Readers were divided over our story about the midseason turnaround of the New York Yankees (Rebirth in the Bronx, Aug. 14). John Wadle of Denver wrote that Gerry Callahan's article "showed a team committed to winning, despite what the critics are saying"; and Bob Newman of Putnam Valley, N.Y, felt that George Steinbrenner "deserved the credit for the team's resurgence. Your snide comments ruin your credibility." But others were distressed by the hiring of Darryl Strawberry. "It's a shame that ballplayers can get away with crimes for which the average man would be shipped to jail, not Triple A," wrote Thomas E. Walsh of Chicago. Christopher Eric Ng of Woodland Hills, Calif., was even more vehement, calling Strawberry "a disgrace.... In a ballpark immortalized by Mantle and DiMaggio, Strawberry gets a standing ovation. Horrifying. But then, I guess George Steinbrenner knows all about repeat losers. He's been thrown out of baseball twice himself."