Herzog as manager of the Cardinals in 1987
|Outfielder / Manager|
November 9, 1931 |
New Athens, Illinois
You sweat out the free agent thing in November then you make the trades in December. Then you struggle to sign the guys left in January and in February I get down to sewing all the new numbers on the uniforms.
The only way to make money as a manager is to win in one place, get fired and hired somewhere else.
What counts aren't the number of double plays, but the ones you should have had and missed.
The only thing bad about winning the pennant is that you have to manage the All-Star Game the next year. I'd rather go fishing for three days.
I'm not buddy-buddy with the players. If they need a buddy, let them buy a dog.
We need just two players to be a contender. Just Babe Ruth and Sandy Koufax.
The rules are changed now, there's not any way to build a team today. It's just how much money you want to spend. You could be the world champions and somebody else makes a key acquisition or two and you're through.
Some people asked me if I would be interested in managing the A's. I said a definite no thank you. At night, that place is a graveyard with lights.