Baseball Quotes to Uplift and Motivate

Looking for inspiration and motivation? These unforgettable baseball quotes help you pick yourself back up during challenging times with the uplifting and memorable words of wisdom. Most powerful baseball quotes by baseball players and coaches can empower you to reach for your dreams.

Best Baseball Quotes

That’s the beautiful thing about baseball. You can be any size and be successful. Andrew Benintendi

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. Bullet Bob Feller

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

People ask me what I do in the winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring. Rogers Hornsby

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

Playing baseball for a living is like having a license to steal. Pete Rose

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

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

I’d be willing to bet you, if I was a betting man, that I have never bet on baseball. Pete Rose

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

Fans don’t boo nobodies. Mr. October

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

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Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of ten and be considered a good performer. Ted Williams

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

When you start the game, they don’t say Work ball! They say, Play ball! Willie Stargell

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

The game had done much for me, and I had done much for it. Jackie Robinson

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

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

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

Well, it took me 17 years to get 3,000 hits in baseball, and I did it in one afternoon on the golf course. Hank Aaron

Pitching is the art of instilling fear. Sandy Koufax

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

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Every strike brings me closer to the next home run. Babe Ruth

My motto was always to keep swinging. Hank Aaron

Never allow the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game. Babe Ruth

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

Baseball is, was, and always will be the best game in the world to me. Babe Ruth

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

There are three types of baseball players: those who make it happen, those who watch it happen, and those who wonder what happened. Tommy Lasorda

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

Baseball is like driving, it’s the one who gets home safely that counts. Tommy Lasorda

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

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Bad ballplayers make great managers, not the other way around. All I can do is help them be as good as they are. Earl Weaver

Hustle is just playing the game right. Jimmy Rollin

A baseball manager is a necessary evil. George Anderson

Never give up. Don’t cave. Jim Morris

I’ve come to the conclusion that the two most important things in life are good friends and a good bullpen. Bob Lemon

Work hard and have patience. Randy Johnson

The greatest feeling in the world is to win a major league game. The second greatest feeling is to lose a major league game. Chuck Tanner

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

I really love the togetherness in baseball. That’s real true love. Billy Martin

Don’t ever let the pressure exceed the pleasure. Joe Maddon

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Baseball is like church. Many attend, but few understand. Leo Ernest Durocher

Baseball is not a sport you can achieve individually. Curt Schilling

Close doesn’t count in baseball. Close only counts in horseshoes and grenades. Frank Robinson

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

Never save a pitcher for tomorrow. Tomorrow it may rain. Leo Durocher

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

How can you not be romantic about baseball? Moneyball

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

Progress always involves risk. You can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first. Frederick B. Wilcox

Baseball is a lot like life. It’s a day to day existence, full of ups and downs. You make the most of your opportunities in baseball as you do in life. Ernie Harwell

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

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

It ain’t over til it’s over. Yogi Berra

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

It took me seventeen years to get three thousand hits in baseball. It took one afternoon on the golf course. Hank Aaron

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

Everyone has the fire, but the champions know when to ignite the spark. Amit Ray

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 Karew

The thing I write will be the thing I write. Steve Shilstone

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

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Its getting late early. Yogi Berra

No matter how good you are, you’re going to lose one third of your games. No matter how bad you are you’re going to win one third of your games. It’s the other third that makes the difference. Tommy Lasorda

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

Baseball isn’t just a game. It’s the smell of popcorn drifting in the air, the sight of bugs buzzing near the stadium lights,the roughness of the dirt beneath your cleats. It’s the anticipation building in your chest as the anthem plays, the adrenaline rush when your bat cracks against the ball, and the surge of blood when the umpire shouts strike after you pitch. It’s a team full of guys backing your every move, a bleacher full of people cheering you on. It’s life. Katie McGarry

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

There’s so few things men can talk about. If a man doesn’t like baseball, then he must like horses, and if he doesn’t like either of them, well, I’m in trouble anyway he don’t like girls. Truman Capote

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

Athletes are born winners, there not born loosers, and the sooner you understand this, the faster you can take on a winning attitude and become sucessful in life. Charles R. Sledge Jr.

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

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

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The bassoon is one of my favorite instruments. It has a medieval aroma, like the days when everything used to sound like that. Some people crave baseball. I find this unfathomable, but I can easily understand why a person could get excited about playing the bassoon. Frank Zappa

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

A ballplayer spends a good piece of his life gripping a baseball, and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around all the time. Jim Bouton

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

A guy that throws what he intends to throw, that’s the definition of a good pitcher. Sandy Koufax

I do what I’ve trained my whole life to do. I watch the ball. I keep my eye on the ball. I never stop watching.

I watch it as it sails past me and lands in the catcher’s mitt, a perfect and glorious strike three. Barry Lyga

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

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He has the body of a professional athlete, chiseled to perfection in all the right places. Collette West

My pitching philosophy is simple keep the ball way from the bat. Satchel Paige.

It’s a round ball and a round bat, and you got to hit it square. Pete Rose

But baseball was different. Schwartz thought of it as Homeric not a scrum but a series of isolated contests. Batter versus pitcher, fielder versus ball. You couldn’t storm around, snorting and slapping people, the way Schwartz did while playing football.You stood and waited and tried to still your mind. When your moment came, you had to be ready, because if you fucked up, everyone would know whose fault it was. What other sport not only kept a stat as cruel as the error but posted it on the scoreboard for everyone to see? Chad Harbach

Little League baseball is a very good thing because it keeps the parents off the streets. Yogi Berra

It was the kind of promise a father makes easily and sincerely, knowing at the same time that it will be impossible to keep. The truth of some promises is not as important as whether or not you can believe in them, with all your heart. A game of baseball can’t really make a summer day last forever. A home run can’t really heal all the broken places in our world, or in a single human heart. And there was no way that Mr. Feld could keep his promise never to leave Ethan again. All parents leave their children one day. Michael Chabon

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Ninety percent of this game is half mental. Yogi Berra

If I had known I was going to live this long, I’d have taken better care of myself! Mickey Mantle

Bob Gibson is the luckiest pitcher I ever saw. He always pitches when the other team doesn’t score any runs. Tim McCarver

If you don’t think too good, don’t think too much. Ted Williams

Beethoven can’t really be great because his picture isn’t on a bubble gum card. Charles Schulz

Self-discipline is a form of freedom. Freedom from laziness and lethargy, freedom from expectations and demands of others, freedom from weakness and fear and doubt. H. A. Dorfman

The way to catch a knuckleball is to wait until the ball stops rolling and then to pick it up. Bob Uecker

We picked the Red Sox because they lose. If you root for something that loses for 86 years, you’re a pretty good fan. You don’t have to win everything to be a fan of something. Jimmy Fallon

The funny thing about these uniforms is that you hang them in the closet, and they get smaller and smaller. Curt Flood

The first and last duty of the lover of the game of baseball, Peavine’s book began, whether in the stands or on the field, is the same as that of the lover of life itself to pay attention to it. When it comes to the position of catcher, as all but fools and shortstops will freely acknowledge, this solemn requirement is doubled. Michael Chabon

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Putting Henry at shortstop it was like taking a painting that had been shoved in a closet and hanging it in the ideal spot. You instantly forgot what the room had looked like before. Chad Harbach

A no hitter is a freaky thing, Tweet said. Most of the greatest pitchers never pitched one. It’s a combination of a lot of little accidents. Duane Decker

I think I throw the ball as hard as anyone. The ball just doesn’t get there as fast. Eddie Bane

I’ve fallen in love with baseball. Nick Jonas

I never blame myself when I’m not hitting. I just blame the bat, and if it keeps up, I change bats. Yogi Berra

I do what I’ve trained my whole life to do. I watch the ball. I keep my eye on the ball. I never stop watching. I watch it as it sails past me and lands in the catcher’s mitt, a perfect and glorious strike three. Barry Lyga

If there are any curses left in baseball, they are all on the north side of Chicago. Tucker Elliot

You know, a lot of people say they didn’t want to die until the Red Sox won the World Series. Well, there could be a lot of busy ambulances tomorrow. Johnny Damon

Ortiz is now synonymous with walk off homers. After all, he hit a total of nine game ending blasts from 2002 07. And that was just in the regular season. It was his blasts in the 2004 postseason that cemented his legacy in Boston. Tucker Elliot

If there was magic in this world, it happened within sight of the three bases and home plate. Wrigley stadium was a field of dreams. Dreams of eternal glory for the men who ran to the outfield, who took their respective bases, and prepared for battle against those who would dare enter their hallowed realm. Dreams for the kids in the stands, all wanting to don a uniform, kiss their mom’s goodbye, and wield their bats as enchanted weapons destined to knock the cover off the ball. Tee Morris

That’s what happens when you’re thirty seven years old you do the things you always did but the result is somehow different. Michael lewis

Baseball was different. Schwartz thought of it as Homeric not a scrum but a series of isolated contests. Batter versus pitcher, fielder versus ball. You couldn’t storm around, snorting and slapping people, the way Schwartz did while playing football.You stood and waited and tried to still your mind. When your moment came, you had to be ready. Chad Harbach

More than any other American sport, baseball creates the magnetic, addictive illusion that it can almost be understood. Thomas Boswell

Ideally, the umpire should combine the integrity of a Supreme Court judge, the physical agility of an acrobat, the endurance of Job and the imperturbability of Buddha. Time Magazine

You never know what’s going to happen. And that’s the fun of it! That’s what baseball’s all about! Keiichi Arawi

That’s why he was here, to surrender himself to longing, to listen to his host recite the anecdotal texts, all the passed down stories of bonehead plays and swirling brawls, the pitching duels that carried into twilight, stories that Marvin had been collecting for half a century the deep eros of memory that separates baseball from other sports. Don DeLillo

You see, you spend a good piece of your life gripping a baseball, and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around all the time. Jim Bouton

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

If you’re wondering what’s wrong with Fenway Park in the first place, you’re not the only one. Fenway is special precisely because it has what modern stadiums lack seats that, while often cramped, offer the best views in baseball; and the sense that, if you squint, that could be Smoky Joe Wood pitching to Ty Cobb out there instead of Jeff Fassero and Bobby Higginson. Neil deMause

Baseball is what we were. Football is what we have become. Mary McGrory

I floated away into that omnipresent timelessness of baseball, where boys with a dream and long expired Major Leaguers orbit forever on equal planes. Greg Larson

Playing baseball for pay home run. Teaching kids to play the game priceless. Jack Perconte

It turned out that life only mattered inasmuch as it could be sectioned off on baseball’s terms. Greg Larson

Baseball is not life. It is a fiction, a metaphor. And a ballplayer is a man who agrees to uphold that metaphor as though lives were at stake. David James Duncan

The bat and the ball only matter because we stepped up to the plate. Craig D. Lounsbrough

On the baseball diamond, if nowhere else, America was truly a classless society. DiMaggio’s grace embodied the democracy of our dreams. David Halberstam

Sometimes, in a tight game with runners on, digging in at short, ready to break with the ball, a peace I’d never felt before would paralyze the diamond. For a moment of eternal stillness, I felt as if I were cocked at the very heart of the Midwest. Stuart Dybek

Baseball really is a glorified game of throw and catch. And if you don’t have guys who throw it really well, you can’t compete for long. Tucker Elliot

Baseball is the only thing I can give you that might be worth something in your lives. Michael Dault

Sandor Boatly had never guessed that, properly played, baseball consisted of mathematics, geometry, art, philosophy, ballet, and carnival, all intertwined like the mystical ribbons of color in a rainbow. W.P. Kinsella

Baseball is a game with a lot of waiting in it; it is a game with increasingly heightened anticipation of increasingly limited action. John Irving