worked at the local school. Earl Weaver was passionate about baseball from childhood and decided to make his career in this field. He participated in many tournaments during his school days. 

Playing Career

He started his professional career as a fielder and after taking part in a few international games, became a permanent member of the team. 

Weaver was a slick fielder, not a hitter. He played for league Texas Houston Buffaloes in 1951 and took retirement from the game.

Managerial career

Earl started his managerial career in 1956 in association with non-affiliated Knoxville Smokies at South Atlantic. In 1957, he joined Baltimore Orioles as a minor league manager. As a team manager, he registered a record of 697 defeats and 841 wins with three championships in eleven and a half seasons. Till his late 80s, he managed the team and after that, he died in 2013.

Defence, pitching and the three-run homer is the rule Earl Weaver and his Baltimore Orioles team honed to excellence. The Earl was undoubtedly a talented manager who owned brilliant leadership quality.

Best Earl Weaver Quotations List

“You can’t 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 damn plate and five the other man his chance. That’s why baseball is the greatest game of them all.”

― Earl Weaver

“The key to winning baseball games is pitching, fundamentals, and three run homers.”

― Earl Weaver

“Nobody likes to hear it, because it’s dull, but the reason you win or lose is darn near always the same – pitching.”

― Earl Weaver

“On my tombstone just write, ‘The sorest loser that ever lived.’”

― Earl Weaver

“A manager has to convince his hitters that they have to get on base for the next guy and that no player can do it by himself. Sometimes that isn’t easy. In the playoffs, you can get into trouble because everybody wants to be a hero.”

― Earl Weaver

“A manager wins games in the winter when he picks his team.”

― Earl Weaver

“This ain’t a football game, we do this every day.”

― Earl Weaver

“A manager’s job is simple. For one hundred sixty-two games you try not to screw up all that smart stuff your organization did last December.”

― Earl Weaver

“There ain’t no genius here. Strategy in baseball is overrated. People say, ‘That Weaver, he plays for the long ball too much.’ You bet I do. Hit ’em out. Then I got no worry about somebody lousing up a bunt, I got no worry about the hit and run – and that’s really overrated – I got no worry about base-running errors. And I can’t screw it up myself.”

― Earl Weaver

“Playing baseball is fun. If I could play, I’d never retire. But managing is work. It’s constant decisions of whose feelings you want to hurt all the time.”

― Earl Weaver

“The key step for an infielder is the first one, to the left or right, but before the ball is hit.”

― Earl Weaver

“Coaches are an integral part of any manager’s team, especially if they are good pinochle players.”

― Earl Weaver

“No one’s gonna give a damn in July if you lost a game in March.”

― Earl Weaver

“The job of arguing with the umpire belongs to the manager, because it won’t hurt the team if he gets thrown out of the game.”

― Earl Weaver

“I had a successful career: not necessarily a Hall of Fame career, but a successful one.”

― Earl Weaver

“A manager gets in the Hall of Fame by what his players have done for him.”

― Earl Weaver

“People always make a lot about how I don’t carry grudges. That’s my religious upbringing. I went nine years without missing Sunday school. Lutheran. I can’t live with hatred inside of me. That’s what I learned. I ain’t scared of dying, either.”

― Earl Weaver

“Momentum? Momentum is the next day’s starting pitcher.”

― Earl Weaver

“A manager should stay as far away as possible from his players. I don’t know if I said ten words to Frank Robinson while he played for me.”

― Earl Weaver

“Don’t worry, the fans don’t start booing until July.”

― Earl Weaver

“I think the National League has better biorhythms in July.”

― Earl Weaver

“I think there should be bad blood between all clubs.”

― Earl Weaver

“The only thing that matters is what happens on the little hump out in the middle of the field.”

― Earl Weaver

“You win pennants in the off season when you build your teams with trades and free agents.”

― Earl Weaver

“I became an optimist when I discovered that I wasn’t going to win any more games by being anything else.”

― Earl Weaver

“In baseball, you can’t kill the clock. You’ve got to give the other man his chance. That’s why this is the greatest game.”

― Earl Weaver

“Your most precious possessions on offense are your twenty-seven outs.”

― Earl Weaver

“In my mind, the home run is paramount because it means instant runs.”

― Earl Weaver

“There are only three outs an inning, and they should be treasured. Give one away, and you’re making everything harder for yourself.”

― Earl Weaver

“The Orioles made me. I didn’t make the Orioles.”

― Earl Weaver

“The guy who says, ‘I love the challenge of managing,’ is one step from being out of a job.”

― Earl Weaver

“If an umpire misses a called third strike and the other side ends up scoring because of it, I’m not going to forget it. If there are runners on second and third and two out, and if the umpire has just given the hitter an extra strike and the next pitch goes into the hole and both runs score, I’ve got to say something to the guy.”

― Earl Weaver

“I really don’t like confrontations. One of the reasons I’m retiring is that I’m tired of hurting people’s feelings.”

― Earl Weaver

“I wanted no part of losing. Why play if you can’t beat the other guys more often than they beat you?”

― Earl Weaver

“When you play for one run, that’s usually all you get. I have nothing against the bunt in its place, but most of the time, that place is in the bottom of a long-forgotten closet.”

― Earl Weaver

“To keep your job, you fire others or bench them or trade them. You have to do the thinking for 25 guys, and you can’t be too close to any of them.”

― Earl Weaver

“You must remember that anyone under 30 – especially a ballplayer – is an adolescent. I never got close to being an adult until I was 32. Even though I was married and had a son at 20, I was a kid at 32, living at home with my parents. Sure, I was a manager then. That doesn’t mean you’re grown up.”

― Earl Weaver

“Until you’re the person that other people fall back on, until you’re the one that’s leaned on, not the person doing the leaning, you’re not an adult.”

― Earl Weaver

“I don’t want to spend my whole life watching the sun go down behind the left field bleachers.”

― Earl Weaver

“I stand by my belief that individual performances are the most important part of baseball.”

― Earl Weaver

“I used to be a pretty good hit-and-run man when I played in the minors. I handled the bat well and could hit the ball to the right side of the infield. Nevertheless, I know that you often give the opposition an out on the hit-and-run play.”

― Earl Weaver

“Don’t play for one run unless you know that run will win a ballgame.”

― Earl Weaver

“The key step for an infielder is the first one… but before the ball is hit.”

― Earl Weaver

“The only thing I’d ever wanted in my life was to be a major-league ballplayer, but I had to admit to myself that I wasn’t good enough. It broke my heart.”

― Earl Weaver

“Pitching keeps you in the games. Home runs win the game.”

― Earl Weaver

“The easiest way around the bases is with one swing of the bat.”

― Earl Weaver

“Bad ballplayers make good managers.”

― Earl Weaver

“Judging ballplayers and turning in reports, giving my opinion of who will get to the big leagues and who will not… I think my baseball judgment was really good.”

― Earl Weaver

“Most of the umpires, it’s amazing: 98 percent of them will not hold a grudge. I always felt a couple of them did. I never wanted to argue with an umpire in my life.”

― Earl Weaver

“A winning player is nothing more than a player on a winning team. A losing player is a guy who played on a losing team that year.”

― Earl Weaver

“If you want to steal a base, steal a base. Don’t make the hitter swing at a bad pitch trying to protect the runner.”

― Earl Weaver

“The worst thing about being on the road is all you want to do when you get home is to stay home, but as soon as you get back, all the wife wants to do is go out because she’s been stuck home all the time you’ve been stuck on the road.”

― Earl Weaver

“What else does a manager do but push buttons? He doesn’t hit, he doesn’t run, he doesn’t throw, and he doesn’t catch the ball. A manager has twenty-five players, or twenty-five buttons, and he selects which one he’ll use, or push, that day. The manager who presses the right buttons most often is the one who wins the most games.”

― Earl Weaver
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