Malone tells Phillips: mind own business O's assistant GM says umps' rep 'fulfills agenda' with Alomar criticism

February 09, 1997|By Buster Olney | Buster Olney,SUN STAFF

Kevin Malone, the Orioles assistant general manager, responded to umpires' lawyer Richie Phillips yesterday, saying he should mind his own business.

Phillips criticized the statement by Orioles owner Peter Angelos that he would pay second baseman Roberto Alomar during his five-game suspension, which he received for spitting on umpire John Hirschbeck. On Friday, Phillips said, "When you pay someone during suspension, what you are in effect giving them is a paid vacation."

Malone said yesterday: "Who is [Phillips] to judge? Richie Phillips has enough problems of his own without getting into the concerns and policies of Peter Angelos and the Orioles."

Orioles officials have felt all along that Hirschbeck escalated the spitting incident with inappropriate language, and that Phillips has pilloried Alomar as a means to strengthen the umpires union.

"He used Robbie to serve his own interests," said Malone, "and to fulfill his own personal agenda. He should just take care of the umpires and help them be the best they can be at their profession and let Peter Angelos run our organization. I think it's unconscionable the way he's used Roberto Alomar to further his own agenda.

"Before he criticizes Peter Angelos and the Orioles, he should take a long look in the mirror and look into his own heart and evaluate his own motives. Roberto Alomar has apologized and once someone does that, it's time to move on."

Pub Date: 2/09/97

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