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Traverse City, Mich.
Baseball managers are the ultimate enablers. How else to explain the horrendous decision by Tony La Russa to hire Mark McGwire (SCORECARD, Nov. 2) as the Cardinals' hitting coach? The commissioner's office must step in.
West Yarmouth, Mass.
You raise questions about McGwire's qualifications as a hitting instructor by citing a .263 career batting average, including four seasons in which he hit .235 or worse. I refer you to Charley Lau, long considered one of the top hitting instructors. He had a career average of .255 and in six of his 11 major league seasons hit below .200.
Chris Greensfelder, Tryon, N.C.
A True Diehard
For 37 years I've considered myself one of the most die-hard, blue-bleeding Rangers fans. But after reading Chris Ballard's heart-wrenching story about Penguins fan Pat Celesnick and her hockey-aided recovery (POINT AFTER, Nov. 2), I realize that, by comparison, I have been nothing more than a casual observer.