Signed with the Orioles as a free agent on May 16. Began his professional career in 1979. Has played for seven organizations. Appeared in only 20 major-league games before this season. Had reconstructive surgery on his right elbow in 1993.
Married to Lorraine Clark and has an 8-year-old son, Matthew. Turns 35 on Oct. 10. Attended Mt. San Antonio (Calif.) Junior College.
Mexican; Green chili chicken enchiladas
Favorite television show
"A River Runs through It" and "Field of Dreams"
Country; Garth Brooks and Alan Jackson
"I never step on the line going out. It's something I've always done, so I just don't do it."
Most influential coach
His junior college manager Art Mazmanian. "He taught me about pro ball because he managed the New York-Penn League Yankees for about 10 years. So he taught me a lot real quick. When I came into pro ball, I knew a lot more of the goings on."
If he wasn't playing baseball, he'd be ...
A fish and game warden
How he passes time on road trips
"Since they don't let us golf, we walk around, seeing a movie now and then. Basically, it's just hanging out with the guys."
Favorite road cities
Seattle, Toronto and Minnesota
Working as a stockboy for A.C. Plumbing.
"Pitching in my first game with the California Angels and beating Cleveland. Also, winning my first five starts -- everybody remembers that one."
Most embarrassing moment
"Everything was going so bad in one game against Minnesota that they got five hits in a row off me. The next batter was Kirby Puckett and he hit one off my leg. (The manager) came out and pretty much said, 'We got to get you out of here before your get killed' and I said, 'I'm with you, get me out of here.' "