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May 05, 1997
Clemens will put some fannies in the seats and set a good example, but I doubt he will lead the Blue Jays to glory.STEVE SCHROEDER, DUNWOODY, GA.
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Clemens will put some fannies in the seats and set a good example, but I doubt he will lead the Blue Jays to glory.

I find it sickening to continue to read about the superman qualities of Roger Clemens (Commanding Presence, March 31). He has hoodwinked the Boston press for 10 years. A .500 pitcher for the last four years combined. Clemens has not won a big game in his life and took $25 million out of the pockets of Red Sox fans for a mediocre performance.
NATE BEARDSLEY, West Boylston, Mass.

That Roger Clemens, because of his work ethic, is labeled a "bulldog" paints a grim picture of his colleagues. Clemens isn't a bulldog; the rest of the players are poodles: finicky, narcissistic and pampered. Players strut their stuff in all sorts of commercials. You need only look at the back of a baseball card or hold a radar gun behind the plate to see what Clemens's stuff is.
J. TYLER O'NEILL, Fargo, N.Dak.

Roger Clemens was attracted to Toronto in part for the opportunity to hit ground balls to his sons on the SkyDome infield (a practice frowned on at Fenway Park) and by the offer of uniforms and other goodies for his older sons. Boston general manager Dan Duquette said, "Let's just say I think his choice speaks volumes about what was important to him." As a father of three, I would die with a smile on my face if a former employer said about me, "He made a career move based in part on the kindness shown to his children."
MICHAEL E. LOEFFLER, Lindsay, Calif.

In Alone on the Hill (March 31), Tom Verducci writes, "the owners have assured the further escalation of offense by adding two expansion teams...meaning that about 40 more pitchers who don't belong" will be in the big leagues. This theory makes sense, but doesn't it work both ways? For every pitcher, there will be even more batters who don't belong?
KEN GOLDMAN, Farmington, Conn.

Upon reading your sidebar on the 10 toughest pitches, I was surprised to not see Roger Clemens's fastball listed. He was one of the toughest guys to hit against last season if you rank a pitcher according to opponents' average against him. The Tigers struck out 20 times in one game against Clemens last year. I know he is getting up there in age, but he can still mow down batters with the best of them.
E. DYLAN SCOTT, Columbus, Ohio

Once again I was astounded by my inability to relate players to the teams they now play for (SCOUTING REPORTS, March 31). Free agency continues to take its toll on the average fan, not only in driving up ticket prices but also in eroding the pleasure of watching a player's career unfold as part of a team's tradition.
TOM BURNS, Rochester, N.Y.

Tom Verducci's scouting report on the Yankees, which was devoted to Graeme Lloyd, seemed somewhat misguided. To me, it was like scouting the Chicago Bulls and focusing on Bill Wennington. Although it is a point well taken that the Yankees' season may hinge on how successfully their middle relievers can bridge the gap between the starters and Mariano Rivera, I found this story on the world champions an insult to knowledgeable fans.

NCAA Championship
I loved the article on Arizona and its victory over favored Kentucky (Scratchin' and Clawin', April 7). Watching a team with no senior leadership have the determination to go all the way makes me realize why I like college basketball so much.
SAM PETIX, Rochester, N.Y.

I applaud Arizona's unprecedented conquest of three No. 1 seeds, but I wonder how the NCAA can run a basketball tournament that allows the fifth-place finisher in its conference to compete for a national championship.

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