Happily, we can all agree on one thing: Peter Angelos has been a horrible owner for the Orioles. After that? Let's just say sentiment was just about 100 percent against me regarding last week's column in which I wrote that it appears as if the stumbling, bumbling Orioles took on a Confederate attitude in their search for a general manager. But I will say this: The mouth-breathers stayed home. While several folks vehemently disagreed with my take, they mostly were civil, rational and passionate in expressing themselves. That, as well as the disagreement, is appreciated. ...
I think the implication that Peter Angelos is racist is over the top. The Orioles actually interviewed a minority candidate for a position of power, unlike the Cubs and Red Sox, what does that say? If the Orioles were racist, why would they waste all that time? If Angelos were racist, why would he donate thousands of dollars to charities that primarily serve African-American neighborhoods? Your assertion makes no sense. None. Peter Angelos is an incredibly incompetent owner of a baseball team I have rooted for since I was a kid. But that does not make him a bad person or a racist. I think you owe him an apology.
One thing we need to make sure is straight: I did not -- and would not call him a racist. I wrote that the Orioles gave the "appearance" of racism by their actions. I know, the difference is subtle. But it's vast. I wrote the only definitive answer can come when "Angelos and Co. look in the mirror." And I will say that remains the only way to derive an answer because, as one very angry Orioles staffer defending Angelos told me, he just will not do interviews. So I can't talk to him."
I am second to none in my contempt for Angelos and the way he has run the Orioles into the ground. However, you need to look at his record across the board before you write something as venomous as your article accusing him of being racist. The lone basis you employ for your column is that DeJon did not get the job. Really? That is your threshold for throwing out the racism card? I guess CBS gives out columns to anyone who can type. Maybe they should hire an African-American journalist to take your spot!!
With no respect,
I take your points seriously, and I do not enjoy using the racism card. I have rarely used it in more than two decades of writing. I will repeat what I explained above: I did not accuse Angelos of being racist. I wrote that the way he and the Orioles conducted their shabby GM search, it gave off the appearances of racism.
This lifelong O's fan thinks Peter Angelos is a terrible owner. However, you tainting Angelos with the racism tag is beyond irresponsible. It is reprehensible. Angelos is a liberal. As a liberal, I know 'liberal' and 'racist' are mutually exclusive. Angelos may be an egomaniac, but you owe him an apology for invoking race into the situation. If it matters at all, I am a white guy with a black girlfriend who is attuned to subtle racism.
Your objection is noted. And I think everyone's personal experience does factor in to how we view things.
FROM: Chip K.
Wow, are you reaching and grasping at straws. I realize as a journalist if you mention a buzz word like racism people will read and that is the ultimate goal. There is an ethics [issue] involved, though. There is no evidence to this, but you bring it up anyway. The Orioles are indeed a complete mess and have handled EVERYTHING like this. Peter Angelos is difficult to deal with. To suggest anything else is not responsible.
Completely disagree, but I said my piece in the column.
It's blatantly unfair, and even irresponsible, to throw around the racism word in regards to the O's GM search. They're not the ones responsible for the ignorant rule making it a priority to interview at least one African American candidate. I completely understand MLB's concern with African Americans being hired for upper management positions, but there has to be another way to go about trying to make it happen. Watson was a token interview candidate because of a silly rule, not because the O's hate black people. Maybe he's just not a fit for them? And what do you expect them to say about how the interviews went? Angelos is a moron. An incredibly bad owner. But even implying that he's a racist is shaky ground, and poor journalism.
If this is the interview process that makes MLB revisit and change its standards on clubs interviewing minorities, then at least some good will have come out of it. But I'm not going to hold my breath.
FROM: Frank D.
I love your takes on baseball and your writing, but I think you're reaching here. Angelos is just clueless and Wilpon-like. You know, stupid. Maybe the guy [De Jon Watson] doesn't interview well. Perhaps they weren't blown away. Opening up interviews to others isn't a bad idea. Maybe they'll interview more minorities and shock you by hiring the first woman. I doubt it but... Angelos may prove my theory that he's just stupid by affirming that with the hiring of Omar Minaya.
So what do you think of Dan Duquette?
FROM: Jim K.
It may be a reach. It may be true. But I believe it is a bit irresponsible to label someone as a racist or even imply it without ANY evidence. This is an opinion that you should have researched further, or not shared. You can ruin people's lives and cereers with stories like this. What were u thinking?
I think if Mr. Angelos hasn't ruined his career by now with the way he's managed the Orioles, somehow I think he'll wind up just fine.
Did it ever occur to you that the interviews didn't go as well as they said publicly? Did it occur to you that MAYBE teams will say the interview went well out of courtesy to the guy. NAH..not you. You must always see teams saying a potential manager or GM had a terrible interview and they didn't hire them. Spend a few minutes asking qualified writers and the initials PR. One day you may actually get it!!
I know the interviews went well based not only on what the Orioles said publicly, but talking to people behind the scenes who know. And if you think it's safe to get all of your information from folks with the "initials PR", then you've got quite an education ahead of you yourself. Part of my job is to ferret out the truth from the BS the PR folks spin.