When I saw your Contents page entry for a story on the Kansas City Royals (Now Comes the Big Blue Machine, April 23), I was skeptical, since the Royals have been ignored so much. But your article was terrific. I was also very happy to see the recognition given John Mayberry, the next superhero. Good work, SI, for taking an untraveled path.
I regard William Leggett's article on Kansas City as a timeless preview of a solid and determined baseball team. With rookie Manager Jack McKeon and his running and hitting offense, the Royals will definitely be a contender for years to come.
Cheers for Manager McKeon, who has his hitters swinging on 3-and-0 counts. I have always had trouble understanding the need for the "automatic take" in this situation and am happy to know that one manager is ignoring the custom. I hope Red Sox Manager Eddie Kasko reads the article before we play K.C. Incidentally, managers should forget about the intentional walk, too.