Just one more reason I wish the Mariners were a National League ball club: We'd get to see Mark Grace.
—WAYNE SAIL, Marysville, Wash.
Warm and Fuzzy Cub
Although I am not a Chicago Cubs fan, I enjoyed Steve Rushin's piece on Mark Grace (A State of Grace, Oct. 5). Despite a distinguished career, Grace has been overlooked when profiles of baseball stars have been written. This article makes up for those oversights.
CHUCK WASHBURN, San Jose
Grace laments the Cubs' decision to let Greg Maddux go (as does every Cubs fan). I just hope I never read an interview with Kerry Wood in which Wood laments a decision down the road by Chicago not to give Grace the contract he deserves.
DAVID GELLER, Los Angeles
Rushin could have mentioned that Grace played at San Diego State. Aztecs coach Jim Dietz's excellent baseball program surely must lead the majors in first basemen produced, with the Tigers' Tony Clark and the Diamondbacks' Travis Lee, as well as Grace.
ROGER CONLEE, San Diego
I used to baby-sit this kid who always made fun of the crush I had on Mark Grace. Thanks for reminding me why I like him so much. He's your friendly, neighborhood first baseman.
RACHEL LANGE, Lexington, Ky.
Eight pages dedicated to Mark Grace, who symbolizes the Cubs' mediocrity these many years? Four million dollars a year to a guy who's probably the slowest first baseman in the National League?
JOHN GROVE, Wheaton, Ill.
Your Fast Fact on the Senators in the NHL preview issue downplays Ottawa's success in the playoffs last year by mentioning its .308 winning percentage since 1990-91, the worst in the NHL (Scouting Reports, Oct. 12). On a more positive note, the Senators are the only NHL team to improve their winning percentage every year since 1992-93.
DANIEL TREMBLAY, Victoria, B.C.
How can Johnette Howard do a scouting report on the Philadelphia Flyers and not mention John LeClair, the man who carried the Flyers to the playoffs?
MARC A. VARRICCHIONE, Mansfield, Mass.
It's about time NHL players are recognized as the toughest in sports (Stitches in Time, Oct. 12). While baseball players ask out of games when they get blisters, and football players sit on the bench when they suffer turf toe, NHL players continue to play through pain.
LEE HAMILTON, Golden, B.C.
Pardon me for not getting choked up with admiration for hockey players who do their job despite injury. Playing through pain is a way of life for police officers, firefighters, military personnel, construction workers, miners and many other working people. Not one of them earns a six-or seven-figure income for his efforts.
MICHELLE WILDER LARSON, Union, Mo.