Thomas Boswell's column "Enjoying Frequent Departures" {Sports, June 2} was my final disillusionment with the 1987 baseball season. If a thinking man's writer can applaud the home run, there can be no hope for the thinking man's game.

As practiced by the current Orioles, baseball has become a sport of tedium, as batter after batter with non-complementary skills parades to the plate swinging for the fences. Mike Young hit one over the wall to win a recent contest after failing twice to bunt. In fact, I cannot recall the last time the Orioles won a game with team strategy: a bunt, stolen base, or hit and run, for example.

My suggestion for restoring the cerebral quality to the game would be adoption of the "home-run rule" as employed by some softball leagues. It calls for a team to have a designated home-run hitter. All others hitting balls over the fence are outs.

While this rule would drop the Orioles' 1987 edition again to last place, it would return badly needed balance to what was once a great national pastime and get us back from Baltimore before the wee hours of the morning.

JAMES CARROLL

Washington