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Announcers' treatment of Mussina is last straw

The Orioles have finally done it: They have made me a Yankees fan. I have had a difficult time listening to the amateur announcers (other than Mike Flanagan), but May 6 was the last straw.

I tried to listen to the game as I worked, but the treatment by Jim Hunter and Fred Manfra of Mike Mussina was too annoying. It is so obvious that they are told what to say by Peter Angelos or his flunkies. I have thought that their continuous raving about Mike Bordick was over the top, but the defense of Angelos and criticism of Mussina makes that pale by comparison.

Moreover, they should have noted that WIYY, which flew the 98 Rock banner that they kept talking about (critical of Mussina), is also owned by WBAL. Mere coincidence?

I turn down the sound on the TV because I can't stand Michael Reghi and Jim Palmer. Now I do hope Cal Ripken retires so I can forget the Orioles entirely.

Len Moodispaw Crownsville

Angelos left Mussina no choice but to leave

What is the big flap about Mike Mussina, and why he "sold us out for more money"?

It's a question of personalities: Peter Angelos is a control person, accustomed to having things go his way. He has become extremely wealthy primarily by handling class-action lawsuits, where his enemy is some big, hated corporation.

And his clients? Well, they are some poor souls stricken by some addiction or problem beyond their control and eager to get a few dollars in return. To them, Angelos is the savior.

But Mussina was a different case. He was not someone with his hand out looking for a few dollars. Mussina had something of value to sell. He's a darned good pitcher and also has a mind of his own.

After being toyed with for two or more years, he finally reached the breaking point and grew tired of the never-ending hassle. Money was no longer the main criterion; he probably would have gone to the Yankees for anything they offered him.

If I were wearing his spikes and had as much money as he has, I would have done the same.

Oscar Sinibaldi Towson

Ripken as part-timer is right move by Orioles

I am writing in response to the reader who was angry about Cal Ripken being made a part-time player ["O's demotion of Ripken unfair and unnecessary," May 6].

While I agree that Ripken was, and is, an incredible player, I applaud the Orioles' decision.

During Cal's streak, he was not just a full-time player, he was an all-time player. He was able to play shortstop or third base for 2,632 consecutive games over 16 years, without anyone else being able to play even one game at his position.

There are only 30 professional full-time third basemen in all of Major League Baseball, and I think it's time to give someone else a chance to play this position for the Orioles.

Rob Wecker Glen Burnie

Hope is on the way at Ravens' camp in July

Well, the Yankees came to town with their obligatory entourage of obnoxious fans, and toted along their $88 million pitcher and former Orioles ace Mike Mussina.

They not only swept us in four games, but the kicker was that Mussina capped off the sweep with the win in the fourth game. Most Orioles fans would consider the thought of all this to be nothing short of agonizing, but not me.

Come on, O's fans, think about this: At any given time, about a couple hundred thousand people were watching the Yankees sweep the Orioles in a virtually meaningless baseball game in early May.

Four short months ago, almost a half billion people around the world saw the Ravens absolutely crush and embarrass New York's other darlings, the Giants. Cheer up, Baltimore sports fans, Ravens training camp starts in July.

Tom Bullinger Jr. Timonium

Losing best, brightest leaves O's in sorry shape

Several years ago, the Orioles went wire to wire to win the American League East. Pat Gillick was their general manager, Davey Johnson the manager. Rafael Palmeiro was at first base, Roberto Alomar was at second, and Mike Mussina was the No. 1 pitcher. All the best at their positions, all in their prime. The future looked rosy.

Then, Peter Angelos made his moves. Today, not one of the above is associated with the team.

A once-proud franchise is in disarray without much hope for the future, and Angelos is considered one of the worst owners in all baseball.

The true baseball fan has little to look forward to and is left in utter frustration. It is not a pretty picture.

Frank Mannel Joppa

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