April 23, 2005

Helton's age, contract make deal a bad idea

Laura Vecsey's idea for the Orioles to trade for Colorado Rockies first basemen Todd Helton ["Note to Rockies: Is Helton free?" Tuesday] was a novel idea but also one apparently made by a novice "seamhead."

If the Orioles are giving up that kind of talent (Jay Gibbons, Hayden Penn, John Parrish and Nick Markakis), they shouldn't get a player who turns 32 this year and, including this year, has eight years and nearly $120 million left on his contract.

From 2001 to 2004, Helton hit .380 with 89 homers at Coors Field and .303 with 55 homers on the road, so the fact that his stats were bolstered by Denver's thinner air and the fact that he'll be 38 at the end of that ridiculous contract means Helton would never receive a contract that substantial on the open market.

So why give up so many prospects/major leaguers for a good offensive player and great defender who is massively overpaid?

The Orioles shouldn't.

Brad DeLauder Lutherville

Nationals shouldn't get the bigger headlines

It is disgraceful to look at the cover of The Sun sports section on April 15 and see a headline for the Washington Nationals' score bigger then the headline for the Orioles' score.

What's next, Redskins games on the big screen in a Baltimore sports bar?

I understand this is the first time Washington has had a team in many years, and that D.C. is very close to Baltimore, so this may be newsworthy, but on the sports front page in a headline larger than the Orioles' headline?

What's wrong with this picture?

This is Baltimore. For some twisted reason, the media seem to enjoy pushing D.C. sports on us. I realize there are a lot of D.C. fans in Baltimore, but this is still Baltimore.

Why would any Baltimorean want to read about the Nationals over the Orioles?

Damon M. Costantini Catonsville

Orioles will be harmed by stance on Nats TV

It looks as if Peter Angelos' "deal" with Major League Baseball not only gives him the power to deprive fans in the Baltimore/Washington area a choice of what games to watch on television, it also gives him the power to simply deprive cable subscribers and, at least according to Comcast spokesmen, satellite dish owners of services they are paying for.

If Angelos thinks the dictatorial powers ceded him by MLB will make the world safe for Orioles baseball, he is even dumber than he is arrogant. It will only make TV viewers hate him. It could be easy to extend that hatred to the Orioles.

MLB has obviously been stampeded by this man. TBS games were blacked out last week when the Nationals were playing the Braves - on the road!

Cable subscribers and dish owners are being deprived of services they've paid for without notice or the opportunity to oppose this policy.

Joe Roman Baltimore

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