It appears major changes are almost certain to improve the great game of baseball. It would have been easy to say if it ain't broke don't fit it! But now baseball understands that the fans' expectations and requirements are changing with the times, so the quality will improve.
I would like to introduce my plan for a revised playoff format. This would include two additional teams in each division. The third-place team would play the second-place team, then the winner would meet the first-place team. The only difference the third-place team would have to win three games to advance and the second-place team would need two wins.
When either team played the first-place finisher, they would need to win three or two games, depending on where they finished during the regular season, and the first-place team would need only a single victory! This gives teams a chance but gives better odds to the team that finished higher. The World Series would stay the same.
No Olson fan
I think the headline on Peter Schmuck's story of Feb. 28, should have been, "With the game on the line, call for the flopper."
If statistics mean anything, in the past five years, Gregg Olson has contributed about 5 percent to the Orioles (per year).
For a player making the outrageous salary that Olson makes for the amount of work he does, I think Roland Hemond better wake up.
Settling for BaySox
I am about to go through a second season where there is no possible way I could watch my hometown team play baseball at their new stadium.
First of all, you can't purchase tickets, especially at the last minute. Call me nostalgic if you must, but I miss the days I could, especially when my son wanted to go. Unfortunately, due to the commercialism of the new stadium and the importance of making the almighty buck, that option no longer exists.
Whatever happened to spontaneously deciding to attend a game? Why would anyone trade a 52,000-seat stadium for a 48,000-seat stadium, whether it's new or not?
Yes, I'm the little guy. I don't have the money to purchase seats on a regular basis or any of the Orioles' so-called season-ticket plans. I only wanted to be able to go when I could.
I have as yet to see the new stadium, and the possibility exists that Inever will, as long as the team stays competitive.
However, there is the possibility that the team will someday become lousy again and tickets will always be available.
Still, I'd rather see a winning team on TV than a losing team in a beautiful stadium in person.
So look at the sacrifices the little guys are willing to make for the team and the lack of sacrifices the team is willing to make for the little guys who have been life-long fans. I think it's a shame, but at least the BaySox are in town for a summer.
Jim Henneman's article of Feb. 6 on the Bowie BaySox playing at Memorial Stadium this season mentioned that it was ** thought this was the first time both a major-league team and minor-league team played in the same city. Such is not the case, however. It has happened at least three times this century.
The first was in 1900 in Chicago when the Cubs and the National League gave Ban Johnson and Charles Comiskey permission to place their American League team in that city's south side. The American League was then a minor league.
The second was in 1914-15 when the Cleveland Indians moved their top minor-league affiliate from Toledo to Cleveland in order to keep out the Federal League, then claiming minor-league status.
The third example took place in Baltimore! Both the International League Orioles and the Federal League Terrapins were in town in 1914, across 29th Street from one another. The Feds claimed they were a third major league and the people of Baltimore thought so, too, because they supported the Terps and ignored the Orioles.
Owner-manager Jack Dunn of the Orioles had to sell off his better players, including Babe Ruth, in order to make it through the season. In 1915, the Terrapins had Baltimore to themselves after Jack Dunn took his Orioles to Richmond, Va.
Why not the Studs?
Our former pro-football team was named after Maryland's great horse breeding history.
Therefore an appropriate name for a new team could be the Baltimore Studs. The band wouldn't even have to change lyrics.
gene L. Franz
More name games
Boogie Weinglass was right: all the good names are already taken. Especially the one that was taken from us -- the Baltimore Colts.
I feel that Mr. Weinglass, of all the prospective owners, just may have the intestinal fortitude to use my suggestion.
The NFL franchise should be named the Baltimore Hoosiers. And if the Indy folks don't care for that -- then let's talk. I'm sure we could reach some agreement concerning the two names that have so much tradition and history.
Michael K. Beatty
So, Baltimore's NFL team -- when it happens -- may be called the Bombers or the Cobras. Please, owner-to-be, don't even think about it! It's bad enough that the network TV logo has been two football helmets smashing into each other. Our local and national fans don't need one more reminder of the deliberate destruction and death in our land.
On the positive side, how about: the Bravos, Bugles, Bay, Sailors, Pilots, Captains or Commanders. Or, if we can get it back, the Colts. We could help Indianapolis become the Copy Cats or, better yet, the Racers.
I was saddened to learn about the passing of Terry Reardon, Baltimore's "Mr. Hockey."
I was fortunate to have met Mr. Reardon one day in 1970 when my cousin and I rode the bus from Catonsville to the Civic Center. Once inside, we took the elevator, and guess who was standing next to us? My cousin and I looked at each other and realized it was the Clippers' coach and general manager. We introduced ourselves and told him we would like to get some photos of our favorite players.
Goalie Andy Brown was mine. Mr. Reardon gladly obliged and we got several great-looking glossies (including one of Brown), and I still have them. Mr. Reardon even gave us a record of the Clippers' fight song. It was pure hockey heaven. And while it was over 20 years ago, I still savor the memories.
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