A time to waste
The Orioles' recent 10-7 loss to the Chicago White Sox, in which the Orioles led 7-2 going into the eighth inning, could have been averted if Todd Frohwirth learned how to be around the plate without throwing strikes.
Every solidly hit ball in that inning hit the strike zone, and thhitters were ready for it. It is a shame that Frohwirth didn't waste some of the pitches because the White Sox hitters were so eager to swing, and the Orioles might have been out of the inning without too much difficulty.
With Frohwirth's type of pitching, he could have easily fouled the White Sox up by throwing pitches that appeared to be strikes but were out of the strike zone. It may be helpful for pitching coach Dick Bosman to work with Frohwirth a little more in this regard.
Another observation has to do with Cal Ripken and his jumping bean movements at home plate. Ripken is becoming fun to watch because it is almost like he is coming out of a jack in the box as he goes up and down with these movements. Is all of this necessary? Probably not, because he is not hitting that well with this type of movement. It may be well for the batting coach to get him back to the style that is more comfortable rather than jumping around all over the plate and seemingly at times out of
position when the ball hits the inside corner.
Raymond D. Bahr
Baltimore If we ever needed proof of the old adage, "You can't please all the people all the time," there are the letters knocking Jon Miller that appear every so often in The Sunday Sun.
It is difficult to imagine a more proficient baseball announcer than Miller. Start with his preparation. Whether broadcasting for his hometown Orioles or two National League teams on the Sunday night ESPN game, which he has had little opportunity to see, he sounds as if he's been following them since spring training. He has a vast knowledge and respect for the history of baseball both recent and long past. He sets up his broadcasting partners to their best advantage (not always easy) and his comments on the finer points of the game are illuminating to novices as well as the dyed-in-the-wool fan. Like only the best of his peers, he knows how to paint a picture.
What offends some people, I think, is a trait of his so unusual in sports announcers that one might suppose it has been outlawed -- a sense of humor. This is a game, folks. Kick back, enjoy, smile a little, it's supposed to be fun.
The most recent critic, Amy Hosford, was really complaining about the profession as a whole. By saying, "We only need scores . . . a ballgame minus charts and mouth," she has eliminated every announcer I've ever heard.
We've been blessed in Baltimore with some great teams and some great announcers, from Ernie Harwell to Chuck Thompson to Jon Miller, a level of quality that's about as rare as a triple play.
Let the Ripkens go
Eli Jacobs, stick to your policy of player salaries. I admire you! Just because a person is a good businessman, why does he have to give excessive pay to employees? I say let Cal Ripken go his own way and send his brother and father as company for him. I am anxious to see what another team will give him his outrageous demands for money.
As far as attendance, next season -- Cal Ripken or no Cal Ripken -- the novelty of the new stadium will start to wane and attendance will drop a little.
Concentrate on the pennant
On a recent radio broadcast, it was mentioned that Cal Ripken had stated that he has had trouble concentrating because of his contract negotiations. It must be tough worrying that you might get stuck with only $30 million for a whole five years. I imagine Ripken is already being paid pretty well to play the game and do his worrying on his own time. I'm only a year older than Cal, and I can still remember when pennants were important. If he checks the standings, he might see that the Orioles still have a realistic chance of winning one.
Give Cal a break
In rebuttal to the letters written Aug. 2 by Sallie Hering and Bob Weis -- I think it is very unfair how people are criticizing Cal Ripken. He's a very good shortstop and one of the best baseball players ever. Just because he is not doing as well as he was last year, there is no reason to turn your backs on him. He's still a good hitter and a great shortstop. After all, with all the pressures he has on him, he's under a lot of stress. So, give him a break and leave him alone.