New addresses

March 23, 1997|By Peter Schmuck

Orioles legend Cal Ripken isn't the only prominent player who has been asked to change positions this year. Here are some others who will be in a different spot on Opening Day:

John Valentin: Embattled Boston Red Sox infielder has agreed to move from shortstop to second base to make room for promising Nomar Garciaparra, but he isn't happy about it. Look for him to be traded in the next few months.

Jim Thome: Cleveland Indians infielder willingly moved from third base to first to make room in the infield for newly acquired Matt Williams.

Darin Erstad: Anaheim Angels youngster broke in as an outfielder, but is being schooled for regular work at first base this year. One of his teachers: fellow Angels first baseman Eddie Murray.

Joe Carter: Has agreed to vacate left field for split role as first baseman and designated hitter, part of the fallout from the deals that brought Orlando Merced to Toronto and sent John Olerud to the New York Mets.

Shawn Green: Toronto Blue Jays outfielder has moved from right field to left to accommodate newcomer Orlando Merced.

Tony Phillips: Versatile White Sox star has moved to right field to make room in left for Albert Belle, though concern remains that Phillips may not have enough arm strength to play that outfield position.

Jeff Conine: Florida Marlins outfielder will become full-time first baseman now that the club has acquired Bobby Bonilla and Moises Alou.

Pat Listach: Former AL Rookie of the Year will play shortstop for Houston Astros this year. He entered pro ball as a shortstop, but has played predominantly in the outfield.

Mark Lewis: San Francisco Giants infielder has moved from second to third to replace departed Matt Williams and allow Jeff Kent to play full-time at second.

Pub Date: 3/23/97

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