SurhoffHis projected role for the Orioles: Manager...

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February 21, 1996|By Buster Olney

B. J. Surhoff

His projected role for the Orioles: Manager Davey Johnson plans on using him as the third baseman, although he's not wholly set on this. Surhoff has been taking ground balls daily at third; yesterday, he worked for about an hour, with third base coach Sam Perlozzo whacking grounders at him on an otherwise empty field.

Number crunching: He batted .320 and struck out just 43 times in 415 at-bats last season, which should make him a tough challenge in the No. 5 spot for those who choose to pitch around cleanup man Bobby Bonilla.

Where he was this off-season: Milwaukee. Surhoff broke into the majors with the Brewers, but now that he's signed with the Orioles, he intends to move to Baltimore.

What he was doing: "Watching my kids, just trying to get ready for the season."

Who he thinks is the Orioles' best acquisition of the off-season: "I think they did a good job getting all those guys. I think Pat [Gillick] tried to fill needs when he got those guys -- Roberto Alomar, David Wells, Kent Mercker, Randy Myers, all of them."

His own expectations for 1996: "To win."

An Oriole to watch: "There are a lot of guys I haven't played with here that I'm looking forward to seeing. I don't know if I could pick out one guy."

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