Miller bears responsibilityOrioles owner Peter Angelos...


June 06, 1999

Miller bears responsibility

Orioles owner Peter Angelos recently said that the fans and sportswriters who want Ray Miller fired have a "lynching mentality," and he asked "how the manager was responsible" for the team's last-place standing.

I will leave the insults to Mr. Angelos -- I'm sure he is better at them than me -- but I will answer his question.

Miller has failed to earn the respect of the players and fans due to many blunders and mishandling of situations and individuals. If the problem is the players, as Angelos contends, then that is one major coincidence.

Nearly all of these guys have had great, productive seasons under other managers (Davey Johnson, for one).

Now, suddenly, under Miller, they all develop into lazy underachievers? I think not.

Lee Moore, Frederick

Belle lacks fundamentals, too

Since Ray Miller is so incensed about the inability of his pitchers to execute fundamental plays, maybe he also ought to take a look at his right fielder, Albert "Quiet Man" Belle.

What is more fundamental than an on-deck batter's responsibility to signal to his teammate whether or not to slide at home? Belle, however, thinks otherwise.

On close plays at the plate, Belle continues to take practice swings in the on-deck circle, leaving his teammates vulnerable to being thrown out, or worse, subject to possible injury.

Sure, Miller can rant and rave over the deficiencies of Juan Guzman and Mike Timlin, but berating Belle is a different matter.

It's the same old story with this team -- players of so-called star quality receive deferential, hands-off treatment at all times while the remainder of the squad bears the brunt of the criticism.

Morton D. Marcus, Baltimore

Finally, Miller shows spunk

The article "Miller miffed at sloppy pitchers" by The Sun's Joe Strauss that appeared in Thursday's paper is the most encouraging commentary from Orioles manager Ray Miller that I have read this year. It appears to me that Miller has been reborn.

That good-guy image has now been discarded and he is justifiably calling his pathetic pitchers on the carpet. The sloppy performances by Juan Guzman and Mike Timlin should be subject to appropriate fines and discipline.

The manager has every right to publicly discipline deplorable pitching conduct.

And to see these high salaries being dumped down a black hole of despair is depressing for all Orioles fans.

Three cheers for Miller for finally coming back to life.

Walter Boyd, Lutherville

Lacrosse seats don't sit well

As Baltimoreans, we love lacrosse and the men's NCAA tournament.

But perhaps we don't love it enough anymore to travel many miles each way to Byrd Stadium and pay $20 for a seat 40 yards behind the end of the field, when the entire stadium upper deck, affording great views, is empty and closed off to the paying fans.

Next year we'll watch the games on ESPN2.

A great opportunity to promote the sport is being wasted.

W. J. Valis, Towson

Golf coverage below par

I have been comparing The Sun's coverage of both national and local golf with the coverage in the Washington Post, and there is no comparison to be made.

It's about time that The Sun increased its coverage. A futile attempt was made on Thursdays last summer, and it looks as if there is no follow-up being provided in 1999.

Pro golfers at least earn their money, and that says more than that inept group impersonating the Orioles.

Roland Bark, Baltimore

Travis made his mark

Joe DiMaggio fully deserved the praise he received in the wake of his death earlier this year. But lost in the story of his 56-game hitting streak in 1941 is the fact that he finished third in AL batting average behind Ted Williams at .406 and Cecil Travis at .359.

Travis came up with the Washington Senators in 1933 at the age of 19, and over the next nine years hit for an average of .327. He led the AL in hits in 1941 with 218. Shortly after that season he was inducted into the armed forces and didn't return to baseball until late in 1945.

By then, the war had sapped his baseball skills and he was out of the major leagues by 1948. But for the ravages of the war, Travis may have made it into the Hall of Fame.

Quentin D. Davis, Aberdeen

Pub Date: 6/06/99

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