MLB quotes: What they’re saying around the majors

Giancarlo Stanton

Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton steps into the dugout after hitting a two-run home run in the first inning against the Mets on April 16 at Citi Field.

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“The fire is not there.”

Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins outfielder, on the team after its 3-8 start. Stanton is 11 games into a $325-million contract with the Marlins; he cannot opt out until 2020.

“There is crying in baseball.”

Mike Bryant, father of Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant, before his son’s major league debut Friday. The uber-hyped Kris Bryant, who hit nine home runs in 14 games this spring, struck out in each of his first three at-bats Friday and was 0 for 4.


“I don’t think anyone knew what to expect, including myself.”

Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees designated hitter, after hitting two home runs Friday. The 39-year-old Rodriguez has four home runs and a 1.214 OPS, ranking just ahead of Miguel Cabrera, after serving a suspension last season for violating baseball’s drug policy.