The Waiting Game

March 04, 1995|By Buster Olney

Scott Klingenbeck

What he would be doing if there were no strike: The Orioles' pitching staff has some holes, and Klingenbeck wanted a shot at winning one of those jobs. He went 7-5 for Double-A Bowie last summer, and started and won against Detroit in his only major-league appearance.

Where he is instead: Klingenbeck, who just turned 24, is at home in Cincinnati, where he was born and raised.

How he's filling his time: During the week, Klingenbeck and major-leaguer Bill Wegman meet with several other minor-leaguers at a nearby sports complex, where they throw and hit grounders on an indoor soccer field. Klingenbeck runs outside -- "when it's not too cold" -- and, a couple of times a week, pedals a stationary bike."

What he's doing when he's not working out: "I'm going to a lot of basketball games [at the University of Cincinnati]. I went there last night. They were terrible, but hey, what can you do? . . . I'm hoping something will still get done [in the negotiations]. If it doesn't, I'll probably start running mail for my agent, or maybe I'll become a stock boy or something."

The last time he wasn't playing baseball in spring: "When I was born. It had to have been when I was about 5, before I was playing knothole baseball, or Little League."

How he's handling the wait: "I'm tired of throwing to the same hitters every day. I'm anxious to get going, because I thought I had a shot of making the team if I had a great spring training. . . . Now, I don't know."

When he thinks the strike will end: "I don't know. I guess from what they say, a couple of weeks. But then again, I thought we were going to have a World Series. I bet with my buddies we were going to have a World Series, and that shows how much I know. . . . Want my opinion about some owners? No, I better not. I might have to play for them some day."

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