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Readers in full throat over loss of O's voice

THE BALTIMORE SUN

May not renew ticket plan

Until Jon Miller's exit, I defended Peter Angelos' moves. But allowing Miller to go is a Baltimore tragedy that ranks with the exit of the Colts. Miller is beloved by thousands of Baltimore baseball fans who sit at Camden Yards listening to him paint a picture of the game before them. As a longtime season-ticket holder, I am going to think long and hard about returning my renewal notice with the voice of the Orioles gone.

Len Arzt

Bethesda

Will playing talent exit, too?

If Peter Angelos doesn't want to keep the best in the business in the broadcasting booth, why should fans have any faith that he will put the best on the playing field? Separated at birth: Peter Angelos and Marge Schott.

harles C. Baum

Baltimore

Source of pride

With all the money the Orioles have invested in quality players, I cannot imagine not making the same investment in broadcasters. Fans appreciate Jon Miller's perspective far more than we would an absolute "homer." His association with the Orioles brings pride to this city and to this fan.

Peggy Drake

Baltimore

Not a great loss

Jon Miller is leaving. So what? We don't need a part-time announcer who can't root for his own team. I have long wondered why the Orioles would put up with someone who spends half his time going between other assignments. It didn't bother me if he criticized the home team for its mistakes, but it was annoying the way he would be just as excited when the other team scored. Get someone good, someone who wants a full-time job, someone who isn't afraid if you can tell he's the Baltimore announcer, and no one will even remember Miller.

$Bob and Jeannie Staehling

Woodbine

No 'homers' needed

Orioles fans are baseball sophisticates who appreciate the nuances of the game. They do not need coddling by "homer" announcers. Jon Miller's knowledge of the game, wit, style and objective analysis make him the consummate baseball announcer. Baltimore baseball will be diminished without him.

Stephen Hiltner

Randallstown

Angelos doesn't want truth

I couldn't believe it last February when HTS unloaded John Lowenstein. Now, I can't believe that Peter Angelos has let go the quintessential baseball broadcaster. I won't compare the talents of Lowenstein and Jon Miller; there is no comparison. However, they both tell it like it is. Now, neither broadcasts for the Orioles. Obviously, Angelos doesn't want to hear it like it is.

Larry Norwood

Baltimore

He didn't stick to the game

I, for one, will not miss Jon Miller. He knows a lot about baseball, but his problem is his verbosity. He talks too much during a broadcast about the past. It seemed he was more concerned about displaying his knowledge of the game. He's at his best when talking about the game.

Robert M. Hubbard

Cockeysville

Leave pep rally to fans

So Jon Miller's every call doesn't gush with praise for the home team. People don't tune in to him for a pep rally. Listeners can handle that part on their own. They tune in to hear the game, which he can call better than anyone else in the business. I will continue to watch my Orioles on television and root for them, but you better believe I won't be "turning the sound down."

Linda Wasiljov

Owings Mills

One fan who's tuning out

I won't be listening to Orioles baseball anymore. How can we control the egos of owners who seem to care nothing about the fans? The damage is done.

Jerry Jeffers

Woodlawn

Good and honorable

I have known Jon Miller since our days together covering the North American Soccer League in the 1970s. He was the voice of the Dallas Tornado; I was sports editor for a small-town Florida daily covering the Tampa Bay Rowdies. Reunited in Baltimore in the 1980s, our friendship has broadened and deepened as our families shared life's disappointments and triumphs.

As Jon has steadily climbed to the top of his profession, I have marveled at not only his talent but his humanity. Jon is as good and honorable a person as he is a broadcaster, and any suggestion otherwise is a damnable lie.

The sportscasting world is rife with phoney-baloneys, "talents" whose cheerful on-air persona is often the antithesis of their true selves. Jon's sincerity, love for baseball, great good humor and joie de vivre -- which comes across so fluidly on radio -- is a reflection of his true essence. He is as you imagine him to be.

You want to find duplicity, Peter Angelos? Look in the mirror.

Michael Davis

Phoenix, Md.

Michael Davis is the former executive sports editor of The Evening Sun.

Going overboard

In response to John Eisenberg's Nov. 5 column on the departure of Jon Miller: Get a clue! Miller is one of the best announcers in baseball. However, to say that "summertime will be less entertaining" and "it will be less fun to root for the Orioles" is slightly overreacting, isn't it, John?

Listening to Miller was enjoyable. It wasn't "one of the great simple pleasures of living in Maryland." Do you get out much, John? Many Orioles fans will miss Miller, but true baseball fans will still enjoy the game for the way it's played, not how it's announced.

Tim Lott

Perry Hall

Cheerleader? No thanks

It's difficult to grasp Peter Angelos' rationale for not retaining Jon Miller -- that Miller doesn't bleed orange and black. Baltimore fans are regarded as the best in baseball. We are also some of the most critical, knowledgeable and supportive fans. Miller reflected those traits and was quick to point out both mistakes and great plays. Some advice to Angelos: The only cheerleader needed at an Orioles game is the Oriole Bird.

Richard J. Harrison

Bel Air

What's the big deal?

We cannot understand the furor over Jon Miller's departure. What is the big deal? He had an opportunity to go to anther area and he accepted that. We believe Peter Angelos in his statement regarding Miller's departure; so another announcer will come along. Several of The Sun's sportswriters have been unjustifiably critical of Angelos. Let's look forward to a new season and a new announcer and wish Miller continued success in San Francisco.

David J. Preller Sr.,

David J. Preller Jr.

Towson

Integrity lost

Peter Angelos' desire to replace Jon Miller with a company shill that "bleeds orange and black" represents a lack of understanding of Miller and the integrity he stands for. Sadly, this fan, who has "bled orange and black" for decades, will bleed it no more. With the departure of future Hall of Famer Miller, the essence of baseball in Baltimore leaves as well.

Bill Henley

Easton

A voice for the fans

The only consistently superior performance of the Orioles organization has been Jon Miller's play-by-play. He gently coaxes appreciation for the game with understated eloquence and wit. No strident "homer," he speaks for the fans rather than for the owner. For Peter Angelos to discount Miller's ability to hold and expand the Orioles' radio audience is unfathomable and shows the owner's lack of feeling for the game.

David Kirby

Baltimore

The truth hurts

Jon Miller made listening to a radio broadcast a pleasure. He's witty and knowledgeable. Miller simply tells it like it is, and Peter Angelos can't handle that.

Andrea R. Mobley

Ellicott City

No comparison

Jon Miller is not a 100 percent "homer," a small price to pay for the best announcer in baseball. There is no doubt that he contributed to the Orioles' bottom line. The remarkable fan support the Orioles enjoy, despite usually mediocre teams, is partially attributable to Miller. His extraordinary abilities make dull games interesting. Comparing Miller to Fred Manfra is like reading a poem compared to a bureaucrat's memo.

Evans Paull

Baltimore

Making a list

Peter Angelos and Joe Foss must be pretty difficult to work with. Frank Robinson -- gone. Brooks Robinson (participant at Orioles fantasy camp) -- gone. Orioles' annual cruise -- gone. Eddie Murray (only wanted for No. 500) -- probably gone. Jon Miller -- Gone. Who's next? Cal Ripken?

Samuel L. Gaugler

Baltimore

A disgrace

For Peter Angelos to let go Jon Miller, the best in the business, is disgraceful. Miller does baseball like no one else, and I will miss his analysis and enthusiasm for the game. As usual, Angelos gets his way no matter what the public outcry is.

elvin A. Mazer

Baltimore

Owner out of touch

Letting Jon Miller go is another black mark on the Orioles' organization. He is without a doubt the best announcer in the game, and the funniest. Peter Angelos is way out of touch with what the average fan thinks about Miller.

teve A. Hilken

Owings Mills

Miller not a pleasure

Jon Miller was the most caustic, critical, and negative sports announcer I have ever had the displeasure of listening to. I gave up listening to Orioles radio years ago because of him. Miller has a great voice, but he can't carry Chuck Thompson's microphone.

Randall Miller

Baltimore

O's lack credibility

I was there for Earl Weaver's farewell in 1982, the 1983 World Series, Fan Appreciation Night after starting 0-21, the 1989 "Why Not?" year, the final game at Memorial Stadium, Opening Day at Camden Yards, the All-Star Game, Cal's night and Eddie Murray's 500th. I saw Brad Komminsk climb the wall and disappear. I remember "Martin Marietta Night" at Memorial Stadium in 1960 when I missed the program's Lucky Number by one digit, and my dad came home the next night with a new glove, claiming someone made a mistake reading the number. Now, I go to games with my son. Folks like me fill the ballpark each night, buy the beer, and take home the novelties.

Jon Miller was sent packing because he did not bleed sufficient quantities of black and orange or "promote" the team adequately? I don't see a lot of empty seats at the ballpark. Miller creates interest in baseball, and thus interest in the Orioles. We do not need another cheerleader for the team. The scoreboard instructions are plenty. Orioles fans are not stupid; to infer we can't handle honest opinion insults those who fill the owner's pockets. We love baseball. Miller is one of the reasons.

Joe Foss' claim that the Orioles needed their broadcast rights in place before negotiating with talent is disingenuous. There was no such concern last winter when the team hired a manager before a general manager, contrary to conventional thinking. One can hardly claim that having Miller under contract would devalue the rights. Which station would object? The "hidden agenda" was not Miller's, but the Orioles'. I put substantially more faith in what Miller says than Foss. Perhaps that's the point. Miller has credibility, and the Orioles right now have precious little.

John R. Penhallegon

Glen Arm

Is Angelos listening?

I am 8 years old and I think that Jon Miller can say whatever he wants about the Orioles because if they are a bad team, they are a bad team. Miller is so good that listening to him is almost better than watching the game on TV. Maybe, since Peter Angelos is at all the games, he doesn't have a chance to listen to Miller. I think he should listen to Miller on the radio and he would hear how good he is. I listen to the most of the games on radio, so I know that Jon Miller is one of the best radio announcers in America.

Anders Hulleberg

Baltimore

Good riddance

Perhaps a "majority" of one doesn't count, but I can no longer read all this syrupy adulation given to Jon Miller. He is going to move to San Francisco? Great! He was more interested in being cute or funny. Hey, Jay Leno is on every night.

Phyllis Miller

Towson

Miller for fans in the know

For those who come to Camden Yards to do the Macarena and have the scoreboard tell them when to cheer, a cheerleading announcer is just what the owner desired. For the rest of us who enjoy the game for what it is, Jon Miller's departure is another example of an owner's hubris slowly cheapening something once very special: Orioles baseball.

I wish Miller the best in San Francisco and thank him for keeping us company on so many summer nights. Meanwhile, I'm off to Circuit City to see if they sell satellite dishes that will pick up San Francisco radio stations.

cott A. Nelson

Baltimore

As for the replacement...

Please, Mr. Angelos -- NOT Josh Lewin!

Owen Connolly

Baldwin

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Pub Date: 11/10/96

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