Mariners shouldn't lift anchorIs there anyone else who is...

LETTERS

December 29, 1991

Mariners shouldn't lift anchor

Is there anyone else who is as disturbed as I am by the possibility that the Seattle Mariners might be moving to Tampa/St. Petersburg, Fla.? I thought that we had seen the last of the baseball franchise moves in 1971, when the Washington Senators moved to Texas. But apparently, major-league baseball seems eager to adopt the NFL's "rent-a-franchise" mentality.

It seems increasingly likely that wherever the Mariners play in 1992, it won't be in Seattle, unless a local buyer steps forward. Jeff Smulyan, the Mariners' owner, says that he has every right to move the franchise because it can't remain competitive in Seattle.

But there are other facts that Smulyan seems to be ignoring. In 1989 he bought the Mariners for $76 million, yet in 1991 he puts the team up for sale for $100 million. That's an increase in value of $24 million in only two years. Last year the Mariners drew more than 2 million fans.

An obvious solution to the problem facing the Mariners and other teams in small markets is to establish a revenue-sharing system. That way, teams like Seattle, Milwaukee, Cleveland and Baltimore would be able to acquire some of the higher-priced free agents and put a more competitive team on the field.

Daniel Klos

Perry Hall

Racing deserves better play

I wish to voice my opinion regarding the publicity horse racing receives in The Sun. I am not a person who visits the area racetracks daily -- perhaps monthly at best. I do, however, follow the sport on a daily basis, and the coverage your paper gives makes this a difficult task.

When racing is scheduled, I may get an informative article from Marty McGee, but that's it.

How can a sport that is so vital to Maryland compete with so little attention given to it? I think that you would be surprised by the feedback you would get if you spruced up this portion of The Sun.

Timothy A. Perzan

Baltimore

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