Competition has Bosman excited Happy with battle for fifth starter

Orioles notebook

February 21, 1993|By Peter Schmuck | Peter Schmuck,Staff Writer

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Pitching coach Dick Bosman can't believe people are predicting that this will be a boring spring training camp. He's already getting excited.

"I'm happy with the competition we have this spring," he said, referring to the crowd of candidates for the fifth starter role. "We've got a lot of people here to look at. I don't think it will be boring at all."

Bosman also is upbeat about the progress being made by Mark Williamson and Jim Poole, both of whom missed most of last season with arm problems.

Williamson could be a candidate for the fifth starter role if his arm can hold up to the rigors of irregular work. He underwent surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow last year, but Bosman doesn't think that will prevent him from competing for the job.

"His arm operation didn't do a lot of structural damage," Bosman said. "They pulled a couple of chips out of there. They didn't have to do a lot of digging. His rehab went very well."

Poole lost his place in the Orioles bullpen when he came into camp last year with a sore shoulder. He ended up spending most of the season at Rochester before returning to pitch well in September. He threw very well during off-season workouts and should be back in the bullpen this year.

"The work he put in is paying off," Bosman said. "He looks real good."

Froh's first title

Reliever Todd Frohwirth got some great news yesterday. The junior varsity basketball team that he coaches at Marquette High School in Milwaukee won the league championship with a lopsided victory Friday night.

Frohwirth, who coaches the team and donates his salary to the school's athletic programs, was not able to be there for the championship game, but his coaching acumen is not in question. The team went 19-2 in his first year at the helm. He also coached a seventh-grade boys team that was set to compete for its league championship yesterday.

Bad haircut

Frohwirth easily gets the nod for the worst haircut in camp. He allowed his sister-in-law to cut his hair and ended up with a strange-looking buzz cut that would have been more at home in boot camp than spring training camp.

"It used to take 40 minutes to get my hair cut," Frohwirth said, "so I asked her to speed it up. This is what happened. I think it looks good. It allows you to see more of my handsome face."

Mini-camp to open

The Orioles are getting ready to open their first spring mini-camp, which will allow selected minor-league prospects to report to spring training camp early for instructional workouts. The mini-camp is intended to replace the instructional league team the club used to assemble in October.

"We've found in recent years that we're having more trouble getting players to go to the instructional league," general manager Roland Hemond said. "This year, we're going to try this method to see if it accelerates the progress of these

players."

Training site blues

The club appears to be no closer to settling into a permanent spring training site, but the two-site setup that the Orioles have -- used this year and last has not drawn any serious complaints.

"We can only judge from last year," Hemond said, "but everything went well. Two years ago [when the Orioles had no home stadium] was bad, but last year worked out very well. We had a good spring and we opened the season in good shape."

Nevertheless, the Orioles still are hopeful that some Florida city will see fit to offer them a permanent site that includes a stadium and practice facility.

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