This can’t be a very good day for Adam Moore, who’s down in Arizona preparing for the season and had to read on this blog that Miguel Olivo feels he was signed to be “the No. 1 catcher.”
But Moore is a realist. He says he knew a month ago that the team was going to go out and get somebody. There was nothing he could do about that, he said, but accept it and work harder.
“As catchers, none of us — myself included — were able to hit,” Moore said. “It’s obvious they had to do something. But that doesn’t change anything for me. I’m still going to go out there and work as hard as I can and try to get better.”
Make no mistake, though. Moore is going to take some extra motivation out of the fact he’s not going to be the No. 1 guy heading into spring training.
“Of course it’s going to motivate me,” he said. “I’m going to work my tail off. Whatever happens, happens. Whatever the team thinks of me, they’re going to think it. All I can do is show them what I can do.”
Moore still has minor league options left, so he could always start the year in Class AAA if he struggles out of the chute. It wasn’t so long ago that he was in the minors, watching former No. 1 draft pick Jeff Clement go from future catcher to trade bait all in the span of a year or so.
Now, Moore appears to be in the same make-or-break boat.
“It really doesn’t change anything for me,” Moore said. “I know that sounds funny, given what’s happened, but I’m going to keep doing what I’ve been doing. I’m going to keep working hard and hopefully, I show them something they like. It doesn’t matter who the No. 1 guy is, or the No. 2 guy. You still have to put in the work. I’m still going to work my tail off.”
Moore said he felt more comfortable in the majors as the season wore on. He said nobody in the organization had any kind of serious meeting with him about his future being up in the air or anything. He had some regular discussions with coaches, he added, but nothing that told him his job could be up for grabs.
Still, Moore said he figured that part out on his own.
“It is what it is,” he said. “But no, I haven’t heard anything. I don’t need to. I know what the situation is. That’s about all I can say about it.”