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If Albert Pujols already has 445 career home runs in just 11 years in the majors, I think he should have no problem hitting 318 more homers throughout the remainder of his career to best Barry Bonds for the career home run total. The icing on the cake is that it appears Pujols has done it all without the use of steroids.
Matt Whittock, Lodi, Calif.
The Greatest Debate
Lance Berkman's comment that Pujols is the greatest hitter of all time (Albert's Second Act) is a big stretch. Compare Pujols's numbers to Babe Ruth's. From 1920 (his first full season in which he didn't pitch) to 1930, Ruth had a .353 batting average and hit 516 home runs. He also had discipline at the plate, with 1,376 walks in 5,402 at bats. In 6,312 at bats over a 10-year period, Pujols's had 975 walks.
John Richert, Ann Arbor, Mich.
It's Not Just Hype
While the national hype of Linsanity might be over (SCORECARD), we shouldn't be so quick to dismiss the impact Jeremy Lin had on the Knicks. Even on a night when his numbers were down—such as on March 21, when he went 4 for 17 against the Sixers—he still was a major factor in New York's winning the game, going 10 for 10 from the foul line with three assists, a steal and a blocked shot. Hopefully when he returns from his knee injury, he can still give the Knicks a winning spark.
John Robben, Stamford, Conn.
I know it's not called very often, but what Louisville point guard Peyton Siva is caught doing with the basketball in a photo accompanying Tim Layden's story on the Sweet 16 (The Powers and the Glory) is a prime example of carrying and is simply not legal.