If you hold it against Carlos Gonzalez and the rest of the Rockies' batters for playing half their games at Coors Field, then the same consideration must be given to their pitching staff (INSIDE BASEBALL, Sept. 20). Ubaldo Jimenez's stats are that much more impressive given that he's pitching in the hitter-friendly air of Denver. Ubaldo for the Cy Young!
Tom Reifsteck, Parker, Colo.
Dueling for Glory
Your story on the batting-title chase between Nap Lajoie and Ty Cobb (The Amazing Race, Sept. 20) in 1910 was a compelling read about two of baseball's alltime best players. Lajoie is also an icon of Rhode Island's sports history. Lajoie and another Rhode Islander, Cranston's Hugh Duffy, still hold the record for the highest batting averages in a season in the AL and the NL, respectively: Lajoie hit .426 in 1901 with the Philadelphia Athletics, and Duffy batted .440 in 1894 for the Boston Beaneaters.
Little Compton, R.I.
L. Jon Wertheim's wonderful article is another history lesson that shouldn't be ignored. The contrast of Cobb and Lajoie is compelling on its own, but the correlation between Hugh Chalmers and the Black Sox scandal is also noteworthy. If a scandal or cheating is ignored, the problem will fester and eventually have a negative impact on the sport.
Brian Parker, Delaware, Ohio