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April 10
Order of the day

At the very beginning of spring training camp, the "controversy" over where to bat Albert Belle arose. Should he bat third, the traditional (and sabermetrically correct) spot for the best hitter in the lineup (Presumably, there's no controversy over the fact that Belle is the best hitter in the lineup), or should he bat fourth, where sluggers traditionally bat and where Belle has always batted? Ray Miller announced that no decision had been made, but Belle made it obvious he'd rather remain in the cleanup spot. A day later, Ray capitulated, and announced Belle would bat fourth.

Frankly, it always seemed like much ado about nothing to us. Third, fourth, there just isn't that much difference; either way, he'll be batting in the heart of the lineup behind runners who get on base a lot. So we're not objecting to the decision. What we're objecting to is the fact that Ray Miller, once again, abdicated his responsibility to run the team. Once again, he let the players know who was in charge -- they were. It's just no way to run a team. We saw what happened last year when Miller lost control of the team. And we saw the same thing in 1995, when Phil Regan did.

On the other hand, maybe we shouldn't be so eager to have Miller make any decisions. Because the first one he made demonstrated once again why the Orioles will never win, no matter what their payroll, while Miller is manager. We're speaking, of course, of Miller's decision to bat Mike Bordick second. While this decision was originally a temporary response to Delino DeShields' injury, Miller has since indicated that he plans to make this decision permanent. There are just so many things wrong with this decision that we do not know where to begin.

In sum, if Ray Miller bats Mike Bordick second, he simply provides further proof that he doesn't know what he is doing. There's no reasonable argument for choosing Bordick over DeShields.

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