Hitting sells tickets, but winning sells even more tickets than that. Nothing fills the stadium like a winner, really what are they doing over there? Yes teams have won and competed on hitting (Angeles just a couple years ago hit there way to a World Series title) but you need at least average pitching to be a winner with a great line-up. Orioles have nothing, this is probably just rumor talk, but if true would turn the AL East into a slug fest.
...Boston papers now and then suffer a sharp flurry of arithmetic on this score; indeed, for Williams to have distributed all his hits so they did nobody else any good would constitute a feat of placement unparalleled in the annals of selfishness. -Updike