The Waiting Game

March 07, 1995|By Buster Olney

Tim Hulett

What he would be doing if there were no strike: He would be in some team's camp. Hulett, a free agent, said he has heard from "a lot of clubs." There are a couple of front-runners -- he won't say who -- but the Orioles, who have shown some interest, are not among them. "I'd love to play with the Orioles if they wanted me back," said Hulett. "But they have a new manager, new people in there and they probably have a new game plan, and there's nothing wrong with that." Hulett, 35, played the past six seasons with the Orioles, hitting .228 with two homers and 15 RBIs in 1994.

Where he is instead: At home in Springfield, Ill.

How he's filling his time: Working out at a local YMCA and takes batting practice and fields grounders at Hulett's Hitting Center, which he owns.

What he's doing when he's not working out: "Up until reporting day [for spring training], I was doing a lot of speaking engagements. But I stopped that because I didn't want to schedule any more in case there was a settlement and I had to cancel. I'm helping with the high school [Calvary Academy] -- their first game is March 27. Besides that, I'm spending a lot of time with the family."

The last time he wasn't playing baseball in spring: "Boy, I don't know that I wasn't always playing baseball this time of year. It must have been all the way back to Little League, when I was 12 -- and back then, I was probably getting ready for Little League to start."

How he's handling the wait: "Emotionally, I try not to stay too involved. I try not to get caught up in it. I try to stay on an even keel. Emotionally, it could really be a roller coaster ride. Like this last weekend, it looked like we were going to have a settlement and then it didn't work out."

When he thinks the strike will end: "This thing will get done when the owners decide to negotiate and quit playing their games. They haven't negotiated with us at all, from what I understand."

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