FOR MARCH 25--APRIL 1, 2019
LE'VEON BELL IS ALL IN ON HIMSELF
With all the attention surrounding Le'Veon Bell's deal with the Jets, don't overlook the fact that the Steelers offered him a five-year, $70 million contract. Bell declined and then was paid nothing when he sat out last season. He then signed with New York for four years and $55 million. That's $15 million that he missed out on. Bell gambled and lost.
SI gave Bell another platform to badmouth the Steelers and Ben Roethlisberger. If we were interested in his rants we could just go on Twitter.
I enjoyed the piece on Alex Bregman, the emerging star third baseman on the Astros. It's great that he wants to be role model for kids. However, it was a turnoff to hear him say, "What else would I be doing with my downtime, sitting here reading a book or whatever other people do?" Telling kids looking up to you that reading is for losers is a horrible position to take.
SEEING IS BELIEVING
I am very excited about the incredible investment MLB has made in new technology and I believe that we will see a marked improvement in the quality of play this year. But I would love to see analytics on fans. How impactful is booing? Does trash-talking an outfielder from the bleachers affect his defense? These important technological advances shouldn't be applied to the players alone.
ALL THE PHILS
The Bryce Harper acquisition is huge. People forget that the Phillies were in first place for a significant part of last season, and they were so with a very underwhelming offense. Now they've added five huge stars. I can't wait!
Kyle Floyd Wallingford, Pa.
THE LOGAN EFFECT
I've been a subscriber to SPORTS ILLUSTRATED since 1979. I've played hockey my entire life. I'm a tough guy. Your story on Humboldt Broncos player Logan Boulet (March 11) brought me to tears. It will be with me for eternity. Bravo, Greg Bishop.
Jim De Brouwer
Good to see the Padres getting some love. With Manny Machado, Fernando Tatis Jr., Eric Hosmer and a few others, San Diego will be a much improved team.
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