Baseball is one of the most popular team sports in the United States and was first played in 1862.
Here are some of the best inspirational baseball quotes about life by baseball legends:
Mickey Mantle Baseball Quote
Mickey Mantle was a 16-time All Star and 3 time MVP. Regarded as one of the best switch hitters of all time, Mantle hit 536 home runs and was a member of 7 World Series Championship teams with the Yankees.
If I had known I was going to live this long, I'd have taken better care of myself
Babe Ruth is arguably the greatest hitter in baseball history. He belted 714 career home runs, lead the league in home runs 12 times and is the all-time career leader in slugging percentage. Ruth was also a member of 7 World Series Championship teams in his 22 year career.
You just can't beat the person who never gives up
One of the greatest catchers of all time, Berra was a 15-time All Star, 3 time MVP and 10 time World Series Champion in 19 seasons with the Yankees. He hit .285 with 358 career home runs.
Slump? I ain’t in no slump… I just ain’t hitting
Hank Aaron is second on the all-time home run list with 755 and the all-time leader in RBI with 2297. He made 21 All-Star teams in 23 Major League seasons with the Braves and Brewers.
Failure is part of success
Pete Rose holds the Major League record for games played, at-bats and hits during his 24-year career. He was a 17-time All Star, Rookie of the Year winner, MVP and three time World Series Champion.
The only way you can make good at anything is to practice, and then practice some more
Rickey Henderson is the career leader in runs scored and stolen bases. He stole 100 or more bases three times and lead the league in steals 12 times over a 25-year career.
If my uniform doesn't get dirty, I haven't done anything in the baseball game
Derek Jeter played all 20 Major League seasons with the New York Yankees. A 14-time All-Star and 5-time World Series champion, Jeter is sixth in career hits with 3,465.
There may be people that have more talent than you, but there's no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do
David Wright is a 7-time All-Star who has played his entire career with the New York Mets. Hampered by injuries the past few seasons, Wright missed all of 2017 with a shoulder injury which required surgery on September 5.
I take positives out of negatives all the time
Cal Ripken, Jr
The "Iron Man" in baseball, Cal Ripken Jr holds the record for most consecutive games played. He played his entire 21-year career with the Orioles, amassing 431 home runs and 3,184 hits.
When you're in the day-to-day grind, it just seems like it's another step along the way. But I find joy in the actual process, the journey, the work. It's not the end event
Cal Ripken, Jr
Perhaps the greatest closer in Major League Baseball history, Mariano Rivera had a 2.21 ERA and is first in saves with 657. Rivera was a 13-time All-Star and pitched spent his entire 19 year career with the Yankees.
I just try to take away what I can from every situation, to always keep learning. Life is hard. Life is humbling. I do all I can to keep it simple
Known as the “Iron Horse”, Lou Gehrig held the record for most consecutive games played for 56 years before broken by Cal Ripken Jr. Gehrig hit 493 home runs and had a .340 batting average over 17 seasons.
Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth
The Major League career home run leader with 762 and walks with 2,558, Barry Bonds is a 7-time MVP and 14-time All-Star in 22 seasons with the Pirates and Giants.
I never stop looking for things to try and make myself better
One of the best overall hitters in this generation, Albert Pujols has hit 614 home runs and is closing in on 3000 hits. The 3-time MVP has played 17 seasons with the Cardinals and Angels.
I don't think there's anything out there I can be afraid of
Ken Griffey, Jr
Ken Griffey, Jr played 22 seasons in the Major Leagues with the Mariners, Reds and White Sox. Missing considerable time several seasons due to injury, Griffey, Jr still hit 630 home runs. He is a 13-time All-Star and 9-time Gold Glove Award winner.
Talent may get you on the field, but it's effort and attitude that will keep you there
Ken Griffey, Jr
One of the top pitchers in Major League history, Greg Maddux won 355 games with the Braves, Dodgers and Padres over 22 seasons. He is a 4-time Cy Young Award winner and an 18-time Gold Glove Award winner.
I'm not going to play because I can, I'm going to play because I deserve it
A 7-time Cy Young Award winner, Roger Clemens won 354 games and struck out 4672 over a 24-year career. He pitched for the Red Sox, Yankees, Astros and Blue Jays and retired in 2007 at the age of 44.
I think anything is possible if you have the mindset and the will and desire to do it and put the time in
The most dominating starting pitcher in the game today, Clayton Kershaw has a .692 winning percentage and 144 wins in 10 seasons, all with the Dodgers. He won the MVP in 2014 and is a 3-time Cy Young Award winner.
The harder you want to control something the more it gets out of your control
Breaking the color barrier as a 28-year old rookie in 1947, Jackie Robinson played 10 seasons in the Major Leagues with the Brooklyn Dodgers. He was a 6-time All-Star, league MVP and had a career .311 batting average.
A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives
Bryce Harper has hit 150 home runs with a .285 average in 6 Major League seasons for the Washington Nationals. He was Rookie of the Year in 2012, MVP in 2015 and a 5-time All-Star.
You've got to love training and practice. It's the only way to reach your potential
David Ortiz hit 541 home runs over 20 Major League seasons with the Twins and Red Sox. He retired following the 2016 season after leading the league in doubles, RBI and slugging percentage.
All I like to do is work every day and have an idea what I want to do
Alex Rodriguez Baseball Quote
Alex Rodriguez retired in 2016 following a 22-year career in which he hit 696 home runs and knocked in 2086 runs. Rodriguez was a 3-time MVP and played for the Mariners, Rangers and Yankees.
Always follow your dreams, don't let anyone tell you that you can't be something
Andrew McCutchen is an outfielder who has played his entire 9-year career with the Pittsburgh Pirates. A 5-time All Star and league MVP in 2013, McCutchen his hit 203 home runs and stolen 171 bases in his career.
Before I point a finger at anyone, I have to point it at myself first
Yasiel Puig has played his for the Los Angeles Dodgers since 2013. He was an All Star in 2014 and set career highs in home runs and runs batted in this past season.
You have to be more disciplined every day to get better and learn the game
Miguel Cabera is a 2-time MVP and 11-time All Star, who has played 15 Major League Baseball seasons. He has a career .317 batting average with 462 home runs.
I don't want to just be the best player. I want to be a great person, too
At only 26 years old, Mike Trout has won Rookie of the Year and is a 2-time MVP. He has belted 201 home runs, stolen 165 bases and has a career .306 batting average.
I just keep thinking about putting up good numbers, playing hard and winning games.
A key late addition to the Astros in 2017, Justin Verlander went 5-0 with a 1.06 ERA in 5 starts. He was a key component in the team's World Series championship. The 13-year veteran has 188 wins, 2,416 strikeout to go along with a Cy Young Award, Rookie of the Year and MVP.
I don't think anybody's goal is to be mediocre. I think everybody should want to be the best. I've always felt that way. I want to be at the best at everything I do.
Torii Hunter played 19 Major League seasons with the Twins, Angels and Tigers. A 9-time Gold Glove Award winner, Hunter hit 353 home runs and stole 195 bases in his career.
Whether I'm down or whether things are great, I try to stay the same person all the time
In his 13th Major League season in 2017, Ryan Zimmerman set a career high in home runs with 36 and hit over .300 for the first time since 2010. Having played his entire career with the Nationals, Zimmerman 253 home runs and a .280 batting average.
I am going to struggle. That's going to be a big part of my year is how I can handle that and how I respond to that, and am I doing it as well as I can
One of the best overall players of his era, Manny Ramirez hit .312 with 555 home runs over 19 seasons, retiring in 2011. He made 11 Major League Baseball All Star teams and won 8 Silver Slugger Awards.
I don't believe in curses, I think you make your own destination
Matt Holliday is a 14-year Major League veteran who has played for the Cardinals, Rockies, A's and Yankees. A member of 7 All Star teams, Holliday has a career .299 batting average with 314 home runs.
I just go out every day and try to work hard
Dustin Pedroia has played his entire 12-year career with the Boston Red Sox. He is a 3-time World Series champion, MVP and Rookie of the Year Award winner. Perdoia is a career .300 hitter with 394 doubles and 140 home runs.
I don’t like losing at anything. Why should I?
Carlos Beltran has played for 7 teams over a 20-year Major League Baseball career. The Rookie of the Year in 1999, Beltran is a career .279 hitter with 435 home runs and 312 stolen bases.
I know there are a lot of expectations of me, and I will do the best I can
Ichiro Suzuki has over 4,000 hits combined in the Japanese League and the Major Leagues. The 44-year old outfielder has played for the Mariners, Yankees and Marlins. He has 3,080 Major League hits and a .312 batting average.
I wanted the challenge of competing against the best players in the world
Evan Longoria is the third baseman for the Tampa Bay Rays. In 10 Major League seasons, he has a .270 batting average with 338 doubles and 261 home runs. Longoria is a 3-time Gold Glove Award winner and Rookie of the Year in 2008.
I like to set realistic goals for myself, not outrageous ones
Johan Santana is a 2-time Cy Young Award winner who won 139 games over 12 Major League seasons. He made 4 All-Star teams and pitched for the Twins and Mets from 2000 through 2012.
It doesn't matter how long you have been up here. You have to prove you can do the job. And you have to work hard
A 13-year Major League veteran pitcher, Felix Hernandez missed much of 2017 due to injury. The Cy Young Award winner in 2010 is a 6-time All Star and has 160 career wins and 2,342 strikeouts.
I do work hard ... but I could work harder
Cliff Lee won 143 Major League Baseball games with the Indians and Phillies over a 13-year career. He won the Cy Young Award in 2008 and was an All Star 4 times, retiring in 2014.
If you want to be good at baseball, play baseball ... Get rid of the Nintendo
Mark Teixeira hit 409 home runs over a 14-year career with the Yankees, Rangers, Braves and Angels. He also made 3 All Star teams and is a 5-time Gold Glove Award winner.
Education is important to me, as is helping children
Tim Lincecum won back to back Cy Young Awards in 2008 and 2009. His last good Major League Baseball season was in 2011. Out of baseball last year, Lincecum pitched to an ERA of 9.16 in 9 starts for the Angels in 2016. He has 110 career wins and 1,736 strikeouts.
Since baseball is my favorite sport, it's easy to go out and do what I do
CC Sabathia has pitched for the Yankees, Indians and Brewers over a 17-year Major League career. He won the Cy Young Award in 2007 and has 237 career wins and 2,846 strikeouts.
When times get rough, keep your head up
Joe Mauer is a 3-time batting champion who has played his entire 14-year career with the Twins. He hit .305 in 2017 and has a career batting average of .308 with 401 doubles and
I always said I wanted to be the best at what I could do. I feel like I can improve
Josh Hamilton played 9 Major League seasons from 2007 through 2015 with the Reds, Angels and Rangers. He was MVP in 2010 and hit .290 with 200 home runs in his career.
The key is staying humble about everything that happens, whatever it may be, and keeping those priorities in order
Motivational Baseball Quotes
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