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 Tim Purpura - “It's kind of an oddity, obviously. It's part of the whole process and nothing nobody is going to get too upset about. He's playing for his country, but we know his heart lies with us.”
 Tim Purpura - “He and I had a conversation in January, when we had some workouts going on. I said, 'You're going to play, and get a chance to play every day here.' We just had a conversation and he told me that made him feel so good.”
 Tim Purpura - “I'm certainly very hopeful we can get something done. I'd say we're edging close to (a deal), but nothing is done yet. It will take at least another conversation or two.”
 Tim Purpura - “His last two starts have been much better, ... His velocity (Thursday), he topped out at 89 (mph) and he averaged 88. His control is much better. ... He's throwing a little bit freer and easier and he's gotten a little bit more out of his arm. Certainly, if he's throwing 88, 89 from the left side he would be able to compete (in the majors).”
 Tim Purpura - “His last two starts have been much better. His velocity (Thursday), he topped out at 89 (mph) and he averaged 88. His control is much better. ... He's throwing a little bit freer and easier and he's gotten a little bit more out of his arm. Certainly, if he's throwing 88, 89 from the left side he would be able to compete (in the majors).”
 Tim Purpura - “We have a personal services contract with him. If he wanted to do that, that's something we'd have to run by the commissioner's office. Other clubs could have an issue with it.”
 Tim Purpura - “Organizations like ours, like Atlanta, like the Cardinals, there are similarities to winning organizations, ... You have that focus that it's about winning, only winning. You have to have higher expectations than other people. And sometimes, you have to flush guys out of your system that might not buy into it, that might put their stats first, rather than winning. In those types of organizations, guys like that don't last, and they kind of self-select themselves out, and you end up being able to win on a consistent basis because you keep the guys who buy into that.”
 Tim Purpura - “We have to be more consistent offensively,”
 Tim Purpura - “I think that gives us a lot of confidence,”
 Tim Purpura - “It's in recognition of a tremendous performance by him and our team. It shows we have a great confidence in Phil.”
 Tim Purpura - “We've seen real progress, both in terms of his confidence and his location. He's got a bright future.”
 Tim Purpura - “Our clubhouse is 27 feet below street level. It's a big concern.”
 Tim Purpura - “He always had to have competition that was challenging him,”
 Tim Purpura - “What we're going to do is use spring training as sort of a feeling-out process for Phil and Preston and our other outfielders. It gives us a lot of comfort to know that you've got a pure center fielder like Preston. But he's also so athletic, he can come in and play either corner and we'll feel very comfortable with it.”
 Tim Purpura - “You close the roof, you get a lot of continuity with the conditions. You don't have issues that come up that could affect you. There's a comfort level that our players have. We play with it closed most of the time, anyway. Players are creatures of habit -- you don't want to start changing things dramatically once you get in the playoffs.”
 Tim Purpura - “In four seasons, he had only 100 innings pitched. From our point of view, four years and you're not in the big leagues, and you came from a good college program Notre Dame, time begins slipping away.”
 Tim Purpura - “In four seasons, he had only 100 innings pitched, ... From our point of view, four years and you're not in the big leagues, and you came from a good college program Notre Dame, time begins slipping away.”
 Tim Purpura - “I think it's certainly been a philosophy of our organization to draft primarily college players. So far, we're doing OK.”
 Tim Purpura - “You can't force a guy to stay there. But also, you want to try to do what's in the best interests of the club. You need a guy who can hit the ball out of the ballpark, not necessarily a guy who can hit a single. But it's a tough deal, being in the Minor Leagues, facing young guys that are out to get you.”
 Tim Purpura - “We've given Roger the freedom to have the opportunity to be with his family, and travel apart form the club. That's something that, from what I understand, other clubs are not offering and we are.”
 Tim Purpura - “You have to have parameters you're comfortable working with. We have those parameters. We know where we feel we can take our budget, beyond what it is already and do what we need to do to still sustain the club and not put ourselves too much into a financial hole.”
 Tim Purpura - “Considering that it's been since the 12th game of the franchise this is a pretty amazing event. Forty-four years is a long time, but just look where we have come from in the last 12 or 13 years. Since Drayton (McLane) owned the club we have just continued to pump out winning seasons and that's why we've made up so much of the ground.”
 Tim Purpura - “I am relieved, but I was ready to make that decision. I don't disagree that Willy deserved to be on the club for what he did. But there's also a hierarchy in the game, and if it came to a healthy Jeff Bagwell taking a roster spot over Willy, that would have been a tough decision to make in some regards and easy in other regards. Jeff, being the veteran, would get my vote.”
 Tim Purpura - “Preston is a proven run producer who will make an immediate impact for our club.”
 Tim Purpura - “We've been in the process of talking to other clubs. Just because the holidays are here, we're going to try to keep working to improve this club, but we have to do it in a way where we're not going to mortgage our future and hurt ourselves long-term.”

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