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LETTERS

July 04, 2004

Is Angelos working to keep Orioles in last?

Am I the only person who sees Orioles owner Peter Angelos making moves to keep the team in last place as a deliberate strategy aimed at preventing baseball in Washington?

Frankly, if the team is terrible and attendance suffers, Mr. Angelos can attempt to show Major League Baseball that even a modest decrease in ticket sales from the current level would be a disaster for the team financially.

Instead of fighting the D.C. battle, which appears to be a done deal, why not put a winner on the diamond at Camden Yards? It would be nice to see a packed house again, both for the team and for the fans.

Baltimore boasts the nicest ballpark in the major leagues and has a loyal fan base that will support a team through up and down years.

However, Mr. Angelos' current strategy feels more like sabotage than rebuilding, and I won't support that effort one iota.

Eric Brotman Timonium

O's didn't lose much by trading Bautista

Regarding the Orioles' trade of starter Denny Bautista to the Kansas City Royals for reliever Jason Grimsley, the question is: Was Bautista really a prospect?

With an ERA of 18.00 in the majors and nearly 5.00 at Double-A Bowie, I hardly think he is a prospect.

If one's ERA is above 4.00 in Single-A and Double-A, how does he expect to get batters out at he Triple-A level and in the majors?

I think the Orioles should have received a little more in return for Bautista, but maybe no other team is fooled by the team's "pitching prospects" as the Orioles were in obtaining them.

Rebuilding a team does not necessarily mean using all rookies and second-year players. You need established veterans to guide and mentor them while they learn their craft.

Bautista for Grimsley is a start. Next trade, the Orioles should trade for some starting pitchers.

Rick Layton Crofton

Mayor forgets impact of D.C. and Va. money

When I heard that Mayor O'Malley said that he doesn't care if D.C. got a baseball team or not, he must have forgotten about all those D.C. and Northern Virginia tourist dollars spent around town.

In a time when he is literally crying like a baby, saying the woes of the city budget is everybody else's fault but his own, he wants to try to turn away some of the money that keeps this city running.

When you have a $40 million shortfall, you fight for every dollar you can get, especially if it isn't coming out of your constituents' pockets.

Joe Collins Jr. Baltimore

Orioles need to focus on one thing: pitching

Ray Miller knew the answer. So did the late George Bamberger and Rex Barney: Front-line pitching will trump top-tier hitting 95 percent of the time.

Angelos has to allow Mike Flanagan and Jim Beattie to pursue starting pitching with a vengeance, whether it be through free agency or via trades.

There is no way the Orioles can compete with the Yankees and Red Sox with their current patchwork starting corps. It also has become painfully evident that the way to the top is not through beefing up the lineup with accomplished hitters.

Yankees owner George Steinbrenner will always be the top dog with his open-pockets policy to purchase good hitting.

With our stellar offseason acquisitions of proven major league hitters, the Orioles are still, at best, a .500 team.

Go for the arms, Mr. Angelos. It's the only way to revive the glory days of Orioles baseball.

Patrick R. Lynch Parkville

Remember Angelos tried to get NFL team

Peter Angelos is against having a Major League Baseball team located in the Washington area due to its proximity to Baltimore and the effect it could have on the Orioles' attendance.

Is this the same Angelos who once tried to lure the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to Baltimore despite its proximity to the Washington area and its football team, the Redskins?

Tony Hall Pasadena

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