March 03, 2007

Millar perfect fit for mediocre O's

Peter Schmuck's column ("For Millar, it would be hair today, win tomorrow," Monday) indirectly points out exactly why the Orioles have had nine straight losing seasons. Kevin Millar's argument - let players grow facial hair and they will have a shot at a winning season - is not only absurd, but it's also a bit embarrassing that he's considered a leader of this team.

The reason the Orioles have had nine straight losing seasons is that they continue to sign and give ample playing time to mediocre players like Millar.

Living in San Francisco, I get limited opportunities to see the Orioles play. When they came to Oakland last September, I could hear Athletics fans around me laughing when Millar stepped to the plate after their once-beloved Miguel Tejada had ripped his third hit of the game to left-center.

"No wonder Miggy is so disgruntled in Baltimore; he's got Kevin Millar protecting him in the lineup," a fan said.

I told that fan to expect to see Millar in an Orioles uniform in 2007 because surely the Orioles will re-sign him. Millar had found a comfort zone in Baltimore, as many mediocre players do.

Apparently, all it takes to get signed by the Orioles is to say that you really love playing in Baltimore. Have the Orioles ever made the decision to not sign a guy after he says he likes to play there?

I guess that's all it takes for a front office that has been rejected so many times over the past few years.

The Orioles made some decent signings this offseason, but for Peter Angelos and his front office, yes, you should be blamed for nine straight losing seasons.

Take it from Kevin Millar. Just please don't listen to him.

Alexander Hill

San Francisco

Letting Thomas go bad move by Ravens

It's wonderful to see how important the Ravens consider their fan base. It's certainly a stroke of marketing genius to raise average ticket prices about 24 percent after one good year.

Is owner Steve Bisciotti trying to keep abreast of Constellation Energy's price increases?

It is also nice to see that the Ravens are following the New England Patriots in preserving the character of the team.

After the history of "bad actors" that the organization has kept and defended, letting Adalius Thomas, a true gentleman and humanitarian, go is ludicrous.

Jim Kirby


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