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MILLER SIGNS ON IN SAN FRANCISCO; ANGELOS DEFENDS DECISION
Published November 5, 1996
Longtime Orioles play-by-play announcer and Bay Area native Jon Miller has signed a five-year deal to serve as lead play-by- play voice of the Giants. Miller replaces Hank Greenwald, who retired this year after 16 seasons with the club (Giants). Miller is expected to broadcast between 110-115 games, both KTVU- TV and KNBR-AM. He will continue to work ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball broadcasts (Thom Loverro, WASHINGTON TIMES, 11/5). Nancy Gay of the S.F. CHRONICLE writes Miller's contract is estimated to be "in excess of" $2.5M -- compared to the $425,00 a year he was paid by the Orioles (S.F CHRONICLE, 11/5). In Washington, Mark Maske reports Orioles Owner Peter Angelos and other club execs become "increasingly annoyed" with Miller's TV work on ESPN and his "willingness to criticize the Orioles on the air" (WASHINGTON POST, 11/5). Miller said he did not want to leave the Orioles, but did so when he "perceived the Orioles no longer wanted him," according to Milton Kent of the Baltimore SUN. In response, Angelos "took shots" at Miller and his agent, Ron Shapiro, saying it was "sheer dishonesty" to say Miller he was forced to leave. Angelos: "He says he's leaving and the following day there's a five-year deal? That's a little fishy, isn't it? ... The Orioles will go on for the next 100 years without him. ... Am I worried? The answer's no. Hardly" (Baltimore SUN, 11/5).