Quote to note

"I made that mistake. My first year as a manager, we were going to do everything bigger and better than every team out there. Half the pitchers couldn't throw. They were like dragging around their elbows, and I was like, 'Way to go. We showed them.'"
--Francona, on the danger of overworking pitchers in the spring

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