Good move keeping McLemoreThree cheers for Peter Angelos...

LETTERS

January 02, 1994

Good move keeping McLemore

Three cheers for Peter Angelos for caring about Baltimore and for reportedly making sure that Mark McLemore was signed.

As a 56-year-old board-certified internist who has never made six figures, I never thought I would consider a process that led to a million-dollar baseball contract unfair but relatively speaking, this one was.

No one (except for Randy Milligan) has gotten less respect for what he has done for the Orioles and for the community.

When Bill Ripken was here, McLemore took a back seat in coverage despite putting up as good or better numbers and establishing himself as a clutch player. He responded to not being tendered a contract last year by working even harder. After taking a pay cut, he saved the front office's bacon with his play in right field (where I think he should remain). His catches and outfield assists often made ESPN highlights. He hit .284 with 72 RBIs and led the team in stolen bases. As one of the three finalists for the O's most valuable player in The Sun's fan poll, he deserved better than a public threat of again not being tendered a contract.

Mega-millions have been given to players for contributions elsewhere, sometimes in signing bonuses to circumvent Maryland taxes. Money was found to re-sign Glenn Davis in a futile attempt to retrieve one of the worst trades in baseball history.

Meanwhile, players who quietly produce are let go, just like loyal American workers who pay the price for their well-paid corporate leaders' mistakes. Sure, Eli Jacobs had the final say on player moves, but Roland Hemond was the general manager who recommended the Davis trade, didn't push sufficiently for the Fred McGriff trade, complied in dragging out the Ripken negotiations and let Milligan, McLemore, Mickey Tettleton and Joe Orsulak go. It's time for fresh leadership in the front office.

Peter Dans

Cockeysville

Keep Redskins away

Baltimore football fans' worst nightmare has come true! If it's not bad enough that we get a smug Washington lawyer commissioner snuffing out any chance we had of getting an expansion team, now the forces that be are trying to shove the Redskins down our throats! We don't want them! When will they get the picture that Baltimore can't stand the Redskins? We hate everything about them: their uniforms, fight song, quarterbacks, everything!

I'm only in my 20s, but I can remember the Colts and what it felt like to have our own team. I remember on Christmas Eve back in the '70s going outside my house in Cedarcroft, during that memorable playoff game against the Raiders, and hearing the familiar C-O-L-T-S echo through my neighborhood and getting chills down my spine. I also remember when the Broncos came into a sold-out Memorial Stadium in 1983 and the Colts almost pulled the upset.

I've tried to root for the Redskins -- for about a minute. Then I come to my senses and realize the Redskins will never replace my memories. Don't give up, governor!

Michael Ready

Towson

Take that Redskins stadium

Baltimore and Washington are two very distinct, separate communities. The Redskins will always be Washington's team. No thanks, Mr. Cooke. Build your stadium in Washington, Virginia or better yet, Paul Tagliabue's back yard!

B. Welsh

Ellicott City

CFL rates a 10 here

With apologies to all those who have worked so hard to get an NFL expansion team for Baltimore, here are the top 10 reasons that Baltimore should punt the NFL and invite the CFL to expand into Charm City:

10. Keeps low-life NFL owners from getting any more of our money.

9. Don't have to let Bob Irsay and the Indianapolis Colts back in town.

8. Prevents Baltimore from being used by low-life NFL owners as leverage to extort concessions from their current cities.

7. Don't have to let Bob Irsay and the Indianapolis Colts back in town (worth repeating).

6. Tickets would be affordable for real football fans.

5. Lets the world know that 28 people do not have exclusive power to control the destiny of professional football within this or any other city.

4. Local TV broadcasts would out-rate (and occasionally pre-empt?) Redskins games.

3. Chuck Thompson could do the games on TV.

2. Another great rivalry with Toronto.

1. We could call them the Colts.

illiam Merlock

Abingdon

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