LINING THEM UP
Having read and heard all winter about the 74� Canadian dollar, acid rain, the troubles of the Toronto Maple Leafs and glowing predictions for the Boston Red Sox, this temporarily expatriate Torontonian was thrilled to read your insightful—and absolutely accurate—scouting reports selecting the Blue Jays as the best team in baseball (A Whole New Lineup, April 15). I'll be home in time for the Series.
The Blue Jays? Ha! The powers in the American League East are going to be the Orioles, the Red Sox and, of course, the Tigers.
BILL FLECKENSTEIN JR.
In reference to your scouting report on the Seattle Mariners, it is our hope and expectation that we will be much closer to 89 Across (six letters, clue: "Apex"—APOGEE) than to 23 Down (seven letters, clue: "Nadir"—PERIGEE) of the American League on Oct. 6 than you predict.
Ivan Maisel's scouting report on Mariner G.M. Hal Keller declares that he is a workaholic only at crossword puzzles. You may add yard work to that. As his sons, we know!
I congratulate you on your choice of the word "should" in your prediction "The Cubs should beat the Mets" instead of "will," because they won't. No one will!
PETER I. BERNSTEIN
The Phillies the 11th-best team? That's a laugh. They have to be one of the six worst.
Also, there will be a pennant race in the American League West, but the Twins will be the winners.
New Hyde Park, N.Y.
The Milwaukee Brewers are the best 22nd-place team in the history of baseball.
Toby Harrah and the Texas Rangers dead last in the majors? This time the joke's on you!
The only thing missing from your magnificent 1985 baseball issue was a feature article (replete with photographs) on one of the most stunning comebacks in baseball history, the San Diego Padres' conquest of the Chicago Cubs in the '84 National League Championship Series. For those of us fortunate enough to have witnessed all three delirious Padre victories in San Diego, that series was absolutely perfect!
Pine Valley, Calif.