Upholding StandardbredsI congratulate John Eisenberg on a...

LETTERS

July 28, 1996

Upholding Standardbreds

I congratulate John Eisenberg on a thoughtful and even-handed column on slot machines at racetracks in Maryland in the July 19 edition of The Sun. He fairly presented the upside and the downside of slot machines at racetracks, both in Delaware and in Maryland. I have only one criticism. Nowhere is any mention made of Standardbred racing or the two Standardbred tracks in Maryland at Rosecroft Raceway and Ocean Downs. To be fair, Eisenberg is not alone in failing to mention Standardbred racing. In almost all of the consideration of the issue of slot machines at the racetracks in the media, Standardbred racing is never mentioned.

Franklin Goldstein

Baltimore

Olney overrated Yankees

I usually enjoy Buster Olney's columns. He seems to get all the inside stories on all the teams. However, when he wrote "the Orioles were totally overmatched in their recent four-game series with the Yankees" in his July 21 column I wonder what games he was watching. I seem to recall four hard-fought games decided in the late innings by a run or so. I, too, remember a few ground-ball singles rolling through the holes for New York. The Orioles can play with the Yankees, they just fall a little short. The Yankees have better pitchers, that's all.

Come on, Buster, let's not get carried away with the Yankees. They are winning a lot of one-run games, which winning teams usually do. But they are not overmatching people. Boston just split with them and the Brewers recently took three out of four.

Bernard F. Moran

Baltimore

Schott has rights

I think that Major League Baseball's bullying of Marge Schott is shameful. Is she not entitled to her own views of history, whether misinformed or not?

What is even worse is that the media, which so often cloaks itself in the protection of the First Amendment, has remained mute on this issue. One would not be defending what she says by defending her right to say it. The principle of freedom of speech means nothing if it does not protect unpopular opinions.

As a U.S. citizen, Mrs. Schott should be free to express her opinions, without fear of having her baseball team taken away.

Tom Caskey

Riderwood

Comment on Mercker unfair

"Trading Mercker is trading nothing. He's a bust; it's amazing the Orioles didn't trade him to the Baltimore Museum of Art."

The above excerpt from John Eisenberg's column is a disgrace to your department. No player deserves a statement like this, and Kent Mercker felt as bad about his pitching here as anyone else did.

M. Atkinson

Baltimore

Fed up with crime

Nowadays, I think I'm reading the police blotter instead of the sports pages. We read almost daily of a major athlete participating in criminal activity (drugs, abuse of women, shootings, etc.). Most fans are sick of this type of behavior. Why these criminals are allowed to remain in professional sports is beyond my comprehension.

When are the owners and commissioners going to say enough is enough? Upon conviction of any criminal act, the criminal-athlete should be barred forever from playing major-league sports. No pussyfooting around! None of this one-month, six-month suspensions or six or seven more chances. Bar them forever.

The athlete should appreciate the fame and fortune bestowed upon him by the public. If the athlete insists on indulging in criminal acts, then that fame, fortune and respect must be withdrawn.

John C. Zaruba

Baltimore

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Pub Date: 7/28/96

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