Take what you want, ownersWith regard to the proposed...


April 18, 1993

Take what you want, owners

With regard to the proposed changes by Major League Baseball's owners to extend the playoffs and interleague play, I unequivocally and wholeheartedly agree. I am totally in favor of any change that will put more money in the pockets of the owners and players. Lord knows they deserve it for all the grueling hours they toil at this dirty business just to please us fans. And while we are at it, let's stop complaining about rising ticket, beer and hot dog prices. Just think of all the time Orioles owner Eli Jacobs spent designing our stadium. Did he complain?

Baseball's owners conveniently -- whoops, I mean considerately -- asked the fans how they felt about those changes before proposing them. Even though I was not one of those surveyed, I want ownership to know that they have my free and unencumbered vote. Just think, we might be enjoying baseball well into the winter session, so who needs a football team.

W.W. Lanahan III


You're out of there, Schmuck

Peter Schmuck's comments knocking umpire John Shulock for halting the mound conferences between Texas catcher Ivan Rodriguez and pitcher Charlie Leibrandt reflect a lack of perception of why major-league baseball games seem to take forever.

Anyone who has ever umpired remembers: 1) don't grant time unless the player has a valid reason for requesting it, and 2) umpires get less grief calling strikes than calling balls (and their games move faster).

Shulock, in my opinion, has a tendency to "look for trouble," but in this case, he's right. Rodriguez and Leibrandt were at training camp six weeks, plenty of time to learn to communicate.

The reason baseball games take so long is that the second of my mentor's two key points -- umpires get less grief calling strikes than balls -- seems to have been forgotten.

If the plate umpire is consistent [calling ball and strikes], batters learn quickly what each umpire's strike zone is and will hit pitches in that strike zone. I can't prove it, but I'll bet the late Ed Runge, whose ample strike zone was legend, had the fastest games of any umpire in his time or any other time. And he was one of the most popular umpires ever. That should tell baseball's bigwigs something.

Charles A. Frainie


Need a name? How about 3?

I think the name of the new NFL franchise -- if it comes to Baltimore -- should be called the Knights, Barons or the Spartans.

Ronnie Thistlethwaite


O's are no-go for Joes

I am writing to express my displeasure with the Orioles organization. Never mind that they let Joe Orsulak go. They totally ruined baseball for Joe Sixpack. I am an avid baseball fan, but it is just a pain to get tickets to a game at Camden Yards. I split a 29-game plan with some friends, and when I do go to a game, it is no longer fun and exciting. It is all corporate BS and yuppie-ville. I miss the old Section 34 days. Thank God for the Baysox this year.

Darrin Stolba


Storm in the forecast

How's this for an appropriate name for Baltimore's new football

team: The Baltimore Blizzard? Named after the biggest storm in recent years. Let's see the Blizzard storm through cities such as Seattle, San Diego, Phoenix, Houston and New Orleans. And let's not forget Miami. Do you think they can handle a "Blizzard"?

Kelly McLaughlin


Raven reviews for new birds

I think the logical [name] for a future NFL football team would be the Baltimore Ravens (i.e. Edgar Allan Poe). We could call the stadium to be built and Oriole Park at Camden Yards our birds nests. To carry it even further, our new team could have orange helmets and jerseys with a black raven on them.

I think the "Baltimore Ravens" should receive some consideration.

Bill Murdock



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