Break up O's 'four-ring circus'Now that the new ownership...

LETTERS

September 19, 1993

Break up O's 'four-ring circus'

Now that the new ownership group will soon take control of the Orioles, I think it's time to bid a fond farewell to the "four-ring circus" masquerading as a president (Larry Lucchino), general manager (Roland Hemond) and two assistant general managers (Frank Robinson and Doug Melvin).

A front office is supposed to develop a pennant contender while it raises ticket prices and earns money. The Orioles are near first place, and all the front office could get is Lonnie Smith and Mike Pagliarulo while the Yankees and Blue Jays were shoring up their pitching. Pagliarulo hasn't lost his ability or desire, and he has helped immensely, but with Gregg Olson all but through and Fernando Valenzuela, Rick Sutcliffe, Brad Pennington, Mark Williamson and Kevin McGehee ineffective, how can the Orioles win the division?

Someone has to be able to recognize talent vs. "wannabe professional players." I would like the team to win this year and then build around Mike Mussina, Ben McDonald, Jamie Moyer, Alan Mills, Jim Poole, Todd Frohwirth, Chris Hoiles, Cal Ripken, Harold Reynolds, Mark McLemore, Mark Parent, Jeffrey Hammonds, Tim Hulett, Brady Anderson, Sherman Obando, Jack Voigt, Harold Baines and Pagliarulo.

It's hard enough to purchase single-game tickets, but more difficult for me as a fan having to watch blown leads on TV by mediocre relief pitching and base-running errors.

Until new people are given the responsibility of providing Baltimore with complete, hustle-type ballplayers, we'll always be the "almost won it" baseball team.

Harry I. Kleiman

Owings Mills

Wheel covers?

I can't believe it! In one of the most prestigious road bicycle races in the world, the World Professional Road Cycling Championships in Hamar, Norway, 21-year-old Texan Lance Armstrong won with a stunning solo breakaway. The problem was, hardly any newspaper coverage was devoted to the race. If anything, an American, indeed the American national champion, winning the worlds should have made the front page of the sports section.

The culmination of an incredible year for Armstrong, this race meant much more for the future of American cycling in that an American other than Greg LeMond or Andy Hampsten had defeated the Europeans at their own game.

Perhaps most ironic is that this year is the centenary of an annual sports championship that began as part of the World's Columbia Exposition in Chicago. Few annual championships go so far back -- baseball's World Series started in 1903, the NBA championships in 1947 and the NFL's Super Bowl in 1967.

In the face of such undeniable facts, how can any nationally recognized news publication devote so few words to Armstrong's victory? I am not advocating that The Baltimore Sun plaster the front page with bicycle results, nor am I demanding that you report extensively on all races. What I am asking, however, is that major cycle races receive the coverage they deserve.

Scott Upton

Ellicott City

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