December 16, 2006

Angelos' meddling hinders Orioles

Let's be honest, Jay Payton never has been, is not and never will be an RBI machine.

Will he be a positive addition to a team that obviously has a hard time attracting marquee-type players? Only time will tell.

I'd like to be a fly on the wall when free agents discuss their options with their agents. Baltimore has developed a long-term losing tradition, thanks in no small part to the ownership. I wonder what is said behind closed doors to discourage ballplayers from signing with this organization.

Mr. Angelos is not an astute decision-maker when it comes to making strides toward improving his team. He went off on a different tangent when he chose to decline the proposed deal with the Braves. Had that deal been made, it would have vastly improved the team, especially from an offensive perspective.

Mr. Angelos made his decision to decline that deal because of his relationship with Brian Roberts, probably the hometown team's fan favorite. Angelos never ceases to amaze (and amuse) me. That decision was based on emotion. When will he let baseball people make the decisions they were hired to make? If Angelos put his enormous ego on hiatus, I'm absolutely convinced this team would improve. Until then it's more grueling years of attempting to achieve .500 baseball.

And that's not acceptable. The fans of this ballclub deserve better, as faithful as they have been the past decade.

This coming season, Tampa Bay will surpass the Orioles so they can become the cellar-dwellers they were destined to be under Mr. Angelos' tenure.

Patrick R. Lynch


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