Oriole’s owner Peter Angelos is constantly under the heat of Baltimore fans, many of whom blame the O’s owner for the failures of the organization. Angelos has become a scapegoat by fans for the 11 straight losing seasons the Orioles have had since 1998.
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In 2008 Angelos hired Andy MacPhail to be the Orioles’ President of Baseball Operations. MacPhail told fans that he would not take the job if he did not feel that he had control in Baltimore. Since his time here, the O’s traded Erik Bedard and Miguel Tejada for much of their current talent including Adam Jones, Luke Scott and George Sherrill, as well as several prospects in the minors. Whether you like it or not, he also made a legitimate offer to slugger Mark Teixeira, he resigned Nick Markakis to a 6 year deal making him the face of the franchise and he brought back Brian Roberts.
Recently, Angelos said that he would be willing to take the necessary steps to ensure that Baltimore keeps the Preakness Stakes, which has recently been threatened due to the owner’s bankruptcy.
“I’m an interested citizen that wants to see that the Preakness retained in Maryland because it is a fundamental element to the history of the state,” Angelos said. He has been outspoken in his support for slots in Maryland. “It relates to horse racing and horse breeding, which has been part of Maryland since Colonial days,” he said.
Angelos recently traveled to Florida to check out the Orioles’ proposed spring training complex and he attended a game in Jupiter against the St. Louis Cardinals. According to the Baltimore Sun, Angelos “confirmed the Orioles are planning to make a significant free-agent push when the team gets within range of contending for a playoff berth next winter or in advance of the 2011 season.”
With all of the news I think that it is crazy for any Baltimore fan to be upset with Peter Angelos. Do you think that he has done everything in his power to put the Orioles’ on the right track?