Scott is now expected to become the O’s regular left fielder.
In a telephone conversation tonight, Scott said he has heard the opinion that his left field defense is not up to par, but he doesn’t share that view.
“People have said that a lot in my career coming up. But that’s what it is, an opinion” he said. “It’s not supported by fact. The facts are that I play solid defense. I had a year in Houston when I got moved to right and had seven or eight outfield assists, threw a guy out at first base in 368 at-bats - you know, limited playing time.
“I play a solid left field. I take good routes, I read hitters well and position myself well. I do have a good enough arm to throw guys out at the plate.
I keep guys from stretching singles into doubles and hit the cutoff man and play fundamentally sound. There is not much else you can ask a guy to do.”
Is Scott motivated to prove his detractors wrong?
“People have told me my whole career that I couldn’t do things, that I was subpar in this, subpar in that. All I do is just go out and I work hard and play hard. The results speak for themselves,” Scott said. “And I haven’t even had a season where I have gotten 650 at-bats. No one has even given me that opportunity and I’ve been productive. People have their opinions, but facts are the facts.”