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It's amazing how agent Scott Boras has a once-every-50-years client in the draft ... every year. If players such as Bryce Harper (Wave of the Future, June 7) are really that good, they don't need an eight-figure contract coming out of the draft. The money will be there once they've accomplished something.
Eric Petrusic, Orlando
What an appropriate headline for Joe Posnanski's feature on Nationals phenom Stephen Strasburg (What Took You So Long?, June 7). I'm sure another talented young pitcher from the San Diego area is asking the same question. While Strasburg was warming up in the minors, Reds rookie Mike Leake jumped straight from a stellar college career at Arizona State to a major league mound without even seeing the inside of a minor league ballpark. He is 5--1 and has been instrumental in Cincinnati's surprising success. I hope at some point this season Strasburg and Leake will meet, and Leake will say, "Welcome to the majors. Glad you finally made it!"
As I read Mark Hyman's article on sports surgeon James Andrews (SCORECARD, June 7) and the epidemic of overuse injuries, I couldn't help but think about the SI stories on Bryce Harper and Jason Heyward (Legend Before His Time, April 19), which focus on young athletes specializing in one sport. I realize SI is not responsible for the change in our youth sports culture, but more articles such as Hyman's—which shows the risks of sports specialization—instead of articles highlighting the rare success stories of specialists might make parents think twice.
Tom Price, Mequon, Wis.
This article should be posted on the refrigerator of every overzealous parent who wants to make his or her child into a professional athlete. True phenoms will get their shots, whether or not they are on elite traveling Little League teams.