The Peter Principles (Ch. 11) – Letting The Moose Loose in pinstripes

August 11, 2017 | Nestor Aparicio

decades where he stood to answer somewhat pointed questions for an audience that was still large enough to demand real answers and accountability.

“We intend to be competitive every year,” Angelos said. “We haven’t been in the last three years because our minor-league system simply was not capable of producing players because it was still in the process of emerging as a legitimate minor-league system. But this year, with the advent of [outfielder Luis] Matos and other players, the minor-league system is beginning to produce players capable of competing at the major-league level. We have no intention of remaining at some second-level status.”

As much as the starting pitching was in question, it was the Orioles gas-can bullpen that faltered throughout the 2000 campaign. “I guarantee we’re going to rebuild our bullpen,” Angelos said.

And what about his ace pitcher, and the negotiations to retain Mike Mussina?

“We’re not in the business of making arrangements with baseball players that border on economic insanity,” said Angelos. “We are in the business of putting a first-rate team on the field which is composed of athletes who are generously compensated. But when the demands of any one player or more than one player exceed what we believe to be reasonable, we are prepared to go in another direction. If we’re not able to do that, then we become the prisoners of the respective ballplayers. We aren’t going to do that. We don’t operate that way. We play fair. We pay