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Even though I'm a Cardinals fan, I admire Joey Votto's approach to the game (All the Right Moves, Aug. 30). I also applaud the rise of the Reds this year. The NL Central has been a poor sister to most of the other divisions for some time. I enjoy the developing rivalry between the Cardinals and the Reds and would love for two playoff teams to come out of the division.
Eric Young, Pocahontas, Ark.
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Thanks for Lars Anderson's three good suggestions to help NASCAR rebuild its shrinking audiences (INSIDE NASCAR, Aug. 30). I have a fourth: The races should be on broadcast TV the entire season. At just about the time I become an actively interested fan, the races move to a channel I won't pay to watch. So I give up on NASCAR for another season. Other leagues grow their ticket sales and fan bases by regularly appearing on broadcast TV. NASCAR ticket sales have shrunk as the number of races on broadcast TV has declined. But the sport has a reputation for going its own way, so it will be interesting to see what steps (if any) NASCAR will take to improve its performance for audiences and for sponsors.
Robert Travis, San Antonio
I could not agree more that the Chase needs fixing. Name another sport in which 31 teams are eliminated from the playoffs but keep on playing. As Anderson stated, there should be more of a reward for winning a race during the season. Also, how about instituting a rule that a driver cannot win the championship without having won at least one race during the season?
Dennis DiSalle, Maumee, Ohio
Thomas Lake's piece on baseball phenom Ariel Antigua should be an inspiration to all parents with big league dreams for their children (Five-Year-Old Slugger, Aug. 30). Lake did a tremendous job in focusing on Ariel's life as a child rather than speculating on whether he will be the next Bryce Harper. Whether he makes it to the big leagues or not, Ariel has a powerful support group in his parents and brothers, and that is worth more than any major league contract.