Salvatore J. Bommarito, New York City
He may not have as many home runs as Atlanta's Francoeur, but Pirates rookie centerfielder Chris Duffy deserves at least equal billing as THE NATURAL. Duffy blends the sublime hitting, running and fielding skills of former Pirates Lloyd Waner, Matty Alou and Andy Van Slyke. He was batting .341 through Aug. 25, when he was placed on the disabled list, where, unfortunately, he remains.
Ray Baldridge, Pittsburgh
Although you included Felix Hernandez and Jason Vargas as hot rookie pitchers in Who's Hot/Who's Not (PLAYERS, Aug. 29), you did not mention Pirates rookie phenom Zach Duke. That he plays for one of the worst teams in the league makes his sparkling 6--0 record and stingy 1.81 ERA all the more unbelievable.
David Danielson II St. Croix Falls, Wis.