You have no idea how difficult this is.
The jokes. Where do I even begin? But no.
It would be too easy to make merciless wisecracks at former Oriole Brady Anderson’s opinion piece in this morning’s Baltimore Sun. In it, Anderson defends O’s owner Peter Angelos against Sports Illustrated’s claim that Angelos is the worst owner in baseball. Anderson calls charges that Angelos meddled in the team’s baseball affairs “laughable.”
But first, allow the editing nerd in me to observe: the Sun’s handling of Anderson’s piece is at least as weird as the piece itself. First, SI’s ownership rankings are three weeks old. Any discussion of the matter is pretty much over. Maybe the simple fact that an Oriole wrote a 900-word essay was reason enough to run it three weeks past its relevance. Then there’s the typo issue. By the time you read this, maybe they’ll have fixed the mistakes, at least online. I imagine the errors are Anderson’s (“run their business anyway they choose” and Peter “Angeles.”). The Sun also allows Anderson to look silly by not fixing his referrals to his teammates “Mr. Wells and Mr. Bonilla.” C’mon. Clean up the guy’s copy a little.
Anderson writes “the article cited amenities at the ballpark as another area in which the owners are judged.” Um … I don’t think SI’s rankings even mention ballpark amenities. Hey, I’ll be the first to admit I’m wrong. If you can find this, drop it into the comments section below. You’re a better Googler than I. The SI piece I’m looking at is a best-and-worst ranking that includes each team’s purchase price, their current value, the win-loss record and percentage under the owner and the numbers of playoff appearances and championships. Nobody said anything about ballpark amenities. Yet, Anderson goes on at length about the beauty of Camden Yards and the generosity that the Orioles allow their fans to bring food into the ballpark.
Again, isn’t this something The Sun should’ve looked into? Did they just get an e-mail from Brady Anderson and print the whole thing? It kind of looks like it.
Though it’s not the point, I can’t help myself: since Brady brought it up, IS Peter G. Angelos the worst owner in baseball? It’s possible. Despite recent glimmers of hope at Camden Yards, the Orioles are still in last place, recovering from years of terrible management. And the only reason they’re recovering is because Angelos finally shut his yap and hired Andy MacPhail to run the team. By all accounts, Angelos has stayed away from the baseball side of the operation and there’s new life.
Therefore, allow me to declare Peter G. Angelos the former worst owner in baseball. Sure, sure. He’s still got a long way to go before anyone builds him a statue. But he did – apparently – wise up at long last and get the hell out of the way.
This is the feelbad piece of the season. Everyone’s wrong. Sports Illustrated for being lazy and sloppy. (As Anderson points out, Davey Johnson wasn’t actually fired, as SI claims. He quit.) Brady Anderson for taking three weeks to respond, then apparently forgetting what SI’s piece actually said. And the Baltimore Sun for running the piece at all.
UPDATE: Frequent commenter Rocket points out via the electronical mail that ballpark amenities actuall were among the best/worst owner criteria. He was decent enough, of course, to avoid calling me a dumbass in the comments section. Thanks, Rocket. However, seven hours after I published this piece, The Sun’s typos haven’t been fixed.