Wings won't fly Kirk still hopes to land Triple-A team


June 15, 1994|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Sun Staff Writer

Peter Kirk's master plan remains intact, though it no longer includes the possibility of landing the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings.

Rochester has cleared all the hurdles in its quest for a $37 million downtown stadium, meaning the team will stay in upstate New York.

Had the effort failed, Kirk was ready to make a strong bid for the franchise and, if successful, locate it in Bowie as part of his plan to situate all upper-level teams in the Orioles' farm system within Maryland.

"That doesn't affect us at all," said Kirk, who will realize one dream tomorrow night when the Double-A Eastern League Bowie Baysox open play at Prince George's County Stadium. "In time, we expect to get a Triple-A team. We didn't expect it to be Rochester. We have been a real supporter of keeping baseball there. The Orioles' long relationship with Rochester has been good for both of them."

Kirk's group, Maryland Baseball Limited Partnership Inc., was one of the finalists in the last Triple-A expansion two years ago (Ottawa and Charlotte, N.C., won out).

He still hopes to add a Triple-A team to the combine but currently is preoccupied with Bowie and soon will be directing much of his attention to the building of a stadium in Salisbury, which will begin operating at the Single-A level next season.

"The dream is still there," Kirk said. "Clubs and affiliations do change, and other franchises may become available. We've never set a timetable. We'll just keep plugging away."

Krivda: What about me?

At least one pitcher in the organization was not overjoyed when Bowie's Scott Klingenbeck received a spot start for the Orioles on June 2.

After mesmerizing the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons on two hits for 8 1/3 innings in a 4-0 victory last week, Rochester left-hander Rick Krivda vented his anger about the situation.

"That [the call-up] really lit a fire under me," Krivda said. "I thought that's why you were put on the 40-man roster."

Krivda, who won his first seven decisions at Triple-A before running into a fallow period, is on the 40-man roster; Klingenbeck is not.

"[Rochester manager Bob] Miscik always told me you need three things to get to the majors," Krivda said. "One, play hard, two, have a spot open, and three, they have to want you. I guess they don't want me."

Krivda is 39-15 since signing as the Orioles' 23rd draft choice in 1991. He struck out 11 the night of his sound-off, an International League season high.

This and that

Rochester's Kevin McGehee, who was placed on waivers to enable Klingenbeck to be recalled, couldn't be as upset about being passed over for promotion. "At first I was angry," said McGehee, also a member of the 40-man roster. "Then I looked at the numbers and I would have put me on waivers." He is 1-5 with a 5.53 ERA but pitched the first nine-inning complete game by a Red Wing in a 5-0 three-hit win over the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons after clearing waivers. . . . Miscik said that in his four years as an Orioles minor-league manager his "most pleasurable experience" has been sending eight-year minor-leaguer Bruce Dostal to the majors last week. Dostal was sent back down yesterday. . . . Arthur Rhodes has two complete games since being optioned to the Red Wings and is 3-1 with a 3.99 ERA. He has 34 strikeouts in 29 1/3 innings. . . . Paul Carey's return from a fractured wrist has been delayed by slow bat speed. He may start his comeback at Frederick or Bowie, not Rochester. . . Tracy Woodson, back after missing 10 games with a hamstring injury, was the second Red Wing to pull the hidden-ball trick this season. He victimized the Charlotte Knights' Brian Giles. . . . Mark Smith started just 6-for-34 on his return to the Red Wings. . . . When Klingenbeck rejoined the Baysox in Portland, Maine, he had had no sleep because of fire alarms sounding in the Orioles' Boston hotel the night before. He also had no glove, no shirt and no pants and had to borrow from fellow pitchers. Still, he pitched a complete-game five-hitter, losing, 2-1. . . . Bowie third baseman Scott McClain was the Eastern League Player of the Week after batting .542 with 10 RBIs. Teammate Armando Benitez, who struck out seven in two straight relief stints, was the Pitcher of the Week. . . . The Albany Polecats' Matt Anderson is fourth in the Single-A South Atlantic League in ERA (2.41). . . . Pitcher Kendricks Singleton, who was at extended spring training, was released.

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