Quotes by Sparky Anderson

A baseball manager is a necessary evil.
– Sparky Anderson
Baseball is a simple game. If you have good players and if you keep them in the right frame of mind then the manager is a success.
– Sparky Anderson
Casey knew his baseball. He only made it look like he was fooling around. He knew every move that was ever invented and some that we haven't even caught on to yet.
– Sparky Anderson
I don't believe a manager ever won a pennant. Casey Stengel won all those pennants with the Yankees. How many did he win with the Boston Braves and Mets?
– Sparky Anderson
I don't want to embarrass any other catcher by comparing him to Johnny Bench.
– Sparky Anderson
I only had a high school education and believe me, I had to cheat to get that.
– Sparky Anderson
I understand people who boo us. It's like going to Broadway show, you pay for your tickets and expect to be entertained. When you're not, you have a right to complain.
– Sparky Anderson
If I ever find a pitcher who has heat, a good curve, and a slider, I might seriously consider marrying him, or at least proposing.
– Sparky Anderson
If I hear Bowie Kuhn say just once more he's doing something for the betterment of baseball, I'm going to throw-up.
– Sparky Anderson
If you have to choose between power and speed and it often turns out you have to make that choice, you've got to go for speed.
– Sparky Anderson
It's a terrible thing to have to tell your fans, who have waited like Detroit's have, that their team won't win it this year. But it's better than lying to them.
– Sparky Anderson
Me carrying a briefcase is like a hotdog wearing earrings.
– Sparky Anderson
My idea of managing is giving the ball to Tom Seaver and sitting down and watching him work.
– Sparky Anderson
People who live in the past generally are afraid to compete in the present. I've got my faults, but living in the past is not one of them. There's no future in it.
– Sparky Anderson
Players have two things to do. Play and keep their mouths shut.
– Sparky Anderson
The great thing about baseball is when you're done, you'll only tell your grandchildren the good things. If they ask me about 1989, I'll tell them I had amnesia.
– Sparky Anderson
The only reason I'm coming out here tomorrow is the schedule says I have to.
– Sparky Anderson
The only thing I believe is this: A player does not have to like a manager and he does not have to respect a manager. All he has to do is obey the rules.
– Sparky Anderson
The players make the manager, it's never the other way.
– Sparky Anderson
They say the first World Series is the one you remember most. No, no no. I guarantee you don't remember that one because the fantasy world you always dreamed about is suddenly real.
– Sparky Anderson