How can Baltimore simply allow the Orioles to rot like this under Angelos’ greed & profiteering?

April 01, 2012 | Nestor Aparicio

How can Baltimore simply allow the Orioles to rot like this under Angelos’ greed & profiteering?

his profiteering off the back of the Orioles’ good name.

But I can’t begin to tell you how many misinformed, lacking-common-sense opinions I’ve heard in talking with local baseball fans.

And perhaps because Bob Irsay packed up the Colts in March 1984, there’s some extra paranoia that “Mr. Angelos will move the team if you don’t pipe down.”

My answer to that would be two-fold:

1.    Where the f*** is he moving this cash cow meets filthy pig? San Juan? Caracas? Havana? Mexico City?

Or Perhaps Seoul? (But we all know that’s not possible…)

You want to know something about the “value” of Major League Baseball to communities? It’s about ZERO in some places because there hasn’t been an American city truly court a baseball team in about two decades. And in three out of the four places where MLB expanded a generation ago – Miami, Tampa & Phoenix – interest has been tepid at best for much of their collective existence.

Hell, the whole REASON we’re screwed in Baltimore is because Bud Selig and his boys club couldn’t figure out a way to make ANYONE else outside of Washington, D.C. get in on the bidding a decade ago.

Tampa and Miami have been colossal disasters that have somehow even managed to print money in various ways and produce productive and competitive teams that STILL don’t garner any semblance of a “big league” fan base even after a combined 40 years in Florida.

Now, that shady ownership conglomerate down in Miami has managed to bamboozle a new ballpark on the site of the Orange Bowl to open the entire Major League Baseball season in the middle of a war zone of a neighborhood and essentially setting a parachute on the entire fan base from Fort Lauderdale north to West Palm Beach and Jupiter. But that’s Miami’s problem, not ours. Really, it’s also MLB’s problem but Bud Selig is too busy reading his press clippings to give a damn about what’s happened in Baltimore. And, judging from the lubrication necessary to give Angelos this deal that makes winning a low-level priority in the first place, I have very little faith that anyone in MLB’s offices in New York (or Milwaukee) have called Angelos and asked him this succinct question:

“Are you really trying to win and put a competitive Major League Baseball product on the field?”

As Steve Bisciotti pointed out to me last week, the MLB product sucks — he called it “Bantamweights vs. Heavyweights” — especially in places like here in Baltimore where the salary disparities and the lack of desire to win for the community run in direct opposition when $100 million profit lines are guaranteed like annuity via MASN money.

I think you’ll find Steve Bisciotti’s desire to buy the Orioles here (in his own words):

 

 

2.    Why in world would Angelos even THINK about moving the Orioles to a non-existent “City X” when he’s been printing hundreds of millions of dollars of profit off the Orioles over the last six years since the MASN money began printing an annual annuity for him beyond his wildest financial expectations when he bought the team in 1993 for $173 million dollars at auction?

Angelos is winning in the only places a businessman/attorney would want to win – in his bank account.

He’s been printing money while your back has been turned and the team has gone into the crapper and the city has become a wasteland on spring and summer nights and no one here has done anything about it or said a word – unless it’s whispered in my ear at some cocktail

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  1. unitastoberry Says:

    This whole mess with the Orioles not wanting to win just wanting to make money is apart of an overall symptom in MLB that has to end. The fact the the main money supply for owners now comes from TV and coprorate advertisements regardless of the on field record means the gate is just gravy. When you don’t need your gate to make the bulk of your money this crap occurs. MLB is a joke run by billionares who could give a s**t about fans. If MLB had a real comish who acted independent of the owners Angelos would have been read the riot act years ago and told to either sell or field a competitive team. Bud Selig and all the rest of the old men in MLB are just as much to blame here as Angelos. It’s a club which you can’t get into or thrown out of and they don’t want change because of the $$$$$. You know just like the US government.

  2. Steve Says:

    Like i said fans,,, LEARN FROM THE BALTIMORE COLTS FANS. Did they allow Irsay make profits by putting a scrub team on the field? So Irsay knew he cant make money in Baltimore so he moved them to indy. If O’s fans just dont show up or buy season tickets then Angelos will have to do ether 2 things 1.Sell the Club or 2.Move the team. We have a great NFL team in Baltimore it worked what Colts fans did so why not O’s fans do the samething?

  3. tsnamm Says:

    Hey Nestor… what is really shocking to me is the deafening silence of the national sports media, which has nothing to lose by pointing out the obvious… Look at what happened in LA with the sale of the Dodgers…$2.5 billion dollars…and 1.5 of that was based on the TV rights…they’re even talking about a couple of other teams that have TV contracts coming up and they’re all in the $700 million+ category, including such non-markets as San Diego…Angelos is just taking the money and running with his own LSN for 2(!) teams not just 1. I thought that MLB also dictated that any luxury tax money redistributed to the loser teams such as the Orioles had to be reinvested into on the field talent.Its painfully obvious that Angelos either has no idea on how to operate a major league sports franchise, has no civic pride or competitive fire, or is the worst most cynical owner, just leaving his team and city hinging out to dry as an erstwhile “Washington Generals” to the rest of the AL Easts “Harlem Globetrotters” While he counts his profits with no interest in running a team. The idea that “we can’t compete” is such a lame and loser mentality. I don’t know where to start to debunk that one its just so pathetic. Those who think we need to support the team because “we’re lucky to have one” must have battered wife syndrome…1-2 years could be just bad luck,going on 15 is a PLAN. keep the heat on Nestor you’re performing a civic duty…

  4. die angelos Says:

    ANGELOS
    PLEASE
    DROP
    DEAD

  5. Jeff Says:

    I think that when Jerry Hoffberger sold the Orioles back in late 70′s..things went downhill. But we did win under Edward Bennett Williams, especially because we Won WS in 1983. I wish one of Hoffberger’s sons would have taken over the team after EBW died & before Eli Jacobs then Angelos took over. When Jewish people own companies or teams, chances are things get done correctly and smoothly..most of the time!! Please, Please pray that Angelos sells the team to Cal Ripken..a non-Jew and the only person we can and should Trust to turn around our losing ways. Or get another Jewish owner who cared about Baltimore and our players & team as much as Hoffberger did.

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