A vote for Mustangs
I'd like to see Baltimore's possible expansion team called the Mustangs. The name leaves a hint of Baltimore football history (they could share the same field with a colt), while subtly slapping Robert Irsay for leaving town with the Colts name. Didn't Baltimore have a semi-pro football team with the "Mustangs" name?
George Thompson Jr.
Look to Fort McHenry
Considering Baltimore's unique historical past, the name for the new football team should reflect the events at Fort McHenry.
How about the Baltimore Ramparts . . . they were parts of the defensive wall at the fort. Also, ramparts are referred to in the "Star Spangled Banner."
Or, the Baltimore Cannons . . . they were the defensive weapons used against the British. Also, the nickname starts with a "C," which has a nice ring!
TCAH: Closer makes a difference
I think John Eisenberg was right on the money when he said that a team needs a good closer to win a World Series. The Blue Jays won three Series games on blown relief pitching of the Braves. The Braves got to the Series on the blown relief pitching of the Pirates. Oakland's Dennis Eckersley also looked extremely hittable in the ALCS. The Blue Jays, with the only sound closer, win the Series in six games.
I also will be surprised if the Colorado Rockies or Florida Marlins don't pick a decent closer early in the draft. After all, what will it do for their pitching prospects' confidence if every time they put in seven or eight solid innings of work, they watch some loser blow it in the ninth?
Speed up by shortening
The best way to shorten the game of baseball (re: Ken Rosenthal's column Oct. 27), is to shorten the game of baseball. I, in total seriousness, suggest that the game be reduced from nine innings to seven.
In addition to the obvious time saving, there are a few other benefits:
* Owners would save money on salaries since fewer players (primarily pitchers) would be needed.
* Fewer innings played would yield fewer injuries.
* New or regenerated interest in the game resulting from required new strategies.
* Additional fodder for the talk shows.
Crucial play ignored
Throughout the World Series everything is discussed and dissected; from how many gallons of water is thrown, to the angle of rally caps in the dugout of the trailing team.
In my opinion, the most crucial play in the Series came in the 11th inning of the last game, when Charlie Liebrandt, not someone I would consider a power pitcher, faced the powerful Dave Winfield.
Although Braves manager Bobby Cox elected to use the left-hander against the right-handed Winfield, the positioning of the fielders in this situation was abominable. If Terry Pendleton was anywhere near the third-base line, the ball would have been at least knocked down, if not fielded by him, quelling the rally by the Blue Jays.
Where were Cox, Pendleton and the baseball reporters and announcers on this situation?
Michael M. Dreyer
Don't knock Orioles
I have been an Orioles fan my whole life, I support the Orioles through the ups and downs, and it makes me angry to hear people criticize the team. OK, so the Orioles didn't win the pennant this year and maybe some of the players didn't have career years. Big deal! No one is perfect!
So they didn't win every game and maybe at times they didn't play as well as they should have. But did anyone ever expect them to be where they are today -- to be contenders? I don't think so.
If you are a true Orioles fan, you will support the team through every winning streak, every losing streak and every batting slump.
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