Letter of resignation sent by former Baltimore
Orioles' manager Davey Johnson to team owner Peter Angelos:
Since I have been unable to contact you by telephone, I am
writing to let you know that Susan and I will be out of town for
the next two weeks on a vacation planned long ago.
Despite our differences, I hope you realize the depth of my
commitment to the Baltimore Orioles and the City of Baltimore.
While I believe that your position relative to the Alomar fine and
Carson Scholars Fund is intended more for public relations than
true disapproval, I nonetheless respect the fact that you were not
apprised of my desire to direct the Alomar fine to the Carson
As I would hope you realize, the only reason which I, as manager
of the Club, issue fines to players for failure to conform to Club
rules and policies is for the ultimate benefit of you, as an owner.
It has always been my belief that players must respect the
authority of the manager and ownership and recognize that,
regardless of their status as a player, their behavior must comport
with certain standards.
While I do not believe that there was any conflict of interest
or impropriety in requesting the fine proceeds be directed to a
charity with which my wife was involved, I recognize in retrospect
that such direction could create the appearance of impropriety and
that the better practice would dictate leaving decisions related to
directing such funds to you as Chief Executive Officer of the
Notwithstanding our differences related to this issue, I must
say that your indifference to the work I have performed over the
last two years in guiding the Orioles to the playoffs and in
delivering a wire-to-wire Division Championship is discouraging, to
say the least. Your apparent lack of regard for my management
skills and for me as a person is reflected in your statements to
the press and the front office staff that my status as manager is
My only wish is to help you and the other owners do what is best
for the Baltimore Orioles and the City of Baltimore. If, in your
judgment, the best course of action for the Orioles is to replace
me as manager, then I would be willing to offer my resignation and
forfeit my entitlement to compensation pursuant to the terms of my
contract in 1998, provided you accept my resignation today so as to
allow me to pursue other opportunities. In return, I ask that my
outstanding expenses be paid in a timely fashion together with your
commitment to not block the efforts of any other Clubs who might
have an interest in my services as a field manager.
The uncertainty related to my status, coupled with the intense
media interest has been difficult for me and my family. Although I
can appreciate that you have many important matters which occupy
your time and attention, I do feel that I am entitled to be treated
with a modicum of respect and that this matter should be resolved
Please let me know by day's end whether you wish to accept my
offer of resignation. If not for my interest, then for the Club and
the fans, it's time to put this matter to bed.
Very truly yours,
David A. Johnson.
P.S. Susan and I will be leaving at approximately 3 p.m. After
that time, please feel free to leave word for me with Skip Dalton.
Text of letter from Baltimore Orioles owner Peter Angelos
accepting the resignation of former manager Davey
In my considered judgment, it would clearly be in the best
interests of the Orioles' organization for a change of field
manager for 1998. Therefore, I accept your letter of resignation,
faxed to me today, and the conditions therein set forth in which
you offer your immediate resignation and offer to forfeit any
compensation, pursuant to the terms of your contract, for 1998.
In doing so, you request payment of outstanding expenses in a
timely fashion and my commitment not to "block the efforts of any
Clubs who might have an interest in [your] services as a field
manager.'' All of the conditions in your fax are, accordingly,
agreeable and accepted by the Orioles. You are absolutely free to
pursue any baseball position as a field manager, or otherwise, with
any team in either League.
Regretfully, your letter fails to recognize the real issue posed
by your imposition and handling of the Alomar fine and your
divisive statement to the press in July that unless the Orioles got
to the World Series, you would not be permitted to return for the
final year of your contract. Such a statement, during a pennant
drive, was ill-advised and potentially a harmful distraction. Your
own actions and conduct — not mine — have produced the fulfillment
of your prophecy.
I absolutely reject your contention that my strongly held
objection to your directing the Alomar fine be paid to a charity by
which your wife is employed was intended "more for public
relations than mere disapproval.'' I can assure you that my
disapproval is deeply felt and consistent with what I insist be
appropriate conduct on the part of all Orioles' employees. It
strikes me, as field manager, you should have been much more
sensitive to such situations and to have avoided even what you
concede "could create the appearance of impropriety.''
While this is a regrettable ending of our relationship, I wish
you the best in the future.
Very truly yours,