The Waiting Game

March 02, 1995|By Buster Olney

Brady Anderson

What he would be doing if there were no strike: Anderson, 31, would be preparing for another season as the Orioles' regular left fielder, and perhaps for a new spot in the batting order. New manager Phil Regan is considering using rookie Curtis Goodwin to lead off and play center field, and has talked about batting Anderson anywhere from second to sixth in the order. Last year, Anderson batted .263 with 12 homers, 48 RBIs and 31 stolen bases in 32 attempts.

Where he is instead: Anderson is at his father's home in Poway, Calif., a suburb of San Diego.

How he's filling his time: Anderson says he's keeping in shape, regularly lifting weights and "hitting every now and then" against a pitching machine at his father's house. "It seems like no matter how much time you have to get ready," he said, "you don't have enough time. . . . There's always something you want to work on."

What he's doing when he's not working out: "Not much. Not much at all."

The last time he wasn't playing baseball in spring: "I've always been playing baseball in the spring. I played basketball when I was in high school, but we'd usually be done by now and getting ready for baseball."

How he's handling the wait: "You're a little worried about missing so much spring training because of your hitting and baseball skills. You just don't have the facilities and the access to batting practice pitchers like you normally do. . . . I feel like I have to trust the heads of the players union. I trust what they're doing, and I believe in what they're doing."

When he thinks the strike will end: "I don't know. I've proven not to be an expert at predicting. I originally thought it would last three weeks. I wouldn't have believed there wouldn't be any playoffs or World Series. So my thinking is to stay away from making any predictions."

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