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FOR MAY 29, 2017

I was mildly amused by and interested in Chris Ballard's list of possible reasons for the Warriors' continued success while Steve Kerr recovered from back surgery (No Coach, No Problem). But then I read points 11 and 12, where Ballard sneaks in some cheap shots at the President. The comments added no value and only politicized what should be a sports article. I want to enjoy what I read, not be annoyed by it.

Joe Pokoski, Owasso, Okla.

I have to take issue with Austin Murphy's claim that Colin Kaepernick is being "blackballed" from the NFL for his kneeling during the national anthem (Free Verse). Are we to believe that a league that has players with criminal backgrounds that include domestic violence charges, illegal substance use and performance-enhancing-drug issues is blackballing a quarterback because he refused to stand for the anthem? Please. The fact of the matter is that Kaepernick isn't good enough to play in the NFL anymore.

Jay C. Peters, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

Despite the examples of gifted players who learned to throw the curveball at a young age (Real Men Have Curves), it is still wise to wait until the body has matured. Many young players start out with wayward deliveries, and fatigue and poor mechanics can lead to serious injury. Concentrating on location and change of speed would be more effective—and less likely to require a doctor.

Steve E. Jordan, Gulf Breeze, Fla.

COVER

While your complex covers, like the annual March Madness preview, are pretty cool, I prefer the simple ones—which is why I loved this week's close-up shot of Lance McCullers gripping his deadly curve.

Dillon Reed Briggs Skiatook, Okla.

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SCORECARD

I agree with Jack Dickey's thesis about banishing beanballs, but a better deterrent would be to require a pitcher who's hit a batter to stay in the lineup until his next at bat—even if he's been relieved on the mound. Of course, this would only work in the NL, but that's a whole different discussion.

Bill Hernandez

Pittsburgh

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POINT AFTER

Following a season of exhorting players to keep their eyes on the ball and refrain from digging holes in the infield, this Little League coach needed to read Steve Rushin's words and just "embrace the crazy."

Eric Pinkela

San Ramon, Calif.

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