No one has said anything to Derrin Doty, but the Angel outfielder has gotten some dirty looks in the hotel restaurant, mostly from triple-A players.
Though Doty hasn't committed to playing in regular-season replacement games, he knows his decision to leave minor league camp and play in the last three spring training games will be criticized.
"I have confidence that I can handle someone getting in my face, but that hasn't happened yet," said Doty, who split the 1994 season between Class A Cedar Rapids and Lake Elsinore. "It's not the most fun situation, but if I can turn it into a positive, it can be great."
Doty, 24, has ignored the union's stance that those playing in spring training games will be considered scabs, hoping to impress major league coaches.
"When Marcel Lachemann and Rod Carew can put a face to a name, that could mean a lot more than money down the road," said Doty, the Angels' 17th-round pick in 1993. "People have said this could come back and haunt me, that I'll be blacklisted, but I would think people will forget about the guys doing this."
The Angels are offering about 12 minor leaguers cash inducements to become replacement players. Doty said he hasn't been approached but that he would consider playing in regular-season replacement games.