Eliminating the DH?
Both Tom Verducci and Grant Wahl raise excellent points about whether the designated hitter should be phased out (SCORECARD, April 6). How about abolishing both the DH and batting by pitchers? We would be spared the artificial nature of the DH and the ineptitude of pitchers at the plate. As a bonus, with only eight batters in the order, we would get to see Mark McGwire have 12.7% more at bats.
RONALD R. HOLDEN, Kingston, Ont.
In response to Keith Olbermann's remarks on the shortsightedness of George Steinbrenner (INSIDE BASEBALL, April 13), let me remind Olbermann that the current New York Yankees lineup contains such former Yankee farmhands as Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte, Mariano Rivera and Bernie Williams.
H. PIZUTELLI, Garwood, N.J.
Ernie D: Bless, Kiss, Swish
The article concerning free throw rituals (Shooting Two: Rituals of the Modern Player, April 13) brought back memories of Providence star and 1973-74 NBA Rookie of the Year—he shot 90.2% from the foul line that season—Ernie DiGregorio (left). All of the neighborhood kids would follow Ernie's ritual before each shot: Bless yourself and kiss the crucifix on your chain.
JOHN MARSHALL, Barrington, R.I.