Miles for Lucchino? No thanksSo Jack Luskin and Steve...


August 11, 1991

Miles for Lucchino? No thanks

So Jack Luskin and Steve "Former Assistant State's Attorney" Miles want to buy the Orioles, huh? It would be nice to have local ownership again. And who wouldn't like to see the "Cheapest Guy in Town" replace the cheapest owner in baseball -- provided he makes a commitment to spend some money on developing/getting/keeping decent baseball players?

Then, as quick as you can say "Let's talk about it," they lost me. Seems Miles wants to quit the lawyering biz to take over the day-to-day operation of the Orioles. Whoops, this is all sounding a bit too familiar -- a lawyer who knows zilch about the inner workings of a major-league baseball team playing wanna-be general manager. Sorry, but that's what we have now!

Miles is just trying to get on our good side by offering to send Larry Lucchino back to his Washington law office. It would have been better if he didn't nominate himself as Lucchino's replacement.

The Orioles need local ownership. They need owners committed to building a contender. But they need owners who will hire good baseball people to run the club. Lots of luck, Mr. Miles, but please -- don't give up your day job.

Steve Scheinberg

Towson Whatever name the baseball powers decide on for the new stadium should include "Baltimore." Why are we one of the few towns where the city name of the home team isn't on the uniforms?

It doesn't matter to me that the Orioles are a so-called regional team, drawing from Baltimore, Washington, York, Pa., Harrisburg, Pa., and the Eastern Shore.

The White Sox are called the Chicago White Sox, and the Red Sox are called the Boston Red Sox, the Tigers are the Detroit Tigers and, of course, the Yankees are the New York Yankees. Why are we different?

Harry I. Kleiman


To Eli Jacobs

If you build it (the new stadium at Camden Yards), they will come. They'll come and watch an Orioles team that was projected for high hopes at the beginning of the year only to have those hopes --ed by injuries to key players, a managerial change, the ever-revolving door from Baltimore to Rochester and a sixth-place standing.

They'll come and hand over their money for tickets to the new stadium, even though the price for the tickets will have gone up from this year. And they won't think twice about it.

They'll long for the past, remembering the Orioles magic that gripped us from the glory years of the mid-1960s to the early '80s. Hoping a little bit to somehow relive it again in the present.

They'll come to see players obtained in some questionable trades and free-agent signings from the front office through the years. They'll debate whether it was a good trade or a bad one, a good free-agent signing or a bad one for the team.

They'll come and set the all-time team attendance record for a team that has been hanging near the bottom of the AL East for most of the season. And they're projected to draw near 3 million in the new stadium next year.

They'll come whether you sell the team or not. To hometown buyers or out-of-town buyers, they still will come.

The one constant through all the years has been baseball and the Orioles. The Colts have come and gone, leaving in the middle of the night, but baseball and the Orioles have marked the time. This stadium (Memorial Stadium), this team (the Orioles) is a part of our past. It reminds us of all that once was good and could be again.

Will the Orioles ease the fans' pain of watching this team try as hard as they do to win only to have sorrowful years as in 1988 and this year?

Will the Orioles go the distance and try to build a championship-caliber team as they once had and can have again? Only time will tell.

But one thing is for sure.

3' The fans most definitely will come.

Thomas Jones


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