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July 12, 2010
It is a tad early to ticket Stephen Strasburg for the Hall of Fame or even to say he's a favorite for the Rookie of the Year or Cy Young award. I remember Dwight Gooden's early years—especially 1985, when he outdueled John Tudor for the Cy Young—and those of Mark Prior and Kerry Wood. It will be interesting to see how Strasburg does against better offensive teams when he faces them for the second time.
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July 12, 2010


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Sam Drebin, Los Angeles

Trouble at USC

The don't-ask, don't-tell atmosphere that Trojans athletic director Mike Garrett, former football coach Pete Carroll and others were allowed to cultivate at Southern Cal is unacceptable (SCORECARD, June 21). Penalties for this type of behavior should punish the principals, not the future athletes and students. Garrett and whomever he reports to should have already been fired. He, Carroll, Reggie Bush and O.J. Mayo should be sued for damages.

Bob Jolly, Stafford, Texas

I find it ironic that while athletic directors try to align themselves with who's giving them the most money, the college athlete is the one getting punished. Isn't it time to see college football for what it is: a multimillion-dollar business with indentured servants as employees?

Hugo Aguilar, Dallas

The BCS officials have refused to come up with a playoff system for college football because, they say, they don't want to destroy bowl-game traditions. Now, with teams moving to different conferences, many traditional rivalries, such as Nebraska-Oklahoma, will be lost. The NCAA has let tradition fall by the wayside. The bowls are obsolete. It's time for a college football playoff.

Bob Nelson, Bismarck, N.D.

Shedding Some Light

Thank you for Pablo S. Torre's article about depression among baseball players (A Light in the Darkness, June 21), including pitcher Ian Snell. I have followed his career and his difficulties. Depression is rough, especially for those in the public eye who feel they must hide their feelings.

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