Josh Langley, Euless, Texas
Tom Verducci says Ichiro's pursuit of the hit record took precedence over team play (Inside Baseball, Sept. 20). That is true. But so what? Given Seattle's record, Ichiro's decision to play for base hits was in the team's best interest. Ichiro's pursuit of the hit record was the only reason to watch a late-season Mariners' game, and as his 5-for-5 hitting on Sept. 21 proved, a darn good one. His nine hits in two games against the Angels set a Seattle record. Good for him; good for Seattle.
Todd Zilbert, Portland
Verducci's saying Ichiro is not a team player because he only hits singles and does his best to get on base every time at bat is like saying Barry Bonds is not a team player because he hits so many home runs and doesn't lay down a lot of sacrifice bunts.
Dave Darnell, Memphis
Breaking the Seal
I was surprised and disappointed that you allowed yourself to abet the spiteful, vengeful and privacy-destroying efforts by sheriff's office personnel in the Kobe Bryant case (Scorecard, Sept. 20). It is obvious that they are embarrassed by their own behavior, but you should be embarrassed by yours, since you printed what should be a protected conversation with a distraught and surprisingly naive sports figure. By publishing this material, which was sealed for a good reason, you have betrayed my trust in you as a responsible news organization.
Chris Taylor, Santa Monica, Calif.