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April 30, 2001
In regard to the cover shot of Derek Jeter and his four World Series rings, I hope Alex Rodriguez received his copy.—JUDY WIERZBICKI, Bayonne, N.J.
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In regard to the cover shot of Derek Jeter and his four World Series rings, I hope Alex Rodriguez received his copy.

Roberto's in Right
Jeff Pearlman writes an article on the sweet science of the outfield throw and doesn't mention Roberto Clemente (Launchpad, March 26)? Power, pinpoint accuracy and the grace of a fine dancer made Clemente the first and last name in this sweet science.
PAT CASSIDY, New Alexandria, Pa.

Play Ball!
The billing on your March 26 cover shouldn't have read "Why Fight It?" It should have read "Why Watch It?" Dynasties are nice when a team finds the right chemistry, works its tail off and discovers a diamond in the rough. But when a dynasty is the result of one team's buying the best players, as the Yankees do, because they have more money to spend, that's bad. How can anyone else catch up?
JOHN McBRIDE, Foil Dodge, Iowa

As a Yankees fan, I know that World Series rings haven't been distributed to the players by the team yet. So why is Jeter wearing four rings on your cover if he only owns three?
West Hempstead, N.Y.

?The ring Jeter is wearing on his pinky was commissioned and paid for by the Yankees' players to commemorate their 2000 World Series victory.—ED.

So much for your Player Value Rankings. Any rating system that ranks Jeter at 40 of 425, barely in the top 10%, and Sammy Sosa at 4 has to be considered suspect.

Awesome Arms
Jeff Pearlman's story on the outfield throw and Ellis Valentine brought back memories of watching Valentine play Triple A ball in Memphis when I was 12 years old. He was playing centerfield with a runner on second when a batter hit a ball to the warning track. Valentine scooped it up and threw to home plate. The ball was still rising as it sailed over home plate and the backstop. I remember grabbing my dad's shirt and saying, "Did you see that! Did you see that!"

Jose Guillen, Ruben Mateo and Raul Mondesi are top guns, as were Valentine, Dave Parker and Dave Winfield in their heydays. But how many of them could consistently throw out base runners at first like the Brooklyn Dodgers' Carl Furillo, a.k.a. the Reading Rifle?
JOHN B. ROBERT, Murphy, N.C.

Twin Killing
Tom Verducci's paean to the artistry of the double play brought back fond memories (Pivot Physics, March 26). Growing up in the late 1950s, my favorite player was Luis Aparicio. I listened to the White Sox on the radio, marveling at descriptions of the exploits of Aparicio and Nellie Fox, whose work around second was the best in the game.
J.E. McBEE, Lewiston, N.Y.

Not once did you mention the Detroit Tigers' Alan Trammell and Lou Whitaker, who turned more double plays than any pair in major league history.
DENNY McMAHON, Dearborn, Mich.

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