The Proper Attitude for a Starting Pitcher

Batista"The job of a starter is to try to go nine innings every day. I don’t think a good starter is the one that goes out there thinking he’s going to last five. No, you’re supposed to last nine, and if you don’t make it, you’ve got the other guys to pitch in." — Miguel Batista, Arizona Diamondbacks, to Steve Gilbert, MLB.com, May 30, 2006, after Batista pitched a complete game, in which the Snakes beat the Mets 7-2 at Shea.

(Photo by Frank Franklin II/AP).

K.R.

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