WBAL of Baltimore will be the new flagship station for the Orioles' radio broadcasts under an agreement reached with the ball club and station WTOP in Washington. Jon Miller will continue as the lead announcer, but Jack Wiers will be replaced as his partner.

WTOP actually will hold the rights, but essentially is leasing those rights to WBAL for three years. "As the flagship station, WBAL will be responsible for originating the broadcast of the games, organizing and administering the radio network and selling the package," said WTOP General Manager Michael Douglass.

WBAL General Manager David Barrett said, "Jon Miller is under contract to the Orioles, and we think he is sensational. WBAL will make a decision on a second announcer after agreement with the Orioles." . . .

Andre Dawson, who found new life in the sunlight and natural grass of Wrigley Field and hit a career-high 49 home runs with a major league high of 137 RBI, is the Associated Press player of the year.

For this inaugural award, Dawson received 80 votes to 42 for runner-up George Bell, the Toronto outfielder who had 47 homers and 134 RBI. Detroit shortstop Alan Trammell was a distant third with 15 votes.