August 06, 2005

Mazzilli's firing caps week of woe for O's

What a lovely week it has been for Orioles fans! Lee Mazzilli's firing was analogous to tossing deck chairs off the Titanic. What good will it serve? Horrific timing. They should have waited until the end of the season.

And what about the "two-headed" general manager, Mike Flanagan and Jim Beattie? Do they not also deserve as much of the blame for the team's failures as Mazzilli? I should think so.

The ineptitude of this organization is enough to drive away any proven major leaguer from playing here for an extended period.

Being a staunch Orioles fan, I still have to ask, is it any wonder that the purple and black own this town? By his actions, Mr. Angelos reinforces that every summer.

Patrick R. Lynch Parkville

Manager got no support from O's front office

Mr. Angelos, now that you have fired the manager, may I suggest you give pay raises to the two outstanding co-leaders that gave him such outstanding players as Sidney Ponson - whom the Orioles were able to pawn off on the Giants before giving big bucks to come back as a worthless blimp.

Then there are those outstanding relievers Steve Kline and Steve Reed and outfielder Sammy Sosa, to mention a few.

You still owe the leaders a bonus from their outstanding trades of last year.

Bill Goodling Seven Valleys, Pa.

Palmeiro revelations sad, hard to believe

The news about Rafael Palmeiro and steroids really shocked and saddened me. There are so few professionals in any sport that fans, both young and old, can admire these days. The Orioles have more than their share. Palmeiro and B. J. Surhoff are two who immediately come to mind. Now one has disillusioned so many of his admirers. Palmeiro has hurt Orioles fans and all of baseball. Let's pray that Surhoff never will.

I don't want to believe that Palmeiro's record is tainted, but the evidence is now starting to point that way. I thought Jose Canseco's accusations were just to inflate the sale of his book. Now, I don't know. So far, Palmeiro's denial to Congress in March and then his weak explanation of the current situation seem to imply that there's more than a little truth in Canseco's revelations.

Say it ain't so, Raffy ... with proof!

Ron Parsons Arnold

Would a shot of juice cure what ails Orioles?

The solution for the Orioles' downfall is for the whole organization to go on steroids. The benefits to the players will be obvious. They could alternate the 10-day suspensions when the drug tests come back positive.

Trust me, some players missing 10 days will actually help the Orioles. Plus, Peter Angelos won't have to pay them.

The coaching staff, general managers and Angelos himself could all use a little more juice right now. What have we got to lose?

Dan Anthony Riva

If you believe Palmeiro, there's a bridge for sale ...

To those expressing shock and disbelief over the Rafael Palmeiro story, please forward all rose-colored glasses and tickets for the coming Elvis comeback tour.

Was Palmeiro in Washington to get tips from the politicians on how to sidestep the truth? No, he already knew how.

Bill Maile Union Dale, Pa.

For fan, shocking news is a breach of trust

I'm sure I fall in line with many Baltimoreans as well as baseball fans across the nation when I say I am disappointed, angry, and betrayed by Rafael Palmeiro's breach of our trust.

Baltimore fans stood by Palmeiro as he emphatically told Congress, "I have never used steroids. Period. I don't know how to say it any more clearly than that." We blasted Jose Canseco's tell-all book. We stood by Palmeiro when he started slowly this season. We said "I told you so" as he neared 3,000 hits.

On July 15 in Seattle, Palmeiro made baseball history. If only the moment were not so fleeting.

Less than three weeks later, we come to find that Palmeiro knew in May that he had failed a drug test. He knew as he hugged every teammate and accepted every congratulatory high-five and handshake in Seattle that darker days were on the horizon.

Jayne Andrews Baltimore

For fallen star, blame falls solely on him

I just don't understand why Rafael Palmeiro felt it necessary to ingest steroids, especially at this time in his career. He was going to get his 3,000th hit without steroids. He also has the power numbers with a swing that looks as effortless as any I have ever seen. He does not need to bulk up for his swing to be effective.

He was the last person I would have suspected to be taking steroids. He convinced me that he was never on the juice at the congressional hearings. I think I have never been more disappointed in a ballplayer in my life. It's a shame that his fans and the media are always going to cast him in this negative light. But it's his fault, and he has nobody to blame but himself.

Phil Bauer Bel Air

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