Scott Moore: Trying to Get Back to Baltimore

Scott Moore was supposed to contend for a starting job in Baltimore this season, but an early season demotion in favor of shortstops and injuries have delayed his contention. Josh Brickman caught up with Scott Moore in Norfolk who dishes on nagging injuries and the turnaround the Tides have had.

Things looked promising for the 25-year old first and third baseman in the Baltimore Orioles farm system. This was the year that Scott Moore was supposed to really blossom and mature at the plate and fulfill all of the potential that made him the eighth overall selection in the 2002 MLB Draft. He made his MLB debut with the Chicago Cubs in 2006. This year Moore appeared in the Orioles lineup for only four games and batted just .125 in eight plate appearances.

"It was good to be with the Orioles early in the year. Unfortunately it was for a short period of time. So far they have had a pretty good year. They are in last place but at the same time you have to look at what they've done compared to last year."

Moore has appeared in 78 games this year for the Orioles Triple-A affiliate, the Norfolk Tides. For the season, Moore is batting .247 with seven homers and 44 RBI. Despite being fourth on the team in runs driven in, he is far from happy with his performance thus far.

"This year has been kind of a struggle at the plate. I started off real slow. It's important when you have guys in scoring position to do whatever it takes to get those guys in. Fortunately, that's what I've been able to do even though the average isn't really there. It's an approach that you have to take as far as driving guys in."

The last month or so Moore has been hampered by a thumb injury that has inhibited the way he normally holds the bat. The injury landed him on the 7-day DL.

"I was playing first base and a throw came to the inside of the bag and as soon as I caught the ball, the runner collided with my hand. I tried to play through it but that didn't work. They put me on the DL for a week and we thought we had it feeling pretty good. The first night back I strained it again. I'm meeting with a hand specialist and we will take it from there."

Although he may have to shut it down for the 2008 season, Moore is optimistic about what the future holds for him and knows he has some things to work on if he wants to become a mainstay on the Orioles roster.

"Confidence is a big thing. It goes a long way. As far as hitting, it is important to have an approach for every appearance at the plate and to stick to it. In the field I am working on staying confident and being ready for every pitch for the ball to be hit to me. Taking one pitch off and having a mental lapse is something that can't happen."

Of late, confidence in the Norfolk Tides clubhouse is something that can be found in every player that dawns the uniform. In July the club managed to reel off eight straight wins after faltering out of the gates to open the season and taking what seemed like a permanent seat in the division cellar.

"I don't even know what triggered it. We didn't do anything different. This team just plays the game really hard and we stuck with that and it paid off for us. This last month and a half we have been playing pretty good baseball."

Despite that impressive win streak the Tides still see themselves on the outside looking in. They are currently 56-67 and 8.5 games out of first place, trailing only the Durham Bulls in the Southern division. With less than a month to play the Tides seem poised for a final push towards the postseason.

"We are pretty far out of the division lead. We still have a chance of getting into the playoffs. I don't really think that were thinking about that as much as we are about just finishing the season strong."

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