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Jim Thome's season is emblematic of the outstanding career he's had since coming up with the Indians in 1991. Thome has produced year after year and helped his teams reach the playoffs nine times. Thank you for sharing this Hall of Famer's role and showing how important he is to baseball.
Steven Pincus, Woodland Hills, Calif.
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Your cover showing Jim Thome of the Twins hitting at Target Field had a familiar look to it (Still Going Strong, Sept. 27). I pulled out my copy of SI's inaugural issue (Aug. 16, 1954), which shows Eddie Mathews of the Braves in an almost identical pose. But that's where the similarity ends: The cover price on that first issue was 25 cents.
Clifford Haller Newburyport, Mass.
I grew up as a Twins fan and watched Harmon Killebrew hit many majestic home runs. Fans didn't leave their seats when Harmon was up. Thome brings that same excitement to the ballpark.
Scott Potter, Morgan, Minn.
I am a team orthopedic surgeon for Florida State and served as orthopedic surgeon for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Reading David Epstein's and Melissa Segura's article (The Elusive Dr. Galea, Sept. 27), I was disappointed to learn that Jamal Lewis says he can't trust team physicians and that "anything they tell me goes in one ear and out the other." A doctor-patient relationship cannot exist on those terms. I can assure Lewis and others that team physicians have the patients' well-being as their top priority.
Bill Thompson Tallahassee, Fla.