Key quotes Sunday as baseball owners accepted the union's offer to play without an agreement:

``Anyone who has gone through this eight-month experience will let it serve as a poignant reminder that we have a responsibility to make sure it will never happen again, certainly in our lifetime. ... The clubs hope that the 1995 season _ including the postseason _ will be played without interruption. We hope our fans never again have to go through the heartache we've endured the last eight months.'' _ Acting commissioner Bud Selig after a 4 1/2-hour owners' meeting Sunday in Chicago.

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``If they had voted for a lockout, it would have been a clear indication they didn't want peace _ at any price.'' _ Union head Donald Fehr in response to owners' decision not to even hold a lockout vote.

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``Today's decision is good news for the game of baseball, its fans and the local economies of the cities where baseball is played. While I am heartened to know this season will start with major league players, there are a number of underlying issues which still need to get resolved.'' _ President Clinton from a golf course in Little Rock, Ark.

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``The owners got a high fastball under the chin and their knees buckled. That's about the way I feel about it.'' _ Billy Faultz, a replacement pitcher with the Cincinnati Reds, who like most other replacements missed out on a $25,000 bonus since they were released from their contracts.

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``We still got to have a deal. The best one is a negotiated deal. We hope we can rebuild credibility with our fans and put this behind us.'' _ Colorado Rockies owner Jerry McMorris.

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``I've been like a little kid in a candy store. I've got a lot of great memories. I learned a lot about baseball, a lot about life and a lot about taking advantage of every opportunity.'' _ California Angels replacement pitcher Tony Fetchel.

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``These kids have more heart and integrity than those money grubbers. At the end of a game, have you ever seen the Dodgers come out on the field and tip their caps like that?'' _ Jack Rockaway, a Dodgers season ticket-holder for the past 17 years, after replacement Angels and Dodgers tipped their caps and waved to the crowd of 25,577 at Dodger Stadium on Saturday.

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``I'd like to videotape one of these games and show our regular players what it was like when they used to want to play.'' _ Oakland Athletics manager Tony La Russa.