Mazzilli entering danger zone
The Orioles have failed to meet expectations and owner Peter Angelos is apparently running out of patience.
There's been a lot to rant about in recent years, most of it self-inflicted. The Orioles have finished fourth in the American League East with a sub-.500 record every year since 1998. Attendance declined from 3.7 million to 2.4 million in that stretch, and now Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia are both pushing for the Expos, which could mean competition for Angelos and his bad ballclub.
This was supposed to be the year the Orioles made a statement and took a stand. They have a competent front-office team in Jim Beattie and Mike Flanagan, and elite free agents are no longer hesitant to take Angelos' money. After the O's spent $120 million on Miguel Tejada, Javy Lopez, Rafael Palmeiro and Sidney Ponson, they were suddenly portrayed as a team worth taking seriously.
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