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April 11, 1999

Johns should've been punished

There's no excuse for Orioles manager Ray Miller allowing Doug Johns to pitch Wednesday night, just two days after he was charged with drunk driving and possession of marijuana.

As a middle school teacher and high school coach in Baltimore County, I often ask my students and players, "Who is a role model? What is exemplary behavior?" They often ask me in return, "Why don't athletes who earn a million dollars a year have to behave themselves?" It's a terrific question.

I acknowledge that Miller has a difficult job managing the Orioles, but he does have the obligation to uphold certain values, to shape, to teach, and to mold his players. Had it been a World Series game, he still should have benched Johns for a game, fined him and asked him whether he wants to be a kid or play baseball for a living.

But this wasn't a World Series game. It was the second game of the season against the Devil Rays. Miller lost more than a game Wednesday night. He lost a golden opportunity to teach a valuable lesson to Johns, to the team and to a lot of young people about what's really important.

Joshua Wolf, Baltimore

Cut Kamieniecki loose

The Orioles' payroll and ticket prices keep increasing, yet it seems like it's going to be another year of letdowns.

One that comes to mind is right-handed pitcher Scott Kamieniecki maybe spending another year on the disabled list. He has been on the DL longer than the number of innings he has pitched.

If the Orioles are looking for someone to stay on the DL, I am available to help them out, at one-third of Kamieniecki's salary.

It's time to move on. Give another young arm a chance; at least he will be there when you need him.

I wish the Orioles well this year, but it's time to get rid of Kamieniecki.

Jim Zimmerman, Bel Air

Rosenthal: enough is enough

The Sun's Ken Rosenthal has done it again. In his column that appeared on Opening Day, he wrote a negative article about Orioles right fielder Albert Belle, reminding us in great detail about Belle's past behavior.

He went on to talk about his temper display in the clubhouse last month during spring training. This particular event was not worthy of reporting then and certainly now now.

I realize that Mr. Rosenthal's motives are to create controversy and to draw attention to his insig- nificant self, but enough is enough.

Wouldn't it be great to bring back the likes of former Sun columnists Bill Tanton and Bob Maisel, who provided intelligent and objective reporting?

Unfortunately, today's style of journalism doesn't allow for this.

Bill Davis, Oxford

Ravens ignoring defense

Will someone please tell new Ravens coach Brian Billick that of football includes playing defense as well as offense?

Having cornered the market on just about every available non-starting tight end in the NFL and after acquiring quarterback Scott Mitchell from the Detroit Lions and pursuing Warren Moon, the Ravens ought to be renamed the "Second-Stringers."

With clearly the worse defensive secondary in the league, the team continues to talk about picking another quarterback with its first-round selection in next weekend's NFL draft.

Why not draft quarterbacks with every pick? That way, each quarterback will have his own private tight end to throw to.

Billick is trying assiduously to construct a team that will score about 30 points a game. Unfortunately, his defense, the way it is currently assembled, will allow about 35.

Morton D. Marcus, Baltimore

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Pub Date: 4/11/99

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