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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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Griffin DuBreuil, Dover, Del.

I am a high school athlete currently going through treatment for clinical depression. This article describes the obstacles that we go through and how tough it is, and I'm relieved to know that there are others like me. It is great to see that management in Seattle is taking these conditions seriously and is helping players.

Zach Thole, St. Cloud, Minn.

The article takes professional athletes off their pedestals and portrays them for who they truly are: human. Snell and Zack Greinke deserve more respect than the players who just hit home runs or strike out batters.

Matt Mramer Highland Heights, Ohio

As a Seattle native and sports fan, we rarely have much to cheer about. Our NBA team is gone, the Seahawks have had nine wins in the last two years, and the Mariners are once again a flop. It was with great pride, however, that I read about the character of the Mariners' management in its handling of the mental-health problems that affect so many players. For that, we can be proud.

Kathy Connors, Medina, Wash.

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