Coverage of Redskins is disgrace in this city I have to...

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July 28, 2002

Coverage of Redskins is disgrace in this city

I have to once again voice my utter disgust in your paper for continuing to provide coverage of the Washington Redskins in the sports section. This is supposed to be a paper devoted to the state of Maryland and the city of Baltimore, not Washington. Your continued coverage of the Redskins is an utter disgrace and belittles the intelligence of your readers.

No one here cares about Steve Spurrier and Daniel Snyder. If you wish to continue covering this abomination in our local sports section, then undoubtedly you are going to lose more readers. I get the paper to read about our sports, not Washington's.

I wish to continue to be a loyal reader, but when you put all the Washington stuff in our paper, it goes to the bird cage.

Jeffrey A. Werner Bel Air

Down on the farm, Orioles have no talent

"The future of the Orioles rests with `The Kids.' Go with the youth movement. Abandon the free-agent market."

All of that is fine if you have a farm system.

Take a peek at the stats of the Orioles' minor-league clubs.

At Triple-A, there is exactly one player batting over .300 (Larry Bigbie). At Double-A? No one over .285.

There are three Single-A clubs. Combined, there are four over .300. One has 15 at-bats, another has 31.

How would these guys fare in the bigs? They wouldn't reach the Mendoza line. I don't see any Curt Schillings or Pedro Martinez-types down there, either.

People curse teams like the Yankees, Braves, Red Sox, Dodgers, Diamondbacks, etc., saying they "buy" players.

The truth is most of these teams get their talent from the farm system or through trades of prospects for established stars. The Orioles have no one anyone wants down at their farm.

It's sad to see fans root for a team that doesn't have a clue. The problem starts at the top. The Orioles need a serious upgrade at the scouting position.

A few dollars from those asbestos lawsuits might go a long way, Mr. Angelos.

Jeff Mariner Timonium

Fans should strike and send a message

Now we have an impending strike by baseball players. My idea to help baseball? A fans' strike!

Let's see what happens to ticket prices, players' salaries, beer prices, etc., if only the players and umpires show up for the games.

While the owners and players realize what they have done to our once-proud, wonderful, affordable pastime, we fans can go and watch Little League, sandlot and high school baseball for free.

Tom Conroy Catonsville

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