O’s Losing Culture Must End

June 01, 2010 | Chad Lamasa

I just finished reading Chuck Thompson’s autobiography. Not sure why it took me so long to read, but I just discovered the book amongst a bunch of stuff and figured it was time. It was a great book and if you haven’t read it, I would recommend doing so.

There is a quote near the end of the book, attributed to Jerold C. Hoffberger, National Brewing Co. president and president of the Orioles starting in 1965. “If you act like a winner, you’ll be a winner; show me a good loser and I’ll show you a consistent loser.”

Have truer words been spoken about the current crop of Orioles? They are all so resigned to losing now, none of them get fired up about it. The culture is so ingrained in them it no longer matters.

Think about it, Brian Roberts is in his 10th season, and Nick Markakis, his fifth. Neither have played in a game that matters in their careers. Weiters hasn’t yet either. Give him time though, I’m sure he will. It will just be for the Yankees or Angels, or Dodgers.

Let’s trade him and Matusz and give them an opportunity to become the players people think they can be. It’s not going to happen in Baltimore. As much as it pains me to say it.

I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if Weiters is already counting down the days until his contract expires and he can get out of here.

But in all honesty, can you blame the players for feeling that way, when it starts at the upper echelon of the organization? Peter Angelos made $40 million on MASN last year, so what difference does it make if the Orioles are competitive or not?

Andy McPhail is constantly saying we can’t compete against the Red Sox and Yankees. Tell that to the Rays.

Granted, they have much better players at virtually every position than the Birds do, but they don’t have an insane payroll. Last time I checked they had the best record in the MLB. Meanwhile the lowly O’s, as called by an Indians broadcaster during their last series against each other, have the worst record in the MLB.

It’s pretty bad when a commentator for a team like the Indians (who they based the Major League movie franchise around) calls the Orioles lowly.

Until they bring in someone that knows what winning tastes like, and hates losing so much he can’t stand it, things aren’t going to change in Baltimore. If not a player, then, a manager that has had some success, at some level.

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