Congratulations on the beautiful cover shot of Pete Sampras. Too bad it was buried on page 36!
SANTA MONICA, Calif.
The Summer Game
Your in-depth coverage (Baseball Midseason Report, July 17) was one of the best summaries of the paradigm shift in how baseball is played—if not necessarily won. As the game's management comes to recognize that good pitchers are more valuable than dime-a-dozen power hitters, I am confident we will see a return to the game's balance.
JEFF ALLAN, Bangkok
The home run boom might be filling seats, but it's ruining baseball by making ordinary what was once a revered ability.
JON PAINE, Provo, Utah
Dennis Eckersley may well have popularized the term "walk-off!" home run in the early '90s, but he didn't pioneer the use of the term. Japanese big leaguers have used the term "sayonara home run" for decades.
Thanks for the dynamite article on the Mariners' Edgar Martinez. He works hard, demands of himself the best he can be and is wonderful to fans. In these days of spoiled millionaire brats, Martinez is truly in a class all his own.
Mount Vernon, Wash.
It seems to me that Tom Verducci overstates the dilution of pitching due to expansion. Didn't the addition of four teams add only about 48 pitchers (11 or 12 per team)? Where did the rest of the 129 that Verducci writes about come from?
John Beukema, Minneapolis The 74 additional pitchers cited for 1993 and the 55 for '98 were the actual number of pitchers used, not the number of roster spots available—ED.
Crossing Their Tees
Thanks for Rick Reilly's piece about the Arizona Golf Association (AGA) tournament (THE LIFE OF REILLY, July 17). I only wish Reilly had included the addresses and telephone numbers of the AGA officials so all golf lovers could properly thank them for showing everyone that golf is not for having fun. At the top of every back-swing and before every putt may they clearly see the tears, hear the sobs and feel the emptiness of those two boys on their long ride home.
KEVIN HORNE, New Orleans
The cold-blooded treatment given to a father and son at a relatively insignificant golf tournament blew me away. I hope the officials got their yearly dose of feeling important.
MARK HEIDEN, Alexandria, Ind.
On behalf of those of us who try to play by the rules, I would be willing to provide a copy of The Rules of Golf and Decisions on the Rules of Golf to Reilly so he could cross out the rules he doesn't think we need to follow. You could then publish these revisions so people could play Reilly—or whatever they would call it—because it wouldn't be golf.
ROSS GALARNEAULT, Edina, Minn.