Monday, April 19, 2010

Woes of the O's

The Orioles are seeing some dark times. Currently ranked last in the entire Major League, and claiming only two wins in 13 games, there is little cheer in Charm City. After 9 straight losses, the only ray of light came with yesterday's win against the Athletics. Hopefully, this will give them the confidence they need to take on Seatle for the next three days. The team has not seen post season play since 1997, and dispirited fans already see no hope for this season. In the last 12 years, the Orioles have seen their once proud organization become the punchline of the American League. Those who follow the team place most of the blame on the love child of Emperor Palpatine and Rodney Dangerfield, Cockmaster of the Board, Peter Angelos.

Angelos deserves this blame mainly because he cannot leave managing the team to the managers. He blocks trades and goes through managers like an incontinent octogenarian goes through Depends. Since Angelos fired Davey Johnson in 1997, the team has not finished above .500. Recently, it was rumored that Angelos turned down assistance from Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr. An article released from FoxSports stated that Ripken wanted to rejoin the franchise in an administrating/coaching capacity, but Angelos rejected the proposal arguing that he didn't want Ripken to get credit if the team improved. Angelos is rabidly denying such a meeting with Ripken even occurred. Since Angelos is not known to be forthcoming with the truth, fans are left in a frustrating limbo, and are awaiting someone, i.e. Andy MacPhail, to either confirm or deny the story. This, along with the Orioles' dismal record and disastrous start has many fans lamenting the loss of yet another season.

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2 comments:

GM-Carson said...

Camden Yards is a beautiful place to see a ball game. It's a shame the stadium houses such a shitty team.

The Oriole Way said...

I completely disagree with this analysis. All evidence points to a hands-off approach from Angelos since he hired MacPhail, and the Ripken report seems suspect. Why on earth would Angelos tell Ripken--or anyone--that he didn't want him to get the credit? Why wouldn't he say "MacPhail is in charge and I don't want to do anything that would put that perception in jeopardy"?

He's been a terrible owner for many years, but the events of the past few years suggest he has altered his behavior.