Roger McDowellHis projected role for the Orioles...

Orioles one-on-one

February 15, 1996|By Buster Olney

Roger McDowell

His projected role for the Orioles: Right-handed setup man.

Number crunching: Over the past five years, McDowell has lowest home run percentage in baseball, allowing 0.39 homers for every nine innings. Greg Maddux is second, at 0.46.

Where he has been: At his Florida home, for the most part. "I went out to the Bob Hope Desert Classic for a few days," he said. "My wife and I followed Kevin Costner around."

What he has been doing: Fishing -- lots and lots of fishing. "I'll go six times in a week," he said. "Snook and tarpon." McDowell went fishing with manager Davey Johnson last November, before he signed. "But we never talked shop," McDowell said. "We just . . . fished."

Who he thinks is the Orioles' best acquisition of the off-season: "All of the new guys -- except me."

What AL team helped itself the most this off-season: "The Yankees, solely because of their starting pitching. The Indians didn't hurt themselves either, getting Jack McDowell and Julio Franco."

His expectations for 1996: "As far as the team is concerned, win the World Series. Personally, it's to stay healthy and contribute. If I'm healthy, I'll be able to help."

An Oriole to watch this year: "Definitely Cal [Ripken]. Bobby Bonilla, Rafael Palmeiro, and Chris Hoiles. I was just thinking about that the other day -- here's Chris Hoiles, one of the better catchers in this league, and you really don't hear much about the guy."

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