Chris HoilesHis projected role for Orioles: The everyday...

Orioles one-on-one

February 14, 1996|By Buster Olney

Chris Hoiles

His projected role for Orioles: The everyday catcher. Hoiles is in the second year of a five-year contract.

Number crunching: Hoiles batted .208 with 10 homers and 27 RBIs in 173 at-bats before the All-Star break, .291 with nine homers and 31 RBIs in 179 at-bats after the break.

Where he has been: Hoiles spent most of his off-season in Baltimore, although Hoiles, his father and Orioles bullpen catcher Sammy Snider went to Idaho to hunt whitetail deer. "I got a nice 10-pointer," he said. "Sammy got a nine-pointer."

What he has been doing: Hoiles has worked out regularly since early November. "Mostly cardiovascular stuff," he said. "Strength and conditioning."

Who he thinks is the Orioles' best acquisition of the off-season: "Probably [general manager] Pat Gillick. It seems his personality fits in well with this team. He knows talent, and he knows how to bring out the best in people. He's been a big help."

Another AL team that helped itself this off-season: "The Yankees did a great job. They picked up Tim Raines. I don't know if Dwight Gooden's ready to help them right away, but they got him and re-signed David Cone. Jimmy Key is coming back, and they picked up Kenny Rogers. They picked up Tino Martinez, who takes the place of Don Mattingly."

An Oriole to watch this year: "Me," he said with a laugh. "I don't know, last year was such a terrible year for me. My shoulder was hurt, and I couldn't do a lot because of it. But this year, I feel great physically, and I feel great about myself. I'm a lot stronger, and I'm mentally ready to go."

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