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July 05, 1998

O's free fall no surprise

I am not surprised by the Orioles' pitiful self-destruction. I expected it. I must admit it is a surprise at how early in the season they fell apart. I figured they'd get to July before the implosion, but May?

You can't blame the GMs. They have no real authority. Ray Miller is a lousy manager (Tom Kelly got the Twins to the World Series really fast after Miller was canned), but it's not all his fault, either. The players may be old, slow, tired and lazy, but they're just the guys that management put out there to begin with.

You can blame it on one thing: King Peter I. Any owner who runs the Manager of the Year out of town on a rail, yet supports a prima-donna, hot-dog second baseman who spits on umpires deserves what he gets.

Bill Glaeser

Oxford

Miller lacks spark

Since the Orioles have died on the vine, all the talk and speculation about trades has to come after manager Ray Miller has been replaced. You can't fault the veteran players for failing to create team enthusiasm when the manager has less personality than the team owner.

Every time Ray Miller appears on television, he looks as if he is preparing to attend his best friend's funeral. A manager with some spark and enthusiasm can go a long way in rebuilding a dismal team.

Walter Boyd

Baltimore

'Sacred cow' Ripken

Why are readers steamed at Ken Rosenthal for his critique of the dramatically underachieving Orioles? I found his recent comments refreshing, amazingly obvious and long overdue. Cal Ripken will be a Hall of Famer for sure, but one gets the feeling he sets the tone with his stubbornness that is almost bordering on arrogance. Ray Miller is too timid to deal with the issue of Ripken's streak.

This team lacks chemistry for a variety of reasons, but chief among them is its sacred cow mystique of Cal Ripken and all the other "old boys." The fans here deserve better. No one is suggesting Ripken retire, but his productivity is down and the Orioles are ridiculously overrated. Drastic changes are in order, and Rosenthal is absolutely correct. Great job!

John Burke

Baltimore

Rosenthal tells truth

Enough of the Ken Rosenthal bashing. This good sportswriter shows his true colors by telling it like it is. This takes guts, something most Baltimore writers don't have. The truth is, the highest-paid team has no depth. Norm Charlton, Doug Drabek, Pete Smith, Terry Mathews -- give me a break!

Paul Jacobs

Ellicott City

Give O's a break

I don't like baseball, I love baseball! I'm a season-ticket holder. I listen to sportscasters and fans, experts all. Everyone's right -- and wrong. If we cannot complain, preach, advise, know all, who can?

But if I owned the Orioles, I'd make any decision I wanted, right or wrong -- great ones, lousy ones. It's my money, my team.

If I were an Orioles pitcher, I'd pitch my heart out -- go for the perfect game every time. Sometimes I'd look like Roy Hobbs, sometimes an old man. I'd pitch every ball, every time to every player with one thing in mind -- get 'em out.

If I were Cal Ripken, I'd do what I do now -- play every day to the best of my ability, do a good job, understand that most of my critics are as frustrated as I am that the Orioles are not up to speed. I'd still be out there every day doing what I do best -- being the best.

And if I were Roberto Alomar, Rafael Palmeiro, B. J. Surhoff, Eric Davis or Brady Anderson, I'd play my heart out every day, hit huge hits, run, steal, field impossible balls -- and sometimes make lousy choices like swing at bad pitches, hit into double plays, make errors. I'd always try to remember that the fans can get frustrated and I can be an easy target for the immature. I'd play to win -- every day.

As a fan, I get upset over strikeouts, sloppy fielding, poor base running, pickoffs, slumps, missed opportunities. I also cheer for every hit, walk, steal, home run, great fielding, "their" strikeouts. Everyone wants to win.

Give the Orioles a break. They give you their best. Why can't you?

Sheilah Kleiman

Columbia

Easier competition

I'm all for interleague play and want more of it: Say, between the Orioles and the Eastern League!

Quentin D. Davis

Aberdeen

Seaman has character

In the days following Tony Seaman's "resignation" as lacrosse coach at Johns Hopkins, there was much debate on the local and national lacrosse scenes regarding Seaman's departure. Most of the debate focused on wins and losses or championships and recruiting.

One thing, however, that cannot be debated is the kind of person Tony Seaman is. Case in point:

Last summer, a retirement party was held for former Sun sports reporter Doug Brown, who has since passed away. Brown had covered lacrosse for The Sun and Evening Sun for several decades, and all local college lacrosse coaches were invited to attend the party at his house in Anne Arundel County. One came -- Tony Seaman.

Perhaps the powers at Hopkins think they can find a better lacrosse coach. I know they can't find a better person.

Marc Bouchard

Towson

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Pub Date: 7/05/98

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