The Waiting Game

March 17, 1995|By Buster Olney

Curtis Goodwin

What he would be doing if there were no strike: At the outset of spring training, Orioles manager Phil Regan made it clear that he was leaning toward using Goodwin as his regular center fielder and leadoff hitter. Part of Regan's rationale was that Goodwin excelled in winter ball and was ready to make the jump from Double-A to the major leagues. Although the strike may wipe out Opening Day, Regan still wants Goodwin to win the job.

What he's doing instead: Since returning from Venezuela, Goodwin has been living in Los Angeles. He started working out regularly two weeks ago at a local batting cage. Goodwin says that other major-leaguers, including Atlanta's Tony Tarasco, train the same site. "They go early in the morning," Goodwin said. "I usually don't get up until late in the morning and I don't get over there until the afternoon."

When he thinks the strike will be resolved: "I really have no idea. I really don't understand what's going on, to tell you the truth. The whole thing is a little over my head."

How long he thinks it will take him to report to camp once a settlement is reached: "It's going to be awhile. I have to drive [to Florida], and that would probably take me four or five days. I've got to pack up my stuff, get everything together. It's going to take a week, I think."

Who he's picking in the NCAAs: "I almost want to go with UCLA, because I've seen their players before. It could be UCLA."

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