Rimer isn't up to parI suggest WBAL...

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Rimer isn't up to par

I suggest WBAL Radio take a close look at its sports department. My objection is that Jeff Rimer continues to offer Baltimore sports fans a subpar talk show. His knowledge of facts and figures about major-league baseball is not inspiring. I suggest you ask him at any point in the season what Cal Ripken's batting average is, and, if a sports page is not available, he usually has no clue. He does little to lift his program to a level of interest. He occasionally throws a "non-homer bone" into the conversation and talks about it ad nauseam (i.e., Phil Bradley trade, Mickey Tettleton contract).

Rimer seems suited very well for play-by-play hockey. I wish he would stick to that sport.

The best sports talk show host in town is Phil Wood. His on-the-air-style, personality and knowledge (of all sports) is amazing. What is also amazing is why he broadcasts from a 1,000-watt station instead of WBAL.

James R. Considine

Baltimore

Manley decision not right

Several weeks have elapsed since the decision to reinstate Dexter Manley to the NFL. In that span of time and before, there have been few or no cries of dismay, approval or just plain indignation.

What, pray tell, did Pete Rose do that was any worse than fooling around with drugs? How many chances did Rose get to quit gambling on games before he was banned from baseball for life?

Can you wonder why there is such chaos in our society today when such blatant injustices prevail? What kind of messages are being sent to our youngsters concerning the rules and regulations that govern our behavior on the playing fields or our daily efforts in the work area?

If Manley can be reinstated to pro football, how about reinstating Rose to baseball and give Jimmy the Greek his lucrative announcing position back . . . after all, fair is fair. Are we not a forgiving society, or is this just another case of reverse discrimination?

John F. Thomas

Catonsville

Spread word on soccer

As a soccer enthusiast, I am appalled at The Sun's minimal coverage of the NCAA title soccer game between Rutgers and UCLA.

Perhaps an even greater cause to be alarmed is the fact that the United States will be the site of the 1994 World Cup. Washington is one of the cities bidding to be a host for the 1994 World Cup tournament. This is a major event not unlike the Olympics; the world's top 24 teams will be here to compete for soccer's most coveted prize, the Jules Rimet Cup (World Cup trophy).

For the World Cup to be a success, we have to support the games in each host city. Any form of soccer should qualify for a little extra exposure to make your readers more sophisticated in their knowledge.

All levels of soccer are connected, from high school to college to the professional leagues. Each of them is as important as the other, and, if they are reported upon in a good form, I feel a continuity will develop that will help Americans discover soccer.

The problem in the United States is that interest in outdoor soccer at the grass-roots level is isolated in small areas of the country -- the Northwest coast, parts of New Jersey, Missouri and, locally, Columbia, Md.

The Sun's job is to spread the news of this sport at all levels.

James S. Halle

Stevenson

Spend some money, Orioles

First we had "Why Not" in 1989. Then we had "Why Not" in 1990. "Why Not" 1991? I'll tell you why not.

The Orioles management is more dedicated to saving money than they are to winning. How many times have we heard management say we need a power hitter? I don't think Roland Hemond understands that to get a power hitter, he's going to have to spend a little money.

Hemond's previous attempts to bring a power hitter to Baltimore were with Keith Moreland and Ron Kittle. I suppose it's just a coincidence that those moves cost little money.

The Orioles need a player who will spark the club and bring it to life. The team lacks a few ingredients that would make it competitive in the American League. This means spending some money.

I'm astonished at how many players the Orioles have had a chance to acquire and didn't. To name a few: Mike Greenwell, Mike Boddicker and Harold Baines, who was quoted as saying he would love to play in Baltimore.

Do you realize what Baines would have done to this team? I believe he would have sent us soaring to the championship. Now Baines is in Oakland, where it seems every other decent player ends up, because the management isn't afraid to pay a better-than-average salary for a better-than-average team.

Willia Benson

Arbutus

Trade Orioles owner

It has been mentioned that former Orioles left fielder Phil Bradley was considering playing next season in Japan.

I have a better idea. Why not bring Bradley back to left field at Memorial Stadium, trade bottom-line Eli Jacobs to Kyoto, and send Larry Lucchino and Roland Hemond along to carry his bags.

It would make more sense than what's happened so far, and maybe Baltimore baseball would eventually get back to what it should be.

Chuck Frainie

Woodlawn

State tourney a farce

My congratulations go to the Randallstown Rams for winning the state high school football championship. However, it's time for someone to comment on the travesty that is the state high school tournament in every sport. A large asterisk should be placed next to the name of every state champion.

How can any team justifiably declare itself "state" champion when teams from Maryland's largest city aren't invited to the tournament? I'm not saying that Poly or any other team in the city would have won, but some of them certainly deserved the chance.

I doubt that other states have a similar policy. If they did, picture this scenario. The San Bernadino Central High Worm Slugs win the California state championship (Los Angeles and San Francisco teams excluded). Pretty ludicrous.

Harlan Thacker

Baltimore

Injustice for Ripken

Anyone who knows anything about baseball knows that Cal Ripken earned and deserved a Gold Glove. It's a gross injustice that he did not receive the award.

Have the managers and coaches been passed by, or are they making this a popularity contest like the All-Star vote? Based on the statistics, there was only one choice to make -- Cal. California Angeles manager Doug Rader must be caught up in the "Raiders of the Lost Art of Defense" when he makes such statements as, "He [Ozzie Guillen] does things that no records are kept for."

During the 1990 season, Ripken compiled the best defensive statistics for a shortstop in the history of baseball. But not good enough to award him a Gold Glove? How can that be?

I applaud Texas Rangers manager Bobby Valentine, who said he was "embarrassed by the actions of my peers."

Joe Krebs

Glen Burnie

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