Slower is better in today's game

Originally Published: August 19, 2005
By Rob Neyer | ESPN Insider
"Hitting alone will not win ball games. I want speed on my team, and I also want every man on the squad to know how to slide."
    -- Branch Rickey

"Team speed, fer chrissakes. You get $#%@ little fleas on the #$%@ bases gettin' picked off trying to steal, gettin' thrown out, takin' runs away from ya. Ya get some big #%@$ that can hit the %@$ ball outta the #%@$ ballpark and you can't make any #%@$ mistakes!"
    -- Earl Weaver

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