FOR MAY 11, 2015
Nobody in the national media made a big deal when outfielder Gregory Polanco, a top prospect, was called up, so why should I‚Äö√Ñ√Æa Pirates fan‚Äö√Ñ√Æor anyone outside Chicago care when the Cubs promote Kris Bryant? The media always hypes the players being called up in big cities.
Robert Truskey, Citrus Heights, Calif.
Ever since Russell Wilson was drafted by the Seahawks in 2012, people have admired his abilities (strong arm, blazing fast, quick decision making) and his personality (hard worker, leader of men, good citizen), but they said, "Gee, if only he were tall." Well, the Titans just drafted the taller version. I believe they will be very happy with Marcus Mariota for years to come.
Mike Ligon, Kent, Wash.
Every time quarterbacks are taken 1--2 in the draft‚Äö√Ñ√ÆDrew Bledsoe and Rick Mirer, Peyton Manning and Ryan Leaf, Andrew Luck and RG III‚Äö√Ñ√Æthe two are never both successful.
Paul Cunningham, Derry, N.H.
Ty Cobb was the first guy elected to the Hall of Fame. He was also the first guy to learn the hard way that chicks dig the long ball.
Holly Springs, N.C.
POINT AFTER | PG. 60
Using Michael Rosenberg's logic about the virtues of the DH, slick-fielding but poor-hitting shortstops shouldn't have to bat, catchers should be allowed to have pinch runners, and teams should be able to use their best hitter every inning, because that's what fans want to see. Just not this fan.
Why stop at the DH? Why not open substitution? Do away with that silly rule that prevents players removed from games from coming back in. Teams could employ specialists in bunting and stealing. Think how much more exciting games would be, and nobody would have to worry about boring things like strategy.
What about that great defensive, weak-hitting shortstop? What about the catcher who is great with young pitchers but can't hit his weight? I enjoy the strategy of the game, the sacrifice bunts, double switches and managerial moves. Maybe we could even get the NBA to use designated free throw shooters.
Alexander City, Ala.
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STEPHEN GREEN FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (BRYANT)
CARLOS M. SAAVEDRA FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (ROSENBERG)
HOLLIS BENNETT FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (MARIOTA)