"Under the misguided stewardship of Peter Angelos, the once-proud Orioles have become the laughingstock of baseball - and the worst may be yet to come." Tom Verducci takes a look at the Baltimore Orioles baseball franchise under the leadership of owner Peter Angelos. Angelos, 71, bought the Orioles in 1993, and took the team to the American League Play-offs in 1996 and 1997, but since then the decline of the franchise has been swift. The Orioles have one of the oldest starting line-ups in the major league with seven of the nine spots in the batting order taken up by players 30 or older. Often Angelos will involve himself in the signing of players, but as Verducci points out "the health-sensitive Angelos's track record for signing durable players is awful." The Orioles have also had troubles retaining general managers for the team because Angelos's hands on" style of ownership.
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