Angelos' reputation scares off top talent John...

LETTERS

September 02, 2001

Angelos' reputation scares off top talent

John Eisenberg's column of Aug. 26 says that reaching the goal of a balanced youth-veteran mix will not be easy for the Orioles. I say it will be impossible while Peter Angelos owns the team.

He has the money and, at one time, I thought, the intelligence to hire capable front-office management to do the job. Actually, he's already done it several times.

However, because of his insatiable ego, and his failure to let people do the jobs that he's paid them for, he has driven them from the Orioles into the waiting arms of other major-league teams.

You can check the front offices of most successful major-league teams and usually find an ex-Orioles person there. Angelos will not get many more chances to hire the best because his reputation tends to scare off any available ones.

Ron Parsons

Glen Burnie

Orioles getting Rolen is simply a pipe dream

In response to a reader's letter urging the Orioles to sign Scott Rolen in the off-season, please do your homework.

First of all, Rolen isn't a free agent until after the 2002 season, so the information is incorrect to begin with. Second, do you honestly think that the Phillies, a contending team unlike the Orioles, would let their franchise player go for nothing in return?

Let's get back to reality here, delusional Orioles fans.

The only way for the Orioles to get Rolen is for him to sign as a free agent after next season. That's not going to happen for two reasons: The Phillies will sign him to a lucrative, long-term contract, or they will trade him before next season's trading deadline to avoid getting nothing in return should he leave as a free agent.

And do you think the Phillies are dumb enough to trade quite possibly the best all-around third baseman in the game (taking into account his Gold Glove defense) for the "talent" that the Orioles would have to offer? No way.

Sorry, Orioles fans, the only time you'll see Rolen at Camden Yards is as an opposing player. It's a pipe dream.

David Engle

Severn

Is Angelos behind Ripken farewell tour?

Nice marketing plan, Mr. Angelos. I am so sick and tired of hearing about Cal Ripken's farewell tour.

Nolan Ryan never had a farewell tour. Tony Gwynn does not currently have a farewell tour.

Only someone like Mr. Angelos would think of making money at someone else's expense.

Seeing Ripken through the eyes of the media over the past 15-20 years and the way he conducts and presents himself makes me believe that this farewell tour was not his idea.

Ripken does not like the sun to be shinning on him, and enjoys going to the ballpark every day and playing baseball. If not one media member would come up to him before or after a game, I suspect there would be no complaints from the Iron Man.

Every day there is media coverage of this wonderful marketing plan, most likely orchestrated by Mr. Angelos. Who else would be more interested in making as much money as he can as opposed to putting a winning team on the field?

Again, only one man comes to mind: Mr. Angelos.

Jordan Tobin

Columbia

Dilfer has stat that counts: Super Bowl championship

With regards to the letter by Bernard Gordon that was printed in The Sun on Aug. 12 ["Sure, he wasn't the best, but Dilfer deserves better"], I could not agree more with him.

Mike Preston has written sarcastically about Trent Dilfer. John Eisenberg has done the same.

I do not think that either one of The Sun's columnists should so demean the efforts of someone who made a valuable contribution in bringing the NFL championship to Baltimore.

Would Mr. Preston or Mr. Eisenberg preferred it otherwise?

Dilfer has the accomplishment of winning the Super Bowl. That is more valuable than any statistic.

Pamela Smith Wachter

Baltimore

Rahman's antics make Baltimore blush

Here in Baltimore, we take pride in being the hometown of perhaps the classiest and most respected figure in perhaps all of professional sports, Cal Ripken. His character has reflected upon Baltimore a light of greatness and respectability that cannot be taken for granted.

Unfortunately it seems that the people of Baltimore have done just that in recent years. During the Ray Lewis incident, Baltimore citizens not only turned a blind eye to our Super Bowl MVP's indifference to a murder and misleading of authorities, but they in fact chastised media for "making it an issue."

As Ripken's retirement draws near, I had hoped that our city's image would once again be associated with his dignity and class. However, recently it seems that Baltimore is receiving more attention for another, Johnny-come-lately champion instead: Hasim Rahman.

Rahman's surprising win over former heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis thrust him upon the world's sports stage, and along with him his hometown of Baltimore. For many (if not most) people in other nations, Rahman is the first glimpse they have had of a Baltimorean. Unfortunately, that glimpse has been a regretful one.

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