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PETER ANGELOS UNPLUGGED: LIVING UP TO "LOOSE CANNON" LABEL

     Orioles owner Peter Angelos responds to his "outsider"
status among MLB owners in this morning's Baltimore SUN.
Angelos: "When is the appropriate time to speak one's mind? ...
You mean when I bought this ballclub for the purpose of having
Maryland ownership that I signed onto some organization in which
what I have to say is to be heard one year from now?"  Angelos
recalls one of his first owners meetings at which he took issue
with negotiator Richard Ravitch's contention that "rational
persuasion will have no place" in negotiations with the MLBPA:
"He was passing himself off as a negotiator, but if he believes
that he's (an) idiot."  Angelos continues, "Am I sorry for taking
on (Mr. Ravitch)?  I'm sorry I didn't totally demolish him."  On
Acting Commissioner Bud Selig:  "He is a very successful
autmobile dealer.  What makes him think he has the abilities to
do what he is attempting to do here is beyond my comprehension"
(Mark Hyman, Baltimore SUN, 10/4).
      HE'LL GET HIS:  Phillies President Bill Giles responds that
Angelos comments during the strike have not been "helpful" and
notes:  "We've had these problems before with different
people.... You don't put them on (influential) committees."
Angelos agrees that the committees are "stacked," but he claims
that he "will play a role" in the labor talks "eventually, and
maybe sooner than one might think" (Mark Hyman, Baltimore SUN,
10/4).
     TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT?  Ken Rosenthal responds to Angelos
comments, writing that Selig might be making a "little list" of
such statements which could "come in handy" when considering a
team for Northern VA.  Rosenthal writes that Angelos "probably
couldn't block" such a move and even though the potential for a
VA franchise is questionable, "the owners know how to keep score"
(Baltimore SUN, 10/4).
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