Mazzilli entering danger zone

The Orioles have failed to meet expectations and owner Peter Angelos is apparently running out of patience.

Originally Published: July 5, 2004
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN Insider
Baltimore's Peter Angelos doesn't have a stronger desire to win than any other Major League Baseball owner -- just a lack of patience, an intimidating demeanor and a set of pipes strong enough to rattle the filing cabinets when things fail to go his way.

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.

Jerry Crasnick

ESPN Senior Writer