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While NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has helped implement new rules to reduce violence in hockey, he contradicts himself by reinstating a gutless, classless player like Todd Bertuzzi (SCORECARD, Aug. 15), who should have stayed suspended until Steve Moore, the man he injured, is ready to return to the ice. With all the obstacles the NHL faces this year, it doesn't need Bertuzzi providing another one.
Kelli Arnason, Denver
Solving the Sox
Daniel Habib's Stealing the Show (Aug. 15) on Scott Podsednik was an enjoyable article about an interesting person, but I disagree with Habib's assessment that the Chicago White Sox' emphasis on speed and small ball are responsible for the best record in the American League. Last year the Sox scored 5.34 runs per game, ranking third in the AL. This year, as of Aug. 25, they are scoring 4.65 per game, 10th best in the league. On the other hand their ERA has gone from 4.91, tied for 11th in the AL last year, to a league-leading 3.60, which seems more likely to be the reason they will be back in the playoffs this fall.
Ben Hall, Providence
I enjoyed Rick Reilly's column on steroid apologists (LIFE OF REILLY, Aug. 15), but how's this for irony? Pete Rose is denied entry into the Hall because of off-field violations. The steroid cheats may get in, however, despite on-field violations that make their numbers misleading.
Dennis Shepherd, Savannah, Mo.