Letting Murray leave is another O's mistake Eddie...

LETTERS

November 18, 2001

Letting Murray leave is another O's mistake

Eddie Murray's departure is another step in the Orioles' relentless drive toward mediocrity.

While the Orioles' management and its flacks laud Terry Crowley as being the best batting instructor in baseball, the fact is that the Orioles were the worst-hitting team in the major leagues.

Are the Orioles saying that without Mr. Crowley's expertise, the team would be worse than worst? Or are the players accumulated by management just totally inept?

It is inconceivable that the Orioles would not keep Mr. Murray as the batting coach and as an example of what a major-league baseball player is supposed to be.

Although owner Peter Angelos said in a radio talk show last year, "We know what we're doing," the team's record indicates otherwise. Mr. Angelos must understand that despite his proclivity for spinning the truth to suit his needs, the facts are published each day during the season in the newspaper in what is called "The Standings."

Ken Gelbard Towson

Orioles lose last links to club's winning era

The last remaining links to the Orioles' winning days are going.

Brady Anderson had one great year when he had the opportunity to lead off in front of a powerhouse lineup that required opponents to pitch to him.

Eddie Murray saw an opportunity to grow as a coach and with a winning organization.

With Cal Ripken retired, this organization has nothing left to draw fans other than the ballpark.

I think the novelty of the ballpark will evaporate once the fans have realized that this organization has such poor management - and it will be many years, if ever, before a winning team draws back fans.

A once-proud organization is now among the bottom feeders of the league. Thank you, Mr. Angelos.

Charlie Dorsey Pasadena

Twins shouldn't be part of baseball contraction

Baseball's contraction plan stinks, but I'm especially upset about the inclusion of the Minnesota Twins.

The Twins are not a troubled expansion team. As the Washington Senators, they were a charter American League club. Their franchise's rich history includes classic World Series (1924 and 1991) and popular Hall of Famers (Walter Johnson, Harmon Killebrew and Kirby Puckett).

Instead of contraction, I propose relocation. I'm sure Washington, D.C., would love to get its old team back. Do not discard such a storied franchise.

Kevin Wells Glen Burnie

Watching Ravens game can be quite painful

The feeling I get watching a Ravens game must be a lot like what it would feel like pulling your own teeth out with a pair of pliers ... without novocaine. And thanks to the Ravens, I completely understand the meaning of the adage, "It's better to be lucky than good."

After every game, does coach Brian Billick run up and whisper, "I love you, man" in defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis' ear? If he doesn't, he should.

And besides giving Billick a slap on the back and a hug after a Ravens win, what is Matt Cavanaugh's job? I know his title is offensive coordinator, but, seriously, what does he do?

On the positive side, they should keep a camera trained on defensive end Michael McCrary for an entire game and use the subsequent video as a parental training tool on teaching kids about dedication, determination and a great work ethic.

That guy's as close to a sports hero as I'll ever find.

Dave Etheridge Hampstead

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