Orioles ups and downs

September 23, 2001|By Joe Strauss

UP -- Bud Selig

This time, the commish got it right by stopping the games. The next step will be to roll over the current labor agreement through 2002. But where was the "sanctity" of the 162-game schedule in '94 and '95?

DOWN -- Ticket speculation

The warehouse was flooded by calls from irate fans who paid exorbitant prices for seats to tonight's "Ripken farewell." Hey, it wasn't the Orioles who scalped the tickets. A bit of perspective, folks.

DOWN -- Syd Thrift

The vice president of baseball operations didn't accompany his listing team to Toronto. How come he doesn't have to watch?

UP -- Jeff Conine

Cancel the secret ballot. Conine is Orioles MVP by acclamation. The honor has a bonus as well. The last four team MVPs (Randy Myers, Rafael Palmeiro, B.J. Surhoff, Delino DeShields) have left town before the end of the next season. Some things money can't buy.

DOWN -- The plan

The Orioles intend to jump headfirst into a shallow free-agent pool this winter after being disappointed by position players acquired during their 2000 purge. Multi-year contracts to aging, backsliding talent. Hmmm ... Isn't that the approach the Orioles once swore to abandon?

UP -- Gearhead Cal

The Iron Man turns a new double play today - from Baltimore to the NASCAR MBNA/Cal Ripken 400 to a helicopter back to Camden Yards. Question: Does Bobby Labonte have to run 2,632 laps before stopping?

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