The Waiting Game

March 06, 1995|By Buster Olney

Jack Voigt

What he would be doing if there were no strike: Even without a strike, Voigt was facing a major fight to keep his job as an extra outfielder with the Orioles, competing against the likes of Damon Buford, Sherman Obando, Curtis Goodwin -- and, possibly, Andy Van Slyke. Voigt, 29, batted .241 with three doubles and 20 RBI in 59 games. He is out of options, and the Orioles must keep him on the major-league team, trade him, or pass him through waivers.

Where he is instead: Voigt is living near the Orioles' training complex in Sarasota, Fla., where he grew up.

How he's filling his time: Voigt takes batting practice at a local high school, sometimes with other minor-leaguers, sometimes with former Orioles infielder Chris Sabo. Last week, Voigt worked out with pitcher Arthur Rhodes.

What he's doing when he's not working out: "I'm doing a lot of stuff for my new home -- we're moving in around the 24th. We're doing the basic things -- picking out furniture, buying the shelving."

The last time he wasn't playing baseball in spring: "Probably when I was about 2 years old. I was playing T-ball when I turned 5, in Sarasota."

How he's handling the wait: "In a way, it's tough, because your body realizes you should be doing something else. The adrenalin is not there, you're not in the clubhouse, you're not around your teammates, you don't have the competition. . . . It seems like there's some room [for optimism]. It's up to the owners: Are they going to bargain off our proposal, or, for the fifth time, are they going to walk away."

When he thinks the strike will end: "I don't know. I have no idea. I have no clue. I saw what the players proposed the other day. Here again, it's a big step for the players, giving the owners what they want. We'll see what the owners do. I keep up on Prodigy, on-line. I was checking it late last night."

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