Bashing of Orioles VPs doesn't make any sense

The absurd nature of the recent bashing of Orioles vice presidents Jim Beattie and Mike Flanagan by letter writers necessitated a reaction.

Beattie and Flanagan have acquired Miguel Tejada, Javy Lopez, Bruce Chen, David Newhan, Todd Williams and Rafael Palmeiro. Correct me if I'm wrong, but these guys are all playing pretty well.

As for missing out on other free agents in the offseason, the Orioles cannot be expected to open their pocketbooks like the Red Sox and Yankees.

A lean, well-run organization will put the Orioles in position to be competitive for years to come.

Beattie and Flanagan inherited a barren system.

Give them a chance.

David Mosner Hampden

Arguing with umpires not always smart move

There has been some flak directed toward Orioles manager Lee Mazzilli regarding a lack of on-field support for his players after close or controversial plays. I suppose some diehard fans are still living in the "Weaver Zone," where Earl could be counted upon to defend his players on the field early and often.

That's fine, but as great as Weaver was as a manager, he was not a favorite among American League umpires.

The late umpire Ron Luciano was once quoted as saying that he didn't care who won, as long as it was not the Orioles. Obviously, Luciano could not hide his disdain for Weaver.

It's a new era. There seems to be more of a fraternal feel among the umpires. The last thing a manager wants to do is get in the umpires' doghouse.

It will haunt those managers on close plays for years.

Leave Mazzilli alone and don't compare him with New York Yankees manager Joe Torre.

He's his own man.

Patrick R. Lynch Parkville

Let's not shift blame in murder of Dennehy

While the murder of Patrick Dennehy by Carlton Dotson is quite tragic, I found Laura Vecsey's column on this event to be both weak and irresponsible ["In Baylor tragedy, corrupt program should share in the guilt," yesterday].

Why does Ms. Vecsey choose to reinforce our society's pervasive preoccupation with blaming someone else? To defend (and use as the centerpiece of the article) Dotson's mother's comment about Baylor's responsibility in the death is misguided and ignorant of the true problem.

While Baylor has certainly shown itself as less than a stellar citizen in the sports world, it is not the responsibility of a college or university to "mold these kids." The university's responsibility is to educate. It is the parents' role to mold character. Period.

Paul Schiminger Timonium

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