Orioles, Miller reach impasse Agent rejects meeting of broadcaster, Angelos

November 02, 1996|By Milton Kent and Buster Olney | Milton Kent and Buster Olney,SUN STAFF

The Orioles have apparently reached an impasse in their negotiations with broadcaster Jon Miller, according to sources close to the talks.

Miller's contract as lead radio announcer for the team expired after this season, and the team has been negotiating with Miller's Baltimore-based agent, Ron Shapiro.

Within the last 48 hours, team officials suggested that Miller meet with owner Peter Angelos, but Shapiro rejected the idea, Orioles sources said.

Team sources also said that Shapiro gave the Orioles a deadline of Oct. 31. Miller will be leaving for an extended vacation on Monday.

"I made known to the Orioles Jon's strong desire to stay," Shapiro said yesterday of the broadcaster, who has been with the Orioles for the past 14 seasons.

Shapiro has confirmed that Miller has received offers from the San Francisco Giants, San Diego Padres -- clearly the two leaders for the broadcaster's services -- and the New York Yankees, as well as inquiries from several other teams.

The Giants are the team Miller rooted for as a child growing up in the Bay Area. The Padres are run by former Orioles president Larry Lucchino, who negotiated three contracts with Miller when the two were in Baltimore.

"Our next step is we have been responding to other clubs who have been inquiring about Jon," Shapiro said.

Under the terms of his most recent contract, Miller received a reported salary of about $400,000 from the Orioles and their flagship station, WBAL (1090 AM).

He also receives a reported $300,000 for his work on ESPN "Sunday Night Baseball."

The Orioles have said they want to settle on a new radio contract -- they're negotiating with WBAL and Infinity -- before choosing on-air talent.

Pub Date: 11/02/96

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