How about forming an O's Study Group?
Sometimes the stupidity of the comments made by Orioles management is overwhelming.
Mike Flanagan's statement regarding trade rumors about Brian Roberts - "When I played, I hated to see my name in the paper for trades" - fits in that category.
Of course Flanagan didn't want to be traded, because he played for a winner, not the almost decade-long losers the Orioles have become. Roberts himself has suggested publicly that he might not want to continue with the team unless there is a commitment to putting together a winning team.
Unless Orioles management is able to recognize the reality of its situation, there is no hope of it ever changing for the better. Maybe what the team needs is an "Orioles Study Group" that will analyze the situation and make recommendation to the owner.
Angelos was right to be wary of Giles
Peter Schmuck's column lambasting Peter Angelos for nixing the Brian Roberts-Hayden Penn for Marcus Giles-Adam LaRoche deal was much too harsh ["Angelos' baseball instincts once again are off base," Wednesday].
An underlying question to the possible deal is whether it would benefit the Orioles beyond 2007. Certainly, LaRoche would have been an asset. He's young and has good power and good RBI potential. But there is a hard, unanswerable question about the Roberts-Giles end of it.
Brian Roberts is a proven second baseman and leadoff hitter. After reaching base, he is an instant threat to steal bases. There is no question that both players are evenly matched in batting statistics, with Giles having a little more power.
The deal sinker is that a strong consensus exists among baseball officials and sportswriters that soon-to-be free agent Giles likely would sign elsewhere after 2007.
That apparently very likely scenario would leave the Orioles next October looking for an All-Star second baseman who is an established leadoff hitter, a base stealer and last, but not least, a fan favorite in the Brooks Robinson and Cal Ripken traditions.
I know that there are people who criticize Peter Angelos for some of his internal actions as the team owner. I don't think denying this trade warrants the strong reaction expressed in Mr. Schmuck's column.
Although Mr. Angelos is a "hands-on" owner, I do believe that he has the team's best interests at heart. If he had approved this risky deal, it might well be thrown at his feet next year.