Angelos is no baseball sageTo Peter Angelos:I have been a...

Letters

October 11, 1998

Angelos is no baseball sage

To Peter Angelos:

I have been a die-hard fan of the Orioles since my father started taking me to games at Memorial Stadium when I was 4 years old, some 28 years ago. I have remained a loyal fan through thick and thin, and will always do so. However, I have some grave concerns over what has transpired over the past six years.

First, let me say that I appreciate your willingness to spend money to obtain and/or retain great talent. However, once you have these people on your payroll, you truly need to let them do just what they were hired to do. I have seen entirely too much great talent, recognized throughout baseball, come and go from the Orioles. Some have resigned, and others were fired or not given a contract. The resignees, in large part, did so because you would not allow them to do their jobs. I understand that

sometimes it is hard to delegate, but this goes beyond that.

You have made your fortune as a lawyer, mainly settling asbestos suits. You have done a great service to the country by making the hazards of asbestos known to us. Does this make you a qualified "manager" of the Orioles?

Mr. Angelos, I am going to say something to you that I believe no one on your staff has the courage to say. Simply because you are the majority owner of a team does not make you a baseball sage. For the sake of those of us who love the game, put your ego aside and let your people do the jobs they were hired to do.

Amy M. Krueger

Bowie

Foss, Angelos deserve blame

As the curtain closes on another Orioles season, we should take time to thank those individuals responsible for the downfall of a once-respected and stable organization -- vice chairman Joe Foss and owner Peter Angelos.

These two men conspired to drive the reigning American League Manager of the Year out of town after reaching the AL Championship Series two straight years, ignored the advice and suggestions of a proven general manager who has two World Series rings, and allowed a brilliant assistant general manager to leave town.

Foss and Angelos also constantly blocked trades designed to improve the team for the future.

Too bad Jerry Hoffberger isn't still the owner. Davey Johnson would still be here and Pat Gillick and Kevin Malone would be under long-term contracts, as would Rafael Palmeiro and B. J Surhoff.

Thanks, King Peter, here's hoping you're happy. But why shouldn't you be? Your right-hand man is the court jester!

Joe Neuheimer

Baltimore

Don't forget Lenny Moore

A few weeks ago, Sun columnist Ken Rosenthal compared the Colts of old with the Ravens in the area of skill positions. He named Johnny Unitas, Raymond Berry and Alan Ameche.

Alan Ameche? He was a Heisman winner, a fine running back who was injured and left the game at a young age. His 1-yard plunge won the "Greatest Game Ever Played." However, Rosenthal again exhibited his total lack of Baltimore sports knowledge by omitting the best all-around athlete on the team, Lenny Moore.

In his career, Moore scored 111 touchdowns, rushed for 5,174 yards (a gaudy 4.8 yards per carry) and gained 6,039 yards receiving (16.6 yards per reception). He's also enshrined with Unitas, Berry, Jim Parker, Gino Marchetti and John Mackey in the Hall of Fame.

Get a clue, Ken.

Jim Kirby

Columbia

Maris worthy of tribute

I would like to compliment Sun columnist John Eisenberg on his fine tribute to Roger Maris on Sept. 7. It is wonderful that Maris is now receiving the praise he should have received in 1961.

Ford Frick conditioned fans early in that season to more or less ignore the home run race between Maris and Mickey Mantle -- saying, basically, that if Babe Ruth's record were broken, it would not be "for real," because the ball in 1961 was lighter and the season was longer than when Ruth achieved his feat.

Thank you, Mr. Eisenberg, for using the printed word to express how many of us have felt.

Stephanie Verhage

Baltimore

Pub Date: 10/11/98

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