Angelos not ready to barge in on talks


August 06, 1994|By Tom Keegan | Tom Keegan,Sun Staff Writer

MILWAUKEE -- Jim Poole, the Orioles' assistant player representative, wonders if the owners wouldn't benefit from listening more to Orioles owner Peter Angelos.

"I don't know how much influence he has as a first-year owner, which is a shame because based on some of the things he has said, I think he might be able to help," Poole said.

Why doesn't Angelos take a more front-and-center role?

"You can't just go barging in and say I can solve your problems when they are problems that have been there for 25 years," Angelos said. "I've never been reluctant or shy to take a leadership role. The question is one of timing. You really have to find an audience willing to consider that which you propose."

For that audience to exist, owners would have to convene. Therein lies the problem, from Angelos' vantage point.

"I believe the difficulty lies in the fact most owners hardly know each other and rarely see each other more than two or three times a year," Angelos said. "That makes it very difficult to get the idea across to someone they hardly know. If there were meetings on a regular basis there is enough talent among the men and women involved to come up with a solution to what seems like an impossible situation. That's where we

should be criticized.

"Outside of that, I don't think the owners should be criticized. They have all made substantial contribution to communities where they live. The vitriol and invective must be eliminated from both sides."

Selig meets with Brewers

Milwaukee Brewers president Bud Selig, acting commissioner of Major League Baseball, had an informal chat with a group of Brewers players.

"I was pleasantly surprised, actually because to this point there hasn't been a chance to talk to the owners face-to-face in all of our negotiating meetings," Brewers assistant player rep Bob Scanlan said. "They've been open to everyone and the players have attended, but up until this point there haven't been any owners who have attended. So this was the first chance I had to talk to an owner face-to-face. Did I hear anything that was shockingly new? No. But I appreciated him showing the interest to want to come down and talk to us."

Bad duds

Orioles base-stealer extraordinaire and fashion plate Brady Anderson has a question for marketing directors throughout baseball, a question inspired by the Orioles' participation in turn-back-the-clock night at Milwaukee's County Stadium.

"If they are going to turn back the clock, why must they turn it back to the most hideous fashion generation in history?"

Sabo back in the outfield

Orioles manager Johnny Oates' outfield du jour last night had Anderson in right, Mike Devereaux in center and Chris Sabo in left.

Sabo returned to the outfield for the first time since July 8 in Baltimore.

Jeffrey Hammonds encountered mild knee soreness after playing three consecutive days on artificial turf and asked to have Thursday off. Hammonds said he would be ready for last night's game, but it never became an issue. "I had the lineup card made up before he got to the ballpark," Oates said.

Oates said he played Devereaux because of his numbers (6-for-14) against Milwaukee right-hander Ricky Bones.

"I'm playing the numbers and a hunch," Oates said. "The number say I should play Devo and I've got a hunch that I should play Sabo."

Both went 1-for-3, with Sabo scoring twice.

Pitching probables in New York

The expected matchups for the series in New York against the Yankees, starting Monday: Sid Fernandez (6-6, 5.09) vs. Sterling Hitchcock (4-1, 4.04); Jamie Moyer (4-7, 4.72) vs. Jim Abbott (9-7, 4.36); and Ben McDonald (13-7, 4.20) vs. Jimmy Key (17-3, 3.19).

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