Today is the official reporting day for Orioles position players, though most of them are already in camp. The notable exceptions, so far, are Brian Roberts, Miguel Tejada, Lou Montanez and Josh Bell. Ty Wigginton and Michael Aubrey just pulled into the parking log.
Luke Scott held court with the media this morning. He conceded that his frustration snowballed during his deep second-half slump last year, but said he did not dwell on that part of his season during the winter.
"I did my reviewing during the season while it was going on,'' he said. "It's a tough game. No one's ever figured it out. I don't want to spend the offseason pulling my hair out or adding to my collection of gray hair.
"It had nothing to do with my health...it had nothing to do with my physical condition because last year I was strong through the whole season. Last year, I felt really good. Obviously, when I came off the DL I was strong enough to hit and my shoulder wasn't bothering me. It's just a funny game. It's the mind more than anything.
"Of course, I was frustrated during that second half. Who wouldn't be. I had the makings of a really tremendous season, even considering the at-bats that I had. Yeah, it was frustrating. I'm human. It hurt a lot. But the only thing I can do is move on from it and learn."
Here are a few other of his comments:
On the positions he'll prepare for this spring: "I have not received any communication yet. I imagine I'm going to take ground balls at first and my flies in the outfield, probably kind of like I did last year. Until they tell me something different, I'm going to work at the positiions that I played at and I have a chance to play."
On his reaction to the club's offseason acquisitions:"Personally, it's like, everyone wants to have a really good idea of where they're going to fit in and what they're going to do, but sometimes things don't work out that way, but that's part of being a professional. Part of being a professional is doing the best with what they ask you to do. If they asked me to play shortstop, I'd probably go out and do the best I can. That's being a professional".
On the team:"I think we're more dangerous offensively. I think we're better pitching-wise. I think we've got good leadership. Some good experience on the mound with Kevin Millwood and Gonzalez, those are two pretty good arms right there...I think we definitely are a better team."