"William Grady Little" is a former manager in Major League Baseball, currently working in the front office of the Pittsburgh Pirates. He managed the Boston Red Sox from 2002 to 2003 and the Los Angeles Dodgers from 2006 to 2007. He was inducted into the Kinston, North Carolina/Kinston, North Carolina, List of Kinston baseball people#Kinston Professional Baseball Hall of Fame/Professional Baseball Hall of Fame in 2001. He was also inducted into the Municipal Stadium (Hagerstown)/Hagerstown Suns Hall of Fame on April 13, 2009.

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I think the man is getting himself geared up for a great season. He's getting the focus he needs. The talent has always been there.

You have to be real careful with legs. When they tell me he's ready, I give it three or four more days.

It's sticky. There are very few people who think he can't help our club, but is it the best thing for him? He's done a great job adjusting to the outfield, making all the plays, and I'm confident he can do other things defensively, like shortstop and first and third base. In left field, he looks like Dave Winfield.

I asked myself, if we opened the season with Atlanta and had 3-2 games every day, will this man be ready to do that, pitch in the ninth inning? In my mind, I say yes, he will. I could see him doing that.

You look in the dictionary under 'old pro' and you'll see his picture. He knows how to play the game of baseball. He's been doing it good for a long time. He wouldn't get out there until he was fully ready. He's a pleasure to have around.

We definitely have some tough decisions to make.

He's done nothing around here to turn a person off -- in the clubhouse or on the mound. He's productive. You can't help but like everything he does. He doesn't wow you with his stuff. All he does is get people out.

He can be a bull out there. You see a kid getting better as Spring Training goes along.

You know it's going to happen sooner or later. Tonight, it happened.