Potent quotables: Big-Z "done" after contract

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“After this contract, I’m done. I’m
serious. I don’t want to play. I want to help this team, I want to do
everything possible to win with this team, but after five years or four
years, or whatever I have left on my contract, I just don’t want to
play.”

– Carlos Zambrano, after being asked by reporters if he thought he had a shot at 300 wins. Just a reminder that the Z-Man is notorious for saying things one day and forgetting them the next.

“I think it shows zero class and zero
professionalism. When somebody says that, they know what they’re
saying, and they know it’s going to get out. He knows we’re not going
to be real happy about it. If you go and say that to your buddies, it’s
one thing. If you go to the media and make that public for us to hear?
Yeah, that’s no class.”

– Adam LaRoche, the self-appointed team leader, reacting to what Carlos Beltran had to say
after the Mets got swept in Pittsburgh this week. Should we expect
fireworks a couple days early when the teams meet again on July 2?

“We’ll see how it goes the next couple of days.”

– Bruce Bochy comments on the debate of who should bat cleanup
for the Giants. With a .306 batting average, .822 OPS and the
difference-making two-run homer against the Marlins on Friday night,
Pablo Sandoval is threatening to take the spot in the order from the
scuffling Bengie Molina.

“I just missed it. I’ve got nothing more to say.”

– Pedro Feliz, who uncharacteristically booted a groundball
with two outs in the ninth inning against the Dodgers on Friday night.
The error opened the door for a game-winning RBI double by Andre
Ethier.

“We’ve been trying to watch his pitch
count. I’m sure he would have liked to have a complete-game shutout but
we’re trying to take it easy on him a little bit.”

– Ken Macha on Yovani Gallardo’s two-hit, eight-inning effort
against the Braves on Friday night. He was yanked after throwing 110
pitches. Gallardo moved to 6-2 with the victory, and has compiled a
sterling 2.84 ERA and 1.08 WHIP in 73 innings this season.

Braves sign former football player Sanders Commings

GLENDALE, AZ - AUGUST 15:  Cornerback Sanders Commings #26 of the Kansas City Chiefs on the sidelines during the pre-season NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on August 15, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The Braves have signed former football player and current outfielder Sanders Commings, an Augusta, Georgia native, to a minor league contract, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.

Commings, 26, was a defensive back who played for the University of Georgia before being selected by the Chiefs in the fifth round of the 2013 draft. He appeared in two games in the 2013 season.

Commings also played baseball for Westside High School and was selected by the Diamondbacks in the 37th round of the 2008 draft. He chose to attend the University of Georgia instead. When football didn’t pan out, Commings started training with Jerry Hairston, Jr. Hairston said he was “blown away” when he saw Commings hit for the first time.

Obviously, Commings’ path to success as a professional baseball player will be long, but it’s a no-risk flier for the Braves. The club has past experience with football players, including Deion Sanders and Brian Jordan.

The next task for the Braves will be to acquire Ryan Goins from the Blue Jays. That way, players will look at the lineup card each day to see if it’s Commings or Goins.

Justin Verlander: “I’d like to see the AL and NL have the same rules… I vote NL rules.”

SEATTLE, WA - AUGUST 10:  Starting pitcher Justin Verlander #35 of the Detroit Tigers pitches against the Seattle Mariners in the first inning at Safeco Field on August 10, 2016 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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On Thursday afternoon, Rays pitcher Chris Archer asked his Twitter followers, “Lots swirling around what needs to be changed about the game of baseball. What do y’all want to see changed, if anything, & why?”

Tigers ace Justin Verlander responded:

To that, Archer said:

For what it’s worth, Verlander hasn’t been much of a hitter. In 47 career plate appearances, he has three singles and no extra-base hits. And if the AL did get rid of the DH rule, the Tigers would have nowhere to put Victor Martinez. Verlander, though, would have an easier time pitching to opposing pitchers rather than their DH’s.