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April 25, 2011
Although I'm a die-hard Dodgers fan, I'm not afraid to admit that the numbers put up by the Phillies' starting pitching rotation are scary enough to make the best hitters in the majors cringe. But it wasn't until I saw all of them on SI's cover, threatening me with that "I dare you to try and get a hit off of me" look, that I was able to appreciate how spooked National League batters should be.
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April 25, 2011

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As a longtime baseball fan, I have to wonder how an article can be written about the fastball without any mention of Doc Gooden's exploding 98 mph heater.

Paul Agathen

Washington, Mo.

Isn't It Ironic?

I'm still laughing at the irony of Celebrity Boxing promoter Damon Feldman saying he's disgusted with the old switcheroo the Canseco brothers recently pulled on him (SCORECARD, April 4). I think the vast majority of sensible Americans are disgusted that there is an actual celebrity boxing promoter in the first place.

William Rudd, Ada, Okla.

All Eyes on Chad

I found Joe Posnanski's positive take on Chad Ochocinco (POINT AFTER, April 4) both interesting and perplexing. While I respect Ochocinco's talents as an athlete, I do not respect him as a person. I believe he represents everything that is wrong with today's athletes: He's self-centered, narcissistic and demanding. I always thought the goal of a professional athlete was to excel and win championships, not to make a name for himself regardless of how unfavorably his antics impact his team.

Mark Scherzinger, Cincinnati

Posnanski wants us to like Ochocinco because he's "an original ... out there, being himself, breaking the rules, having the time of his life." But isn't this the same guy who has four children out of wedlock with three different women?

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