Readers sound off on Johnson's resignation


November 09, 1997

About the letters

The opinions on this page represent a small percentage of the letters, faxes and E-mail sent to The Sun about manager Davey Johnson's resignation from the Orioles. Most responses were edited for space.

Fan stepping down

An open letter to Orioles owner Peter Angelos:

I am writing to submit my resignation as an Orioles fan. I have been a diehard O's fan, one who bleeds black and orange, for 15 years, but your recent actions leave me no choice, as far as I am concerned.

Davey Johnson was arguably the best and unarguably the most successful Orioles manager since Earl Weaver, and you basically forced his resignation. Don't worry, the screen door won't hit him on the way out, but it might hit Brady Anderson and team MVP Randy Myers, who will have a hard time swallowing any arguments that they should accept less than their full market value and sign with the Orioles out of loyalty. I'd be surprised if they came back, even if the Orioles were the top bidder for their services.

For me, the Johnson saga was the last straw, not the first. Your decision to let Jon Miller, the great broadcaster, walk last year was no less appalling.

Thanks to your appalling lack of either loyalty or appreciation of -- quality service in the cases of Johnson and Miller, I am exercising my prerogative as a fan to find another team. This decision is irrevocable, as long as you continue as the team's principal owner.

Ranjit Dighe

Oswego, N.Y.

'97 success due to Angelos

Peter Angelos is the first owner in years who has spent money on the Orioles. As of 1997, the team payroll was in excess of $50 million and is expected to increase dramatically in 1998. This great financial support is because of Angelos. Under Angelos, the Orioles have fielded one of the great teams of the 1990s. There are 10 Gold Gloves in the infield, an All-Star pitching staff and the deepest bullpen in baseball.

The Orioles of 1997 were phenomenal, and it was because of Angelos, not Davey Johnson. Angelos fielded the best team in baseball in '97. Was it not reasonable to expect this team to make it to the World Series? I did. Ladies and gentlemen of Baltimore, Davey couldn't get the job done. Sure, Davey is the winningest active manager, but let's not forget that the three ballclubs he has managed in his career were all supported well financially.

The fact is, in League Championship Series, Davey is just one for five, with a .357 winning percentage. Let Davey manage a team like Toronto or the Tigers and let's see how far he gets. I'll stick with Angelos any day.

David Pinder


Angelos hardly a savior

To say the Angelos ownership has been a bumpy ride is to say the Hindenberg had a slight brush with gravity. This guy's a disaster and yet, sadly, he remains completely and utterly clueless. The worst part is that he continues his onslaught under the guise of being the savior and protector of his players and fans.

Let's recap: He won't field a replacement team because of Cal Ripken. TV commentator John Lowenstein has to go because he criticizes the players. Bobby Bonilla and David Wells can't be traded because we deserve to see good baseball. Jon Miller has to go because he doesn't support the home team. Davey has to go because of his handling of Roberto Alomar.

Angelos' decisions are all based on one thing: an insatiable appetite to feed his maniacal and over-inflated ego. But we all see him for what he really is -- a false prophet -- the dreaded wolf in sheep's clothing. The sad thing is, he still has no idea how the people truly feel, and what the people really want to say to him, and that is: "Stop messing up our baseball team!"

Steven Harris


Johnson disrespectful

It's a good thing Davey Johnson resigned because he would have been fired anyway. Any manager who has blatant disrespect for authority does not deserve to be an Orioles manager.

As an armchair manager who missed very few games on TV this year, I knew enough to sacrifice bunt and move the runner to third base. What happened, Davey?

Dennis J. Weaver

York, Pa.

Angelos disrespectful

Davey Johnson never got the recognition from Peter Angelos that he was due. Angelos withheld that recognition, just as a dysfunctional parent would withhold from a child he was trying to manipulate. Angelos could not even compliment Davey on his Manager of the Year award during the interviews before he explained why he accepted Davey's resignation.

Angelos will never find the perfect manager. He may find someone who will work to his liking, but what is he going to do when this manager does not win games? I may be wrong, but the fans of Baltimore wanted a winner. History will record that what happened this week was a grave mistake.

Dave Lenzo


O's heading for a fall

In my opinion, Peter Angelos has made a major blunder.

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