Well, I guess Atlanta Braves rookie Jeff Francoeur ( Georgia's New Peach, Aug. 29) must be this generation's Ken Griffey Jr. I remember Junior being hailed as the natural on the cover of SI (May 7, 1990). I hope that in 2020 Francoeur has the kind of year Junior has had in 2005.
David Flood Saco, Maine
Does the name Bob (Hurricane) Hazle of the 1957 Milwaukee Braves ring a bell? He batted .403 in 41 games coming down the stretch as the Braves went on to win their first World Series since 1914. Although he only played 63 more games in the major leagues, I can tell you that this Cardinals fan remembers him none too fondly.
Felix Baz-Dresch, Leawood, Kans.
I get the same thrill watching Francoeur play as I did 50 years ago, as a 14-year-old, watching number 6 play rightfield for the Tigers. That year 20-year-old Al Kaline won the American League batting title with an average of .340.
Bob Kingon, Rapid City, Mich.
Francoeur has only been in the bigs for a few months, so you're forgiven for misspelling his name in your Inside Baseball column (Aug. 29). At least you got it right on the cover.
Charlie Wurst, Athens, Ga.