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Must-click link: The most devastating takedown of Peter Angelos you’ll ever read

Nov 14, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

Peter Angelos

Because some of you care about such things I will note at the outset that this blog post by Jonathan Bernhardt is long.  Quite long. But there are fewer wasted words there than in most Twitter updates.

Everyone knows that Peter Angelos is the central problem with the Orioles, but I’ve never seen it put so starkly — and, actually, fairly — than Bernhardt does.  It’s one thing to curse a blue streak about Angelos and his failings, but it’s quite another thing — a quite devastating thing — to simply explain Angelos’ place in the universe, his strengths and his weaknesses and end up at the end of it all thinking “oh my god.”

It all ends up with the Orioles’ hiring of Dan Duquette as the new GM and a look at his chances to make something happen. Bernhardt isnt’ optimistic. By the time you get that far, though, you know the answer. Duquette is already a dead man walking. Even if he doesn’t know it yet.

A great read. If the length bugs you just print it out and take it to the john with you or something.

What? Oh, fine, your majesty. Whatever you say.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Nov 14, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    I had no idea Angelos also looked like Gollum’s grandfather, either.

    • yankeesgameday - Nov 14, 2011 at 11:17 AM

      With that comment thus thread should be locked. Sometimes you just dont need to hear any more.

    • Jonny 5 - Nov 14, 2011 at 11:57 AM

      Actually I was thinking he was a dead ringer for Vigo the Carpathian….

  2. randomdigits - Nov 14, 2011 at 11:19 AM

    For years my friends that are not O’s fans ask what the problem with the O’s is. I tell them you can’t change the owner.

    The sad thing is the sons don’t look to be any better. That and MASN is controlled by PA, not the team so if the team ever does get sold, MASN might not go with them which would keep them firmly logged in small/mid market status.

  3. tashkalucy - Nov 14, 2011 at 11:34 AM

    To compare Peter Angelos to Al Davis is something a yuppie media person that has no clue would do.

    Al Davis was beloved by most of his players. If Al found out that an ex-player or his wife needed an operation 30 years after playing for him, Al footed the bill. Al knew the game of football inside and out, and if he was guilty of anything, it was not having patience with you people – including coaches – that thought they knew it all. John Madden and others ever had a real problem with Mr. Davis.

    After comparing Peter Angelos – a guy that knows nothing about his sport and has not accomplished anything in it – to one of the great coaches and owners in the NFL, perhaps next the writer will compare Daniel Snyder with George Halas.

    Did agree with the rest of the article though.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Nov 14, 2011 at 11:53 AM

      To compare Peter Angelos to Al Davis is something a yuppie media person that has no clue would do.

      Or someone who can’t read? The one comparison made in the article is Angelos to Steinbrenner, and of course the author does a nice hatchet job on Steinbrenner, listing all his faults without any of the benefits.

      • cur68 - Nov 14, 2011 at 11:57 AM

        Beat me too it Church.

      • Francisco (FC) - Nov 14, 2011 at 12:39 PM

        I think he’s referring to the side picture of Angelos sharing a hug with Palmeiro:

        “Like Al Davis, you can find picture of Angelos embracing some of his sport’s lesser Satans.

    • cintiphil - Nov 14, 2011 at 11:57 AM

      Come on now. Pappa Bear and Al Davis should never be used in the same sentence. Al was just a bit more than weird. Halas was not! Although Angelos is not close to either of them. He is just a guy with money who thinks he can be a baseball mogul. Not smart enough to allow his manager and coaches to run the team.

  4. sdelmonte - Nov 14, 2011 at 11:56 AM

    What a great article, with a rare sense of perspective. (For a short time after the baseball strike, I proudly wore an Orioles cap to salute Angelos’ unwillingness to use non-union players. It’s interesting to see that he has been a man of principle all his life, even if he is a lousy owner of a baseball team.)

    And what an odd website. I saw at least three articles that would make me snarl in disdain just browsing the homepage.

    • randomdigits - Nov 14, 2011 at 12:19 PM

      Keep in mind Angelos hired Millar and Walker as players on his team, both of which were replacement players and never allowed into the players union. So while he does deserve credit for his actions during the lockout I am not sure you can say with certainty that he stood by those principals.

      • Kevin S. - Nov 14, 2011 at 1:36 PM

        There’s a difference between not signing replacement players during the strike and blackballing them afterwards.

      • randomdigits - Nov 14, 2011 at 1:48 PM

        The Union blackballed them. He would simply be supporting a Union shop by refusing to hire non-union workers.

        I never heard of him trying to get the Union to admit them.

        Just like how he won’t sign Cuban defectors…oh wait he signed Baez…. I guess he just won’t sign Cuban defectors first…

  5. cur68 - Nov 14, 2011 at 12:02 PM

    A long read, but worth it. I wonder how much Flanagan’s death has affected Angelos? A person as withdrawn as that, with that much sense of civic duty and being a career crusader would have taken it pretty hard. Objectively I think, you could easily view Angelos’s behaviour through the lens of loyalty, rather than than ego, but I don’t hold my view above Berhardt’s.Duquette has a rep as a roster builder, or he did at one time. I’m kind of rooting for him and Angelos after that article. I guess I’m just contrary that way.

  6. Kyle - Nov 14, 2011 at 12:28 PM

    Great read. I never knew the history of Angelos. What a conflicting guy.

  7. APBA Guy - Nov 14, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    Very interesting. I think balanced also. Only one problem. He won’t sell the team. Again, like Steinbrenner. The Angelos kids will run it. Surprised there was no insight into their personalities.

  8. tuftsb - Nov 14, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    The position that Angelos took in the 1994-95 strike was related to his past legal work with labor unions and mostly by the desire to not break up Cal Ripken’s streak by using replacement players.

    There was another problem with the use of replacement players – Ontario law. The Toronto Blue Jays would not have been allowed to play games in Canada.

    Would the team have played 162 road games in 1995 if Selig got his wish?

  9. schlom - Nov 14, 2011 at 4:28 PM

    Wait, are we supposed to be surprised that a lawyer who made millions screwing over the people of Baltimore (as that’s who footed the bill for his lawsuits) is now screwing over the fans of Baltimore as the owner of the Orioles? It’s more like he’s continuing his life’s work.

  10. yankeefan1950 - Nov 14, 2011 at 4:33 PM

    Nice little article but it contains at least one factual error; Jeff Loria was not the owner of the Florida Marlins when they won their first title, Wayne Huizenga was. He then dismantled the team and opened the door for Loria to dump the Expos and buy the Marlins.

    • schlom - Nov 14, 2011 at 4:35 PM

      John Henry bought the Marlins from Huizenga in 1999 and then sold them to Loria in 2002.

  11. crankyfrankie - Nov 14, 2011 at 7:27 PM

    Well written article thanks for the link Craig. It is ,in the end, a depressing story without a good end.

  12. schmedley69 - Nov 14, 2011 at 8:56 PM

    This picture may explain where Angelos got his leadership skills from:

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