Keep Ripken for 2000Many positions need to...


Keep Ripken for 2000

Many positions need to be addressed if the Orioles are to become competitive in the future. Assuming the success of his recent back surgery, one position should be etched in stone: Cal Ripken at third base. Do not misconstrue this as giving carte blanche to an icon. It is simply the recognition of a career of excellence.

In this era of the mercenary athlete, Ripken has remained true to Baltimore. He has endured the firing of his father, release of his brother and the constant clamoring for him to rest. Imagine the untold millions the New York Yankees would have paid to have the ghost of Lou Gehrig pursued at Yankee Stadium. Yet Ripken remained an Oriole and produced year after year.

Write Ripken into the 2000 lineup. Honor his class and dignity. Let him tell us when he is done. He will not disappoint. He never has.

Rob McCracken, Linthicum

Ripken is devoted to Orioles

I guess Scott Polyniak doesn't know what a good work ethic means ("The Ripken Orioles," Letters, Sept. 12). That's what Cal Ripken has always been about, never personal achievements. He learned this from his father. It takes more than one man to make a team a contender. This year, it was lack of good pitching.

Ripken has devoted his entire baseball career to one team, the Orioles, and has achieved amazing stats along the way. He deserves every bit of acclaim he gets.

Sylvia Taylor, Westminster

Get Palmer out of the booth

As I sit and watch the Orioles on TV, I am sickened by the perennial crybaby, Jim Palmer, and his commentary.

I know he is a Hall of Fame pitcher, but now he thinks he is a Hall of Fame umpire. He likes to complain about every call the umpires make -- and he's up in the booth, not behind the plate.

I would like for him to stick to commercials and get out of the booth so that I may begin to enjoy the games.

Bob Remus, Frederick

Rosenthal off-base on O's

Why does Sun columnist Ken Rosenthal have such a poisoned tongue? I haven't met anyone who likes his style of reporting. He seems to thrive on the pain and heartache he inflicts on others. In a recent column, I noticed that he was telling Peter Angelos to fire Ray Miller, who, in my opinion, is a fine manager.

True, some of the current crop of Orioles may not have liked Miller. So what? I agree that the Orioles started off badly, but is it fair to blame Miller? Perhaps a little, but remember that he can't play for his ballplayers. Regardless of how much Angelos is paying them, the players weren't doing the things needed to win in the first half of the season.

In his column, Rosenthal referred to Albert Belle as "Stat" Albert and challenged Mike Timlin to "close" for a team in contention. Belle is the most intense player I've ever seen and certainly one of the most productive. Miller apparently agreed with Rosenthal regarding Belle's effort and confronted him once this season, when a lot of managers would have looked the other way, and Timlin did just fine in the second half.

Omar B. Wessel Sr., Perry Hall

Europeans, stay home

Mark James, the European Ryder Cup captain, feels that the European players should not return to the United States for the 2003 Ryder Cup.

Maybe they should stay home for the Ryder Cup and also stay off the PGA Tour and not share in the millions of American dollars that are available to these same European golfers.

James proves that golf is the same as all sports. The losers cry and complain while the winners rejoice in the victory.

John C. Clarke Sr., Abingdon

Moag was not entitled

If Ken Rosenthal was trying to evoke sympathy for former Maryland Stadium Authority chairman John Moag in his Sept. 24 column, he needs to choose his subjects more carefully.

As I understand Moag's plight, he used a state appointment and the state's money to entice Cleveland's answer to Robert Irsay to move his football team to Baltimore, creating a significant windfall (permanent seat licenses, stadium naming rights) for the Modell family to squander.

Moag was looking for his share of the take in the form of a commission on the team's debt restructuring, but was disappointed when his new "friends" found another place for their business.

The Moag-Modell friendship was bought and paid for with Maryland taxpayers' money, so I'm a little puzzled by Moag's sense of entitlement about cashing in on his part in the Ravens' move. More than that, I wonder why it took someone as allegedly savvy as Moag to realize that there is no honor among thieves.

Scott A. Nelson, Baltimore

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Pub Date: 10/10/99

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