Don't trust LucchinoLarry Lucchino was quoted June...


Don't trust Lucchino

Larry Lucchino was quoted June 7 as saying: "When the ownership transfer occurred in 1988, I had authority to do what I thought was good for the team. We made the Eddie Murray deal, we traded Mike Boddicker and Fred Lynn during that time period."

Based on what Lucchino got in return, let's hope he is not allowed to handle anything if the team is sold again.

W. Donald Bell


7/8 I have been an avid Orioles fan since I attended Opening Day in 1954. I have supported the team through the good and lean years. Since the Orioles won the World Series in 1983, they have been on a decline.

1989 was a year in which many Orioles players played way over their heads. Take Jeff Ballard, for example. In 1989 he was 18-8. Since then, he has been a woeful 6-18. A decent pitcher in the major leagues should not give up more hits than innings pitched. If he does, usually he is not very successful. Ballard's major-league stats are not impressive at all.

Why are the Orioles holding on to Juan Bell? He can't himajor-league pitching. He's certainly not a very intelligent base-runner. He is the only player left from the Eddie Murray trade. Swallow some pride and unload him.

If the Orioles want to keep rebuilding, that's fine, but bring up some of the younger players from the farm system and let them play. Pitcher Dave Johnson is another they should try to unload, and what the Orioles see in Brady Anderson is something I just don't understand. To trade Mike Boddicker for this clown has to be one of the biggest jokes in Orioles history. If the team only had him back now, I know we would not be as low as sixth place. I would love to see the Orioles sold to a group that knows and likes baseball and would not be too afraid to spend money or make some trades.

The Orioles made a terrible mistake by extending Roland Hemond's contract for two years. If given the chance, I'm positive that Doug Melvin could move into the GM position and turn this club around in a couple of years.

, But that's wishful thinking.

Ron Lease Sr.


Babe Ruth Park

Even though Babe Ruth played his big-league career in Boston and New York, he had his beginning in Baltimore. Born in Baltimore, he was steered in a baseball direction by Baltimore people.

Without the help and interest shown in him by native Baltimoreans, Ruth's life could have taken a different course. Fortunately, this good beginning in the city where he was born provided the country with the greatest ballplayer of all time.

The new stadium should be named Babe Ruth Park.

A. Bill Kearns


A Jim Abbott fan

Roger Clemens and Nolan Ryan are good at what they do, and whenever they pitch, the crowds are overflowing. But there is one pitcher I would rather see or read about and he is Jim Abbott of the California Angels. His manager, Doug Rader, had to defend him as their top amateur draft pick in 1988. When he was in a slump early this season and his critics wanted him sent down to the minors, the pitching coach said: "They send him down and I'm going with him."

He is now pitching tremendously.

With his ability and determination, and with his manager anpitching coach in his corner, he just might prove the doubters wrong. Why all the fuss? Abbott is one athlete you have to see to understand and to appreciate.

Frank Urbanski


Smoker answers

I could not quite understand your printing of a letter by Lou Benson in your sports section June 16. This gentleman expresses his disdain for being exposed to passive smoke while attending baseball games. He states that the non-smokers are a majority and should do something (as in banning smoking).

This is the overreaction, by such people, that we smokers have to endure. In other words, "There are more of us non-smokers than there are smokers, so let's jump on them because it's bad for us."

Yet in the process of entering and exiting sports events, this person will walk through the parking areas surrounding the stadium, where an unseen cloud of deadly carbon monoxide hovers, as it is being belched forth by hundreds of motor vehicles. This presents a much more dangerous hazard to the human body than whiffing passive smoke.

Therefore, Mr. Benson, shouldn't we also ban vehicle parking? Perhaps a safe range of 1,000 feet from the sports area would be preferable. But then, I doubt this would be acceptable, because you would then look for another gripe. How about this? Ban the sales of hot dogs at sports events, because you are offended by the smell of onions being exuded by the surrounding fans.

In my opinion, such people should stay home in a controlled atmosphere, and watch or listen to sports events. Find another avenue to complain about, such as the crime wave, taxes or politicians.

Wayne Maisenholder


Take another look

Excuse me, please, but would everyone out there upset about the Finley-Schilling-Harnisch-for-Davis deal please jump off the bandwagon and get the correct perspective.

Yes, I know the three Orioles were fan favorites (mine, too), but the Orioles did trade from their strength. And, yes, Pete Harnisch and Steve Finley seem to be having great years so far . . . but Houston's spacious gaps are suited for Finley's line drives, and the Astrodome's deep fences are suitable for Harnisch's long fly balls. If Glenn Davis didn't get hurt, he'd also be having a very typical, productive year as evidenced by his more-than-decent start. In that scenario, you second-guessers out there would not even have given the trade a second thought, and you would have to look for something else to complain about. So please knock it off.

Neal G. Kopasek


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