130 Baseball Quotes to Inspire Grit & Teamwork

Whether or not you’re a fan, these baseball quotes will get your head back into the game.

Baseball is one of the most iconic sports in history, and it’s even the national sport of America. Whenever there’s a baseball game in your town or state, it’s sure to draw a huge crowd.

However, aside from all the excitement and thrill that baseball brings, we can also learn so much more from it. So, what are you waiting for?

Baseball Quotes to Inspire Grit & Teamwork

Join us as we take you through some of the best baseball quotes you’ll surely enjoy!

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Best Baseball Quotes

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

2. “Baseball is 90% mental and the other half is physical.” – Yogi Berra

3. “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.” – Bob Feller

4. “There are three types of baseball players—those who make it happen, those who watch it happen, and those who wonder what happens.” – Tommy Lasorda

5. “Baseball isn’t just a game. It’s life being played out on a field—a field of dreams—on diamonds of green, where players pursuing their dreams try to be the best they can be on the grandest stage of all—where men become boys and boys become men, all speaking one universal language without uttering a single word.” – Tom Tatum

6. “Life is like a baseball game. When you think a fastball is coming, you gotta be ready to hit the curve.” – Jaja Q

7. “In order to excel, you must be completely dedicated to your chosen sport. You must also be prepared to work hard and be willing to accept constructive criticism. Without 100% dedication, you won’t be able to do this.” – Willie Mays

8. “Baseball is about talent, hard work, and strategy. But at the deepest level, it’s about love, integrity, and respect.” – Pat Gillick

9. “There are only five things you can do in baseball: run, throw, catch, hit, and hit with power.” – Leo Durocher

10. “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

11. “Baseball is more than a game to me, it’s a religion.” – Bill Klem

12. “There are three things you can do in a baseball game. You can win, or you can lose, or it can rain.” – Casey Stengel

13. “Baseball is a game of inches.” – Branch Rickey

14. “This is a great thing that’s happening in baseball. We don’t know if it will ever happen again.” – Mark McGwire

15. “The great thing about baseball is there’s a crisis every day.” – Gabe Paul

Famous Baseball Quotes

16. “Baseball gives a growing boy self-poise and self-reliance. Baseball is a man maker.” – Al Spalding

17. “Baseball is one of the most beautiful games. It is. It is a very Zen-like game.” – Jim Jarmusch

18. “Baseball is a universe as large as life itself, and therefore all things in life, whether good or bad, whether tragic or comic, fall within its domain.” – Paul Auster

19. “One of the beautiful things about baseball is that every once in a while you come into a situation where you want to, and where you have to, reach down and prove something.” – Nolan Ryan

20. “There is no room in baseball for discrimination. It is our national pastime and a game for all.” – Lou Gehrig

21. “Baseball is like church. Many attend, few understand.” – Leo Durocher

22. “The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt, and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game—it’s a part of our past, Ray. It reminds us of all that once was good and that could be again.” – James Earl Jones

23. “You can’t get real happy or real depressed when you play baseball. Baseball is a great sport in that it offers a player a lot of opportunities for atonement.” – Mike Piazza

Inspirational Baseball Quotes

24. “No game in the world is as tidy and dramatically neat as baseball, with cause and effect, crime and punishment, motive and result, so cleanly defined.” – Paul Gallico

25. “Baseball is more than a game. It’s like life played out on a field.” – Juliana Hatfield

26. “When I was coming up, I just wanted to play baseball and I’m doing what I love to do most. How can I feel pressure doing what I love to do?” – Miguel Cabrera

27. “In this game of baseball, you live by the sword and die by it. You hit and get hit. Remember that.” – Alvin Dark

28. “I want to be remembered as a ballplayer who gave all he had to give.” – Roberto Clemente

29. “I didn’t understand anything about playing baseball. I started playing, and it was enjoyable. Most of my life, I played with older people on my team, in my league. I learned a lot about life. Every day in my life, I learned something new from somebody.” – Ernie Banks

30. “I owe baseball. Baseball don’t owe me a damn thing.” – Pete Rose

31. “It was all I lived for, to play baseball.” – Mickey Mantle

32. “I see great things in baseball. It’s our game—the American game. It will repair our losses and be a blessing to us all.” – Walt Whitman

33. “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

Wise Baseball Quotes Packed With Insights About Life

34. “To me, baseball has always been a reflection of life. Like life, it adjusts. It survives everything.” – Willie Stargell

35. “In baseball, democracy shines its clearest. The only race that matters is the race to the bag. The creed is the rule book. And color, merely something to distinguish one team’s uniform from another’s.” – Ernie Harwell

36. “Baseball gives every American boy a chance to excel, not just to be as good as someone else but to be better than someone else. This is the nature of man and the name of the game.” – Ted Williams

37. “In baseball, there’s always the next day.” – Ryne Sandberg

38. “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

39. “Doctors tell me I have the body of a 30-year-old. I know I have the brain of a 15-year-old. If you’ve got both, you can play baseball.” – Pete Rose

40. “If you have a bad day in baseball, and start thinking about it, you will have 10 more.” – Sammy Sosa

41. “The way I figured it, I was even with baseball and baseball with me. The game had done much for me, and I had done much for it.” – Jackie Robinson

Motivational Baseball Quotes That’ll Push You to Do Your Best

42. “I think about baseball when I wake up in the morning. I think about it all day and I dream about it at night. The only time I don’t think about it is when I’m playing it.” – Carl Yastrzemski

43. “Do what you love to do and give it your very best. Whether it’s business or baseball, or the theater, or any field. If you don’t love what you’re doing and you can’t give it your best, get out of it. Life is too short. You’ll be an old man before you know it.” – Al Lopez

44. “The more you play baseball, the less depends on your athletic ability. It’s a mental war more than anything.” – Alex Rodriguez

45. “Baseball life is a tough life on the family.” – Nolan Ryan

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

47. “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. You can only challenge it.” – Lou Brock

48. “When baseball is no longer fun, it’s no longer a game.” – Joe DiMaggio

49. “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

50. “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

51. “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

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

53. “Work like you don’t need the money. Love like you’ve never been hurt. Dance like nobody’s watching.” – Satchel Paige

54. “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

55. “I’ve found in life the more you practice, the better you get.” – Ted Williams

Baseball Quotes on the Beauty of the Game and What It Means to People

56. “That’s one of the great gifts of this, the greatest of all games, baseball: it allows you, still, to lose yourself in a dream, to feel and remember a season of life when summer never seemed to die and the assault of cynicism hadn’t begun to batter optimism.” – Mike Barnicle

57. “Baseball is like a poker game. Nobody wants to quit when he’s losing; nobody wants you to quit when you’re ahead.” – Jackie Robinson

58. “A baseball game is simply a nervous breakdown divided into nine innings.” – Earl Wilson

59. “In baseball, you can’t kill the clock. You’ve got to give the other man his chance. That’s why this is the greatest game.” – Earl Weaver

60. “I’ve always wanted to be the best in the world as a baseball player, so when I started to think about opening a business, it was with that mindset.” – Curt Schilling

61. “Back in my day, we didn’t think about money as much. We enjoyed playing the game. We loved baseball. I didn’t think about anybody else but the Cardinals.” – Stan Musial

62. “I was born to play baseball.” – Roberto Clemente

63. “The key to winning baseball games is pitching, fundamentals, and three-run homers.” – Earl Weaver

64. “What you have to remember is that baseball isn’t a week or a month but a season—and a season is a long time.” – Chuck Tanner

65. “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

66. “Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.” – Babe Ruth

67. “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

68. “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

69. “With baseball, it’s simple. There’s no mystery to what happens on the field because everything has a label—full count, earned run, perfect game— and there’s a certain amount of comfort in this terminology. There’s no room for confusion.” – Jennifer E. Smith

Baseball Quotes on Teamwork

70. “Baseball is not a sport you can achieve individually.” – Curt Schilling

71. “No baseball pitcher would be worth a darn without a catcher who could handle the hot fastball.” – Casey Stengel

72. “Baseball is a team game but, at the same time, it’s a very lonely game: unlike in soccer or basketball, where players roam around, in baseball, everyone has their little plot of the field to tend. When the action comes to you, the spotlight is on you but no one can help you.” – Chad Harbach

73. “I’m going to do my best to help the team play hard and help the team win. I’m just coming to play baseball.” – Asdrubal Cabrera

74. “Baseball is a team sport played by individuals for themselves.” – Joe Torre

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Quotes That Show Much One Can Be Obsessed With Baseball

75. “The only thing I can do is play baseball. I have to play ball. It’s the only thing I know.” – Mickey Mantle

76. “I’m a guy who just wanted to see his name in the lineup every day. To me, baseball was a passion to the point of obsession.” – Brooks Robinson

77. “I chose baseball because to me baseball is the best game of all.” – Dave Winfield

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

79. “Well, baseball was my whole life. Nothing’s ever been as fun as baseball.” – Mickey Mantle

80. “In baseball, my theory is to strive for consistency, not to worry about the numbers. If you dwell on statistics you get shortsighted, if you aim for consistency, the numbers will be there at the end.” – Tom Seaver

81. “I love baseball. The game allowed me the influence to impact kids in a positive way. This gives me a chance to talk to some social issues.” – Cal Ripken, Jr.

82. “I love to play baseball. I’m a baseball player. I’ve always been a baseball player. I’m still a baseball player. That’s who I am.” – Ryne Sandberg

Short but Meaningful Baseball Quotes

83. “Hustle is just playing the game right.” – Jimmy Rollins

84. “Baseball is a universal language. Catch the ball, throw the ball, hit the ball.” – Pete Rose

85. “Pitching is the art of instilling fear.” – Sandy Koufax

86. “Baseball is almost the only orderly thing in a very unorderly world.” – Bill Veeck

87. “My motto was always to keep swinging.” – Hank Aaron

88. “The best pitchers have a short-term memory and a bulletproof confidence.” – Greg Maddux

89. “Don’t try to be a hero. Try to be a winner.” – George Brett

90. “Slumps are like a soft bed. They’re easy to get into and hard to get out of.” – Johnny Bench

91. “I’d walk through hell in a gasoline suit to play baseball.” – Pete Rose

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

93. “My pitching philosophy is simple—keep the ball away from the bat.” – Satchel Paige

94. “Defense to me is the key to playing baseball.” – Willie Mays

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

96. “Yesterday’s home runs don’t win today’s games.” – Babe Ruth

Profound Baseball Quotes

97. “To succeed in baseball, as in life, you must make adjustments.” – Ken Griffey Jr.

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

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

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

101. “All ballplayers should quit when it starts to feel as if all the baselines run uphill.” – Babe Ruth

Funny Baseball Quotes That Will Have You Laughing

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

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

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

105. “Trying to sneak a pitch past Hank Aaron is like trying to sneak the sunrise past a rooster.” – Joe Adcock

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

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

108. “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

109. “It took me 17 years to get 3,000 hits in baseball. It took one afternoon on the golf course.” – Hank Aaron

110. “I watch a lot of baseball on radio.” – Gerald Ford

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

Quotes From Well-Known Baseball Personalities

112. “The game of baseball isn’t over until it’s over.” – Yogi Berra

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

114. “Never allow the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.” – Babe Ruth

115. “I could have played baseball another year, but I would have been playing for the money, and baseball deserves better than that.” – George Brett

116. “Baseball was 100% of my life.” – Ty Cobb

Great Baseball Quotes You’ll Love

117. “No matter what I talk about, I always get back to baseball.” – Connie Mack

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

119. “Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed 3 times out of 10 and be considered a good performer.” – Ted Williams

120. “I can honestly say it took two full years for me to get over the fact that I was no longer a baseball player.” – Nolan Ryan

121. “I always dreamed of making it in baseball, but life has moved pretty quickly for me.” – Mike Trout

122. “Baseball can be slow in many ways. The action starts with when the pitcher delivers the ball. But the action really starts when the crack of the bat happens.” – Cal Ripken, Jr.

123. “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

124. “Your job as a baseball player is to come to the park ready to play every day, and the manager, it’s his job to make those decisions about who plays.” – Cal Ripken, Jr.

125. “The first and last duty of the lover of the game of baseball, 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

More Baseball Quotes From Popular Movies

126. “It’s hard not to be romantic about baseball. This kind of thing, it’s fun for the fans. It sells tickets and hot dogs. Doesn’t mean anything.” – Moneyball

127. “How can you not be romantic about baseball?” – Moneyball

128. “Man, this is baseball. You gotta stop thinking. Just have fun. I mean, if you were having fun you would’ve caught that ball.” – The Sandlot

129. “​​Hey, Dad. You wanna have a catch?” – Field of Dreams

130. “I believe in the Church of Baseball. I’ve tried all the major religions and most of the minor ones. But bad trades are part of baseball—now who can forget Frank Robinson for Milt Pappas, for God’s sake? It’s a long season and you gotta trust it. I’ve tried ’em all, I really have, and the only church that truly feeds the soul, day in, day out, is the Church of Baseball.” – Bull Durham

What Significance Does Baseball Hold for You?

Like any other sport, baseball requires tremendous effort, sacrifice, perseverance, and grit. After all, nothing ever comes easy when you’re trying to succeed.

This sport embodies many different values one has to have—both in sports and life—to attain one’s goals. Baseball teaches us the importance of trying and trying again, and learning from whatever mistake we make.

As with life, everything on the road to success is complex, and there will be numerous instances when life gets us down. But with our family and friends—our teammates—as well as with our hard work, we’re sure to overcome any curveball. We hope the quotes in this collection were able to motivate you to be resilient and never stop trying.

What lessons did you learn from this collection of baseball quotes? Do you have a favorite baseball player? We’d love to hear your thoughts, so comment down below!


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