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Have you driven Deford crazy lately?
Though he’s long since moved away, award-winning sports writer and Baltimore native Frank Deford feels the same way about the Orioles and owner Peter Angelos as someone who never left.
“He was great at asbestos,” Deford, a Gilman graduate, said. “He’s not so great at baseball.”
During an interview given Wednesday afternoon after Deford spoke to a group of students at Garrison Forest School in Owings Mills, the author and Sports Illustrated mainstay—his work also appears on NPR and HBO—said the team’s fortunes have clearly transformed since Angelos took over.
“It’s clear to me that the entire organization is inept,” Deford said. “It used to be the best organization in baseball. You can’t avoid the conclusion that one man came in and fouled it up. As long as he’s going to be there, he’s going to fail. It’s just unfortunate that the wrong guy owns the team.”
...Deford recently met up with former Oriole Boog Powell in Florida and got to “talking about the glory days,” back when the Orioles had a top player at every position and the team was something to be proud of.
“It made me even more bitter,” he said. “It was just a parade of great players, great trades, and teams that were well put together. Now, it’s just ashes.”
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