FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - The second day of full-squad workouts came and went for the Baltimore Orioles with reliever Randy Myers nowhere to be seen. But club officials remained patient and confident that Myers will be on the field today.
The deadline for reporting to spring training is March 1 under baseball's labor rules, but each club sets its own deadlines earlier and expects players to honor them.
Baltimore's dates were Feb. 15 for pitchers and catchers and Tuesday for position players. But Myers has stayed in Washington state - first because he was helping coach the women's basketball team at Clark College and then because he was helping his mother with flooding problems.
On Wednesday, manager Davey Johnson said he expected his closer to be in camp yesterday. When asked about Myers yesterday, Johnson said, "I'm sure he is in Florida somewhere. I tried to call him [Wednesday], but there was no one there. I'll just wait until he is in uniform. Technically, he's not late until March 1. No use worrying about it, because there's not much I can do."
Myers has a history of reporting late because of his commitment to his basketball coaching. When he was with Cincinnati, then-manager Lou Piniella wasn't pleased. But the Orioles seem determined not to let it affect their efforts to build team chemistry.
"It doesn't bother us," general manager Pat Gillick said. "We know what kind of shape Randy keeps himself in, and it's probably better than most of the guys here now. We know he'll be ready."
Myers, 33, signed a two-year, $6.3 million contract in December after …