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William A. Stein, St. Paul
While you showcased the great Rivera in your story, I was dismayed there was no mention of the Yankees' other famous cutter master, lefthander Andy Pettitte. Pettitte is probably the winningest pitcher in MLB history who primarily relied on the cutter. He was more effective against righthanded hitters because of the way the pitch bore down on the handles of their bats, often breaking them.
Jason Hodgson, Astoria, N.Y.
While I agree with much of what Joe Sheehan had to say about the value of catchers (INSIDE BASEBALL, June 13), I fail to understand why he omitted the Cardinals' Yadier Molina. Not only is he one of the best defensive catchers in the game, but he has also turned himself into a respectable offensive threat, batting close to .300. That is comparable with all the catchers mentioned in the story.
Christopher Vatole, Godfrey, Ill.
I want to thank S.L. Price for his exuberant story on Rafael Nadal (The King and His Court, June 13) and his dominance at Roland Garros. Nadal is a class act, but I also think it's worth noting the fairness and good sportsmanship shown by the other two top players in the men's game, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer. All three put on a great show without the posturing.
Chris Jones, Fairfield, Iowa