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"I know he was a great player and a first-round pick, so I'd have to say he would have been successful, but I marvel at the success he has had this early because that's really difficult to do. But for anybody to come up that early [as Beckham] and have success just speaks a lot about who he is as a person and his character. It's not easy, especially when you fail early as a player on a big stage in Chicago. Obviously, he has come back from that start and is having a great year."

-Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers outfielder
(Chicago Tribune, August 4, 2009)


"He's got a great approach at the plate and can hit the ball all over the field. He can pull it, he can hit it the other way, he hits offspeed and fastballs. He hasn't been playing third base long, from what I understand, but it seems like he's doing a great job there, too. He has a real bright future."

-Derek Jeter, New York Yankees shortstop
(, August 4, 2009)


"He's playing well. I got a chance to talk to him a little bit because he's been on second base the whole series. He can hit, that's the bottom line. You throw him in, he pulls it; you throw him away, he hits it the other way. It looks like he's got some pop. He hasn't been playing third base very long, but he's been doing a good job there, too, so I'm sure he's going to be here for a long time. He got up here pretty quickly, but if you have talent, it's hard to keep you down. He's taking advantage of an opportunity, and he's playing well."

- Derek Jeter, New York Yankees shortstop
(Chicago Sun-Times, August 3, 2009)


"He's going to be a superstar. We couldn't get him out. He's a star in the making, and the White Sox should be proud."

-Johnny Damon, New York Yankees outfielder
(Chicago Sun-Times, August 3, 2009)


"He looks like a wonderful player. Wow, what a natural stroke, nice and compact, just like a young Paul Molitor. I think he's going to be outstanding."

-Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees Third Basemen
('Talkin' Baseball' ESPN Radio, August 1, 2009)


"(Beckham) has the big league player walk, much like Evan Longoria and Chase Utley."

-Peter Gammons, ESPN Hall of Fame Baseball Reporter
(, April 3, 2009)