Brady's passionate defense
Orioles Hall of Famer Brady Anderson came to the defense of O's owner Peter Angelos in this Op-Ed piece that was published in The Sun on Tuesday. The former center fielder took offense to a recent Sports Illustrated article that rated Angelos as the worst owner in Major League Baseball.
Can't help but admire Brady for taking on the challenge of building a case for Angelos, but it's hard to get past those 11 straight losing seasons and some of the decisions that put the Orioles in the sad state they are trying to escape right now.
Anderson is correct in contending that Angelos has been willing to spend money and keep a high payroll for much of that time, but I think the point of the SI criticism is that he spent much of that money unwisely.
I don't think anyone denies that Angelos is a loyal friend who has gone out of his way to help many of his players -- his compassionate treatment of Eric Davis stands out, as well as the effort Angelos put out to get Rafael Palmeiro's brother out of Cuba -- but I don't think that is the kind of thing that generally gets factored heavily into the equation when you rate the performance of a team owner.
Angelos has presided over the dramatic decline of the Orioles franchise and he'll have to wear that until Andy MacPhail or somebody else finally guides the club back into consistent contention. It's finally starting to look like that might happen in the next couple of years.
No need to question Brady's motives. He's not looking for a job or anything. He's just appreciative of what Angelos did for him and some of his teammates in the 1990s and it's admirable that he came forward.
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