The Waiting Game

March 18, 1995|By Buster Olney

Bret Barberie

What he would be doing if there were no strike: Barberie, acquired from Florida in a trade in the off-season, would be in his first camp with the Orioles. Barberie, a switch-hitter who batted .301 with 20 doubles and five homers for the Marlins last year, likely will be the Orioles' regular second baseman when the strike is resolved. New manager Phil Regan has talked about using Barberie to bat second, behind Curtis Goodwin or Brady Anderson, to break up the succession of left-handed hitters at the top of the lineup.

What he's doing instead: Barberie was living in Miami until earlier this month, when he moved to Cerritos, Calif.. Barberie takes batting practice at a local junior college, and for a time, he worked out with Marlins reliever Robb Nen.

What he's doing when he's not working out: "Just hanging out. A little surfing. Waiting."

The last time he wasn't playing baseball in spring: In the fourth or fifth grade. "This is definitely different. Baseball is hitting its stride everywhere but in the majors right now. Even in high school."

How he's handling the wait: "It's kind of tough, being in limbo and not having an exact date to shoot for. Normally, the players have a report date and they prepare themselves to be ready by that date. Now, all I can do is stay in shape and wait. It's definitely a different situation."

When he thinks the strike will be resolved: "I would hope that they get it settled before Opening Day. They'll have to push back the start of the season. I would've hoped both sides would've gotten something resolved by now, but my next guess is by Opening Day."

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