To date, the only justification offered by HTS for the blindsiding of local hero John Lowenstein is his time removed from the game. Excuse us? Today's owners seem hellbent on destroying the traditions that are baseball, but the game has not really changed that radically since Dr. Longball last made a house call to 33rd Street.
HTS has said that subscriber input will not affect its decision. Then again, Paul Tagliabue told us to build a museum because the NFL game would never again be played here. . . . We guess not all decisions are etched in stone.
Lowenstein was fun
Orioles TV broadcasts without a main part of the award-winning HTS telecast? No more John Lowenstein there to tell us like it is, with an entertaining blend of humor and baseball savvy?
As much as I am looking forward to the baseball season, this is a huge blow to my eagerness.
Jack Jenkins III
Why make change?
We watch Orioles games on HTS and really enjoy the comments and the comedy of John Lowenstein. He has always been one of the biggest reasons to watch. Why in the world would they want to change something that is so enjoyable?
Mary E. Warfield
Here is an error that can be corrected. HTS has some time to reconsider its decision to remove John Lowenstein from Orioles telecasts in 1996.
Although Jim Palmer and Mike Flanagan are qualified for such a position from a technical standpoint, they do not fill the bill from the entertainment perspective. Lowenstein does it all!
Palmer no improvement
I felt the chemistry between Mel Proctor and John Lowenstein on HTS was wonderful. Lowenstein was insightful, witty and more importantly, knew when to "commence verbalizing." This is a phrase that does not exist in Jim Palmer's mind-set.
Let's see how many times Palmer can observe a play on the field and relate that incident to something that occurred during his playing days. You'll need a separate score card to tally how many times he uses his favorite words: "I," "me" and "my."
Patrick R. Lynch
Get rid of DH
Baseball's officialdom committed a momentous error in 1973, when it established the designated hitter rule for, curiously, the American League only.
The approval of regular-season interleague play beginning in 1997 presented the perfect opportunity to correct a 23-year imbalance by abolishing the DH. Instead, the DH rule will be in effect in American League ballparks and eliminated in National League parks.
The most formidable decision a manager faces is whether to pinch-hit for his pitcher in the late innings of a close game. Since 1973, AL managers have been exempt from those tough calls.
Alan D. Mason
For more changes, baseball should introduce the DH in the National League, shorten the season to 154 games and do away with the stupid wild-card playoffs. The proposed interleague play will stimulate the dwindling attendance. No more strikes, to make amends to the suffering fans. On doubleheaders, the second game should be played in seven innings.
Joseph T. Kasprzak
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