John Akridge, the leader of a group seeking a baseball expansion franchise for RFK Stadium, said yesterday he views the Baltimore Orioles as a potential ally of baseball in Washington and will try to arrange a meeting with Orioles owner Eli Jacobs once his group has filed its application for one of the two teams the National League will add in 1993.

Prospective ownership groups must submit a response to the NL Expansion Committee's questionnaire and a $100,000 deposit on the $95 million entry fee by noon Tuesday.

"I see it {the Orioles' presence} as an advantage," Akridge said.

"I think we can work together with the Orioles organization to maximize the marketing of baseball in both cities. I see two teams in the region having a synergistic effect. We can make it an asset. Our idea is to approach Mr. Jacobs as an ally, not an adversary."

Akridge also unveiled his group's plan to convert RFK Stadium into what he called a "state of the art" baseball facility if it is awarded a team. With the Kansas City, Mo.-based architectural firm HNTB doing the design work, Akridge said a $30 million to $35 million renovation plan will be implemented.

The stadium would have a baseball seating capacity of 42,300 and include 92 luxury boxes on what is now the stadium's mezzanine levels. The stands that occupy left field would be made movable or taken out. A video scoreboard would be installed and improvements would be made in press facilities, restrooms, concession stands, the stadium club and team office facilities.

The D.C. Armory Board has been authorized to issue $25 million in bonds to help finance the improvements. These funds cannot be used for construction of skyboxes.

Washington's proximity to Baltimore generally is viewed as a handicap in Washington's efforts to obtain a baseball team. In addition, it is believed the Orioles probably would be hurt financially if baseball returned to Washington -- particularly at RFK Stadium.

Now playing about 40 miles from Washington, the Orioles will be moving closer when their new stadium at Camden Yards opens for the start of the 1992 season. The Orioles have said about 20 to 25 percent of their attendance comes from the Washington area. Their broadcast television network includes WDCA-TV-20, their cable television outlet is Washington-based Home Team Sports and their radio network includes WTOP-1500, a 50,000-watt station.

But Akridge cited Jacobs's public commitment to remain neutral on Washington's expansion efforts, saying: "As far as I know, Mr. Jacobs is a gentleman. I take him at his word."

Ten days ago Capital Region Baseball Inc., the group hoping to initially locate a team at RFK Stadium, then move it to a new facility in Northern Virginia, charged Jacobs was actively opposing its efforts by discouraging potential investors from joining the group.

Legal counsel for the Orioles, Brendan V. Sullivan, replied with a letter that reiterated Jacobs's public statements and read, "Your statement that Mr. Jacobs has taken one position in public and another in private is offensive and defamatory."

Capital Region Baseball President Mark Tracz yesterday attempted to distance his group from the exchange of correspondence. "Ten days is a long time in this process," he said. "It was something that happened. We don't want to belabor it. The key is to find positive things and focus on baseball rather than causing problems for other people."

Tracz added his group has more recently attempted to contact Orioles President Larry Lucchino, and one of its representatives has attempted to contact Jacobs. "We want to develop a good, competitive relationship with the Orioles so we'll get fans to both places," Tracz said.

Tracz's group met yesterday with Audrey Moore, chairman of Fairfax County's board of supervisors and a member of the D.C. Baseball Commission, to discuss Moore's support of the commission's vote to endorse Akridge's group. "She hadn't known us or what we were trying to do," Tracz said. "She said she would take it under advisement."

In another development, George Shinn, owner of the NBA's Charlotte Hornets and two minor league baseball teams, announced he will seek one of the NL expansion franchises for Charlotte, N.C. Charlotte was not among the 10 cities represented when the NL originally distributed the expansion questionnaires Aug. 1. Shinn, who owns a Class A and Class AA team, is hoping to acquire a AAA team before the 1991 season.