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101 Inspirational Baseball Quotes

inspirational baseball quotes

Given that the game has been around for more than 150 years, it’s hardly surprising that there are plenty of inspirational baseball quotes to go around.

Heck, just about everyone who’s ever played the game at any level, or watched it at any level, can wax poetic about America’s Pastime.

Still, sometimes you just need a concentrated shot of good diamond vibes to get you through the day.

And that’s just what the list below is all about: 101 inspirational baseball quotes all in one place, right at your fingertips whenever you need a boost.

A winner is somebody who goes out there every day and exhausts himself trying to get something accomplished.

Joe Torre

Don’t ever let the pressure exceed the pleasure.

Joe Maddon.

You may not think you’re going to make it. You may want to quit. But if you keep your eye on the ball, you can accomplish anything.

Hank Aaron

I’d walk through hell in a gasoline suit to play baseball.

Pete Rose

Never allow the circumstances of your life to become an excuse. People will allow you to do it. But I believe we have a personal obligation to make the most of the abilities we have.

Jim Abbott

When you’ve learned to believe in yourself, there’s no telling how good a player you can be. That’s because you have the mental edge.

Rod Carew

Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.

Babe Ruth

All I can tell them is pick a good one and sock it. I get back to the dugout, and they ask me what it was I hit, and I tell them I don’t know except it looked good.

Babe Ruth

Pitching is the art of instilling fear.

Sandy Koufax.

In baseball, democracy shines its clearest. The only race that matters is the race to the bag. The creed is the rule book. And color, merely something to distinguish one team’s uniform from another’s.

Ernie Harwell

Competing at the highest level is not about winning. It’s about preparation, courage, understanding, and nurturing your people, and heart. Winning is the result.

Joe Torre

Work like you don’t need the money. Love like you’ve never been hurt. Dance like nobody’s watching.

Satchel Paige

When baseball is no longer fun, it’s no longer a game.

Joe DiMaggio

I want people to expect more from me because I expect more. If you don’t set goals high, you’re not trying.

Todd Helton

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 don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.

Babe Ruth

I was told I would never make it because I’m too short. Well, I’m still too short, but I’ve got 10 All-Star games, two World Series championships, and I’m a very happy and contented guy. It doesn’t matter what your height is, it’s what’s in your heart.

Kirby Puckett

I didn’t realize how much I loved the game until I couldn’t play it.

Mark Teixeira

In playing ball, and in life, a person occasionally gets the opportunity to do something great. When that time comes, only two things matter: being prepared to seize the moment and having the courage to take your best swing.

Hank Aaron

Nobody wanted me. Scouts told me to go to school, to forget baseball. Coaches said, ‘You’re never going to make it.’ I appreciated their honesty because I think when someone tells you something you may not like, you have to use that as fuel for motivation.

Mike Piazza

Close don’t count in baseball. Close only counts in horseshoes and grenades.

Frank Robinson

If my uniform doesn’t get dirty, I haven’t done anything in the baseball game.

Rickey Henderson

It’s a game, and that’s how I am going to treat it.

Ken Griffey Jr.

The best pitchers have a short-term memory and a bulletproof confidence.

Greg Maddux

Baseball gives every American boy a chance to excel, not just to be as good as someone else but to be better than someone else. This is the nature of man and the name of the game.

Ted Williams

Baseball is ninety percent mental. The other half is physical.

Yogi Berra.

Heroes get remembered, but legends never die.

Babe Ruth

Slumps are like a soft bed. They’re easy to get into and hard to get out of.

Johnny Bench

You know you’re pitching well when the batters look as bad as you do at the plate.

Duke Snider.

There is no time to fool around when you practice. Every drill must have a purpose.

Albert Pujols

Winning isn’t everything. Wanting to is.

Catfish Hunter

It ain’t over ’til it’s over.

Yogi Berra

I like to be against the odds. I’m not afraid to be lonely at the top.

Barry Bonds

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 7 years without ever hitting the ball.

Mickey Mantle

Good is not good when better is expected.

Vin Scully

I don’t fraternize with players when it’s time to hit. I’m preparing for the game. It’s the most important time of the day.

Albert Belle

Our lives are not determined by what happens to us but how we react to what happens, not by what life brings us but the attitude we bring to life.

Wade Boggs

Don’t try to be a hero. Try to be a winner.

George Brett

If you’re not practicing, somebody else is, somewhere, and he’ll be ready to take your job.

Brooks Robinson

Baseball is such a tough game. It really humbles you at times; you just have to try not to get too high or too low.

Chase Utley.

All ballplayers should quit when it starts to feel as if all the baselines run uphill.

Babe Ruth

To a pitcher, a base hit is the perfect example of negative feedback.

Steve Hovley.

Yesterday’s home runs don’t win today’s games.

Babe Ruth

Play this game like the 8-year-old you used to be, dreaming to play in the show. Heart, passion, and fire! Remember where you came from.

Bryce Harper

You don’t need to have a perfect ending to be happy.

Prince Fielder.

It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone.

A. Bartlett Giamatti

Work hard and have patience.

Randy Johnson

My pitching philosophy is simple

keep the ball way from the bat.

Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball.

Jacques Barzun.

My motto was always to keep swinging.

Hank Aaron.

Who is richer? The man who is seen, but cannot see? Or the man who is not being seen, but can see?

Babe Ruth

Just take the ball and throw it where you want to. Throw strikes. Home plate don’t move.

Satchel Paige.

You can’t be afraid to make errors! You can’t be afraid to be naked before the crowd, because no one can ever master the game of baseball, or conquer it.

Lou Brock.

Baseball is a game of the soul.

Pedro Martinez

I played my best every day. You never know when someone may be seeing you play for the first time.

Joe DiMaggio

Baseball is not a sport you can achieve individually.

Curt Schilling.

Doctors tell me I have the body of a 30-year-old. I know I have the brain of a 15-year-old. If you’ve got both, you can play baseball.

Pete Rose

Whenever I get into a tough situation…I think of growing up, and I say, ‘This situation won’t be the worst one I’ve ever been in.

Billy Wagner

A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.

Jackie Robinson.

If you have a bad day in baseball, and start thinking about it, you will have 10 more.

Sammy Sosa

To me, baseball has always been a reflection of life. Like life, it adjusts. It survives everything.

Willie Stargell

One of the beautiful things about baseball is that every once in a while you come into a situation where you want to, and where you have to, reach down and prove something.

Nolan Ryan

Every day is a new opportunity. You can build on yesterday’s success or put its failures behind and start over again. That’s the way life is, with a new game every day, and that’s the way baseball is.

Bob Feller.

If you expect greatness, greatness shouldn’t surprise you.

Justin Verlander

People out there said I was too small. It’s those kinds of moments that pushed me to be where I’m at right now.

Tim Lincecum

Every great batter works on the theory that the pitcher is more afraid of him than he is of the pitcher.

Ty Cobb

Winning depends on where you put your priorities. It’s usually best to put them over the fence.

Jason Giambi

Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.

Babe Ruth

Do what you love to do and give it your very best. Whether it’s business or baseball, or the theater, or any field. If you don’t love what you’re doing and you can’t give it your best, get out of it. Life is too short. You’ll be an old man before you know it.

Al Lopez

You should seek approval from yourself.

Ichiro Suzuki

You either get better, or you get worse. Those are the only two options.

Max Scherzer.

The only time I really try for a strikeout is when I’m in a jam. If the bases are loaded with none out, for example, then I’ll go for a strikeout. But most of the time, I try to throw to spots. I try to get them to pop up or ground out. On a strikeout, I might have to throw five or six pitches, sometimes more if there are foul-offs. That tires me. So I just try to get outs. That’s what counts — outs. You win with outs, not strikeouts.

Sandy Koufax

Load up your mind with pictures capturing your preferred tomorrow. Put the remembrances of the past in a place where they won’t block your view.

Gary Carter

No one has come up with a substitute for hard work.

Ted Williams.

It’s not what you achieve, it’s what you overcome. That’s what defines your career.

Carlton Fisk

The more you play baseball, the less depends on your athletic ability. It’s a mental war more than anything.

Alex Rodriguez

Don’t be afraid to take advice. There’s always something new to learn.

Babe Ruth

Everybody makes mistakes; that’s why they put erasers on pencils.

Tommy Lasorda.

You’ve gotta find a way to get out of your own way, so you can progress in life.

Steve Carlton

If you don’t have dreams, you don’t have a life.

Bryce Harper

Pressure is a word that is misused in our vocabulary. When you start thinking of pressure, it’s because you’ve started to think of failure.

Tommy Lasorda

How to hit home runs: I swing as hard as I can, and I try to swing right through the ball… The harder you grip the bat, the more you can swing it through the ball, and the farther the ball will go. I swing big, with everything I’ve got–I hit big, or I miss big–I like to live as big as I can.

Babe Ruth

Luck is the by-product of busting your fanny.

Don Sutton

Never give up. Don’t cave.

Jim The Rookie Morris

To succeed in baseball, as in life, you must make adjustments.

Ken Griffey Jr.

A team is where a boy can prove his courage on his own. A gang is where a coward goes to hide.

Mickey Mantle.

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.

There are only two seasons — winter and baseball.

Bill Veeck

There may be people that have more talent than you, but there is no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.

Derek Jeter.

I can’t stand satisfaction. To me, greatness comes from that quest for perfection.

Mike Schmidt

I think about baseball when I wake up in the morning. I think about it all day and I dream about it at night. The only time I don’t think about it is when I’m playing it.

Carl Yastrzemski

I feel that the most important requirement in success is learning to overcome failure. You must learn to tolerate it, but never accept it.

Reggie Jackson

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.

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

In baseball, there’s always the next day.

Ryne Sandberg

Hustle is just playing the game right.

Jimmy Rollins

You can’t get real happy or real depressed when you play baseball. Baseball is a great sport in that it offers a player a lot of opportunities for atonement.

Mike Piazza

Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good, too.

Yogi Berra

Set your goals high, and don’t stop till you get there.

Bo Jackson

It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.

Babe Ruth

The way I figured it, I was even with baseball and baseball with me. The game had done much for me, and I had done much for it.

Jackie Robinson

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