I now keep a spear gun in the bathroom.
Jon Prior, The Colony, Texas
Tom Verducci claims that power-hitting shortstops are now in short supply (Inside Baseball, May 2). Although Nomar's production has declined and A-Rod has changed positions, one shortstop has distinguished himself as an offensive threat: Detroit Tiger Carlos Guillen hit .318 with 20 home runs and 97 RBIs last year. He was the only American League position player who did not play in last year's All-Star Game. Please don't ignore him the way Joe Torre did.
Chris Packard Ypsilanti, Mich.
In Left Is All Right (May 9), Richard Hoffer cites studies claiming to show that, on average, lefthanders' life spans are shorter than righthanders'. Many older lefthanders, however, were forced to switch to righthandedness at a young age, skewing the data. It's just another case of disinformation from an oppressive majority, aimed at those of us in the downtrodden lefthanded minority.
Richard A. Banyard, Wayne, Pa.
If the suicide rate among lefthanded players in the majors is significantly lower than the suicide rate among lefthanders in the general population, perhaps it's because baseball is one arena in which lefthandedness is actually an asset.
Steve Warren, Waldoboro, Maine