Let's face the facts: O's in for long season Since he's...

LETTERS

March 31, 2002

Let's face the facts: O's in for long season

Since he's a lawyer, I certainly hope Orioles owner Peter Angelos knows the difference between a goal and an expectation ["Angelos sets .500 as O's goal," March 21].

This is a team that went 63-98 last season and made almost no off-season moves. Nothing was done to improve the pitching staff. The Orioles are still in dire need of a No. 1 pitcher and a closer. They're relying on Scott Erickson, who hasn't pitched since July 2000 after ligament replacement surgery, to be their No. 1 starter.

The offense lacks power and is relying heavily on Tony Batista to bounce back from a poor season in 2001. The Orioles also are banking heavily on David Segui and Mike Bordick to bounce back from injury-marred seasons and be productive regulars in the lineup.

A little spring training optimism never hurts, and the Orioles might surprise a few people if everything breaks right. However, with all the question marks the team is facing, Mr. Angelos should be preparing himself for what could be a long, difficult season in 2002.

Ed Doheny Bel Air

Having late draft picks isn't a good situation

I almost rolled out of my chair laughing when I read a quote from the Ravens' director of college scouting, Phil Savage, in The Sun on March 26. Mr. Savage stated that because this is probably the best college draft, depth-wise, in seven years, "I'm glad we're not picking in the top 10 because it's really going to be difficult to separate all those guys."

I'm sure that all the current teams picking in the top 10 are furiously looking for ways to trade their top-10 selections away, so they can pick much lower in the draft. After all, who wants all the responsibility of trying to choose the next superstar of professional football from so many possibilities?

I certainly hope the Ravens don't get tricked into trading away their "prized" low draft choices for a "top 10" pick. Maybe the Ravens, with guidance from the cunning, super-intelligent Modell boys, can trade even further down in the draft by offering two or three, maybe even four, of their highest draft picks to the Patriots for their lowest picks.

The Ravens may have to add money or a starting player from their already depleted roster, to entice somebody to take the deal, but it certainly would be worth it! Then it would be much easier for the Ravens to separate the cream from the curd when making their draft choice.

Ron Parsons Glen Burnie

By slighting Driesell, UM diminishes his impact

In response to last Sunday's letter ["Driesell was to blame for his UM dismissal"]: Not inviting Coach Driesell to the final-game ceremonies at Cole Field House certainly seems to indicate an effort to keep some people who were a huge part of Maryland athletics hidden in the past.

To slight Lefty is to diminish the positive impact he made on the program during a period of tremendous athletic accomplishment at Maryland. Yes, he used poor judgment at times, but he revived Maryland basketball with a fervor that continues to this day. The history of Cole is incomplete without him.

Perhaps, in this instance, the Christian response would have been to graciously extend Driesell an invitation to join his players and old friends to provide them a final opportunity to collectively reflect on the many glorious moments they shared at Cole.

Mary Lou Lane Chesapeake Beach

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