As a member of the New Breed I am raving mad at your calling the New York Mets the "worst team in the major leagues" (Scouting Reports, April 8). Even though they lost a mere 120 games, statistics do not tell the entire story.
A pitcher will still cringe at the thought of throwing a ball to Duke Snider, Frank Thomas or Gil Hodges with the right-field fence just over his shoulder. And I am sure that Charlie Neal would be given a star role on any other ball club. As for heroic Marv Throneberry—his ninth-inning homers speak for themselves. The weakest spot is the catching, but Norm Sherry will fill that role.
Give the Mets a few years of building and experience, and they'll be battling it out with the best.
The Baltimore Baseball Club is seriously concerned about the report on our club in your Baseball Issue. I think it is regrettable that such a report should be given national circulation. Your story is superficial, inaccurate and misleading, damaging to our team and embarrassing to our players.
Your Baseball Issue was excellent. However, you left out a couple of sentences in your summary of the New York Yankees. To wit: "The Yankees should repeat, not because they are a great team but because there is not much to beat. If the Yankees were in the National League they would finish sixth, behind the Giants, Dodgers, Reds, Pirates and Cards."
ROBERT H. CLARK
Let me be the first to say, "I told you so," when the Tigers win the 1963 pennant—and the World Series.
In many of your articles, including the Scouting Reports, you refer to the Dodgers as "blowing" the 1962 pennant and handing it to the Giants. The fact is the Giants won that pennant because they were the better team. In 1962 it was the survival of the fittest and the Giants were fit.
New York City
I don't see how you can say the Giants will stop the silliness of five different teams winning the NL pennant since 1957. It is the Dodgers who will stop this nonsense, not the Giants.
We especially enjoyed your article pointing out the glaring weakness of the Milwaukee Braves.
Your general coverage of baseball 1963 was interesting, as it is every year. Although I enjoyed most of it, I was terribly unimpressed by the cover spread and the article dubbing Harmon Killebrew as "the best home-run hitter" in baseball (Out of the Park on a Half Swing, April 8).