After reading The Fortunate 50, I would be interested in hearing how much those well-compensated athletes pay in taxes.
Robin Loughman, Adams, Mass.
Umpiring is hard—I still think about that bang-bang play I had while I was umpiring a kids' game. Joe Sheehan's solutions (POINT AFTER) are right on. Today's umps are a little too arrogant, a little too old and a little too incompetent. And MLB is acting a little too slowly.
Ed Goeringer, Schererville, Ind.
One thing I've noticed over the last few years is that when some umpires call a third strike, it looks as if they're auditioning for Dancing with the Stars. If a player can't show up an ump without consequences, the ump should not be able to show up the player, either.
Tim Madgar, Baltimore
Sheehan perpetuates the ongoing belief that umpires should be perfect their first day on the job and get better thereafter. Why are the lowest-paid men in the majors held to the highest standard? Just like the players, they make errors. That's baseball.
Todd Bolton, Smithsburg, Md.
So Sheehan's plan is to hire inexperienced workers at twice the pay to do half the work. Where do I sign up?