Jeffrey HammondsHis projected role with the Orioles...

Orioles one-on-one

February 22, 1996|By Buster Olney

Jeffrey Hammonds

His projected role with the Orioles: Hammonds probably will open the season as the club's left fielder, batting ninth.

Number crunching: Hammonds has put in just one full season of games over three years, playing 158 games. In those 158 games, he's batted .280, with 15 homers, 73 RBIs, 73 runs, and 13 stolen bases in 15 attempts.

Where he's been this off-season: Hammonds spent most of the winter in Baltimore, working out and rehabilitating the strained muscle in his neck and shoulder. He also spent some time in Southern California, visiting friends.

What he's been doing: Hammonds has been trying to reduce his weight and body fat. "I've improved," he said. "You can see my collar bone again."

Who he thinks is the Orioles' best acquisition of the off-season: "There are so many to choose from -- everybody is going to play a vital part if this team is going to win. We filled every need we had, getting Roberto Alomar, B. J. Surhoff, Randy Myers, Roger McDowell, all those guys."

Another AL team he thinks helped itself this off-season: "No question about it, the Cleveland Indians. They were basically a young team that stepped up last year, with Manny Ramirez and Jim Thome coming through, and the addition of Julio Franco and Jack McDowell can't do anything but help them."

His expectations for this season: "I have none. Other than to have fun."

An Oriole to watch: "Brady Anderson. We've played with a shuffled outfield the last few years. I'm looking forward to him having another season like 1992."

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