Readers in full throat over loss of O's voice

Letters

November 10, 1996

May not renew ticket plan

Until Jon Miller's exit, I defended Peter Angelos' moves. But allowing Miller to go is a Baltimore tragedy that ranks with the exit of the Colts. Miller is beloved by thousands of Baltimore baseball fans who sit at Camden Yards listening to him paint a picture of the game before them. As a longtime season-ticket holder, I am going to think long and hard about returning my renewal notice with the voice of the Orioles gone.

Len Arzt

Bethesda

Will playing talent exit, too?

If Peter Angelos doesn't want to keep the best in the business in the broadcasting booth, why should fans have any faith that he will put the best on the playing field? Separated at birth: Peter Angelos and Marge Schott.

harles C. Baum

Baltimore

Source of pride

With all the money the Orioles have invested in quality players, I cannot imagine not making the same investment in broadcasters. Fans appreciate Jon Miller's perspective far more than we would an absolute "homer." His association with the Orioles brings pride to this city and to this fan.

Peggy Drake

Baltimore

Not a great loss

Jon Miller is leaving. So what? We don't need a part-time announcer who can't root for his own team. I have long wondered why the Orioles would put up with someone who spends half his time going between other assignments. It didn't bother me if he criticized the home team for its mistakes, but it was annoying the way he would be just as excited when the other team scored. Get someone good, someone who wants a full-time job, someone who isn't afraid if you can tell he's the Baltimore announcer, and no one will even remember Miller.

$Bob and Jeannie Staehling

Woodbine

No 'homers' needed

Orioles fans are baseball sophisticates who appreciate the nuances of the game. They do not need coddling by "homer" announcers. Jon Miller's knowledge of the game, wit, style and objective analysis make him the consummate baseball announcer. Baltimore baseball will be diminished without him.

Stephen Hiltner

Randallstown

Angelos doesn't want truth

I couldn't believe it last February when HTS unloaded John Lowenstein. Now, I can't believe that Peter Angelos has let go the quintessential baseball broadcaster. I won't compare the talents of Lowenstein and Jon Miller; there is no comparison. However, they both tell it like it is. Now, neither broadcasts for the Orioles. Obviously, Angelos doesn't want to hear it like it is.

Larry Norwood

Baltimore

He didn't stick to the game

I, for one, will not miss Jon Miller. He knows a lot about baseball, but his problem is his verbosity. He talks too much during a broadcast about the past. It seemed he was more concerned about displaying his knowledge of the game. He's at his best when talking about the game.

Robert M. Hubbard

Cockeysville

Leave pep rally to fans

So Jon Miller's every call doesn't gush with praise for the home team. People don't tune in to him for a pep rally. Listeners can handle that part on their own. They tune in to hear the game, which he can call better than anyone else in the business. I will continue to watch my Orioles on television and root for them, but you better believe I won't be "turning the sound down."

Linda Wasiljov

Owings Mills

One fan who's tuning out

I won't be listening to Orioles baseball anymore. How can we control the egos of owners who seem to care nothing about the fans? The damage is done.

Jerry Jeffers

Woodlawn

Good and honorable

I have known Jon Miller since our days together covering the North American Soccer League in the 1970s. He was the voice of the Dallas Tornado; I was sports editor for a small-town Florida daily covering the Tampa Bay Rowdies. Reunited in Baltimore in the 1980s, our friendship has broadened and deepened as our families shared life's disappointments and triumphs.

As Jon has steadily climbed to the top of his profession, I have marveled at not only his talent but his humanity. Jon is as good and honorable a person as he is a broadcaster, and any suggestion otherwise is a damnable lie.

The sportscasting world is rife with phoney-baloneys, "talents" whose cheerful on-air persona is often the antithesis of their true selves. Jon's sincerity, love for baseball, great good humor and joie de vivre -- which comes across so fluidly on radio -- is a reflection of his true essence. He is as you imagine him to be.

You want to find duplicity, Peter Angelos? Look in the mirror.

Michael Davis

Phoenix, Md.

Michael Davis is the former executive sports editor of The Evening Sun.

Going overboard

In response to John Eisenberg's Nov. 5 column on the departure of Jon Miller: Get a clue! Miller is one of the best announcers in baseball. However, to say that "summertime will be less entertaining" and "it will be less fun to root for the Orioles" is slightly overreacting, isn't it, John?

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