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WHO NEEDS PRAISE FROM STEINBRENNER?

With all due respect to Bob Miske and his well-deserved induction into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame, I personally would take any accolades from New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner with some trepidation.

Mr. Steinbrenner has certainly created and marketed a love-hate relationship with his "Bronx Bombers." As anyone who follows our national pastime knows, George has spent countless millions in buying the second-best team in the major leagues these last four years. This "Boss," as he has often been called, extolled the impeccable qualities of consistency and professionalism of Seattle scout Miske and, in turn, maligned many scouts and/or officials.

His broad stroke of undue criticism is yet another example of grossly false generalizations on his part. These "shotgun" remarks conjure memories of a past baseball owner. It seems like yesterday when the late Cincinnati Reds owner Marge Schott was widely quoted as saying, "Why do we need scouts? All they do is watch games."

No pun intended, "Boss," but I think your commentary on scouts is "way off base."

Jim Williams

Buffalo