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June 22, 2013 at 4:49 PM

Seattle Times sports readers sound off

Mariners

Rename them the Washington Generals

After so many disappointing seasons and all the hype that always precedes another mediocre showing by an eternally mediocre team, it seems only fitting to rename the Mariners something more appropriate in declaring the values of our hometown baseball team. I have debated such names as Marooners, but have to come to think that the new name should be the Washington Generals.

Each season the Mariners serve as a Class AA team for the rest of professional baseball. I say scrap the schedules and let them play the Yankees every game. What better way to honestly honor our wonderful state than to rename our baseball team the Washington Generals.

Has a ring of authenticity about it doesn’t it?

– Harriet Coffinstein, Seattle

Cheers to Kiwi looking for M’s

It’s always a super great day when you are sitting up in bed with a latte made by your husband, a golden retriever enjoying her time on the bed with us and laughing good belly laughs from reading out loud to your partner. Olivia Carville’s article (“A Kiwi’s first baseball game takes a wrong turn,” Tuesday) did just that. What a great read! I can just see her shock,of being in the wrong place — but, oh, how right!

Congratulations to your Kiwi visitor. She is a delight!

– Pat Weber, Seattle

Promotions should move to weekdays

I don’t see the rationale of the Mariners having these bobblehead nights and other giveaways during the weekend. They consistently struggle to fill Safeco Field during the week, so to me it’s a no-brainer: Start scheduling your promotions during the week instead of the weekend, so maybe more fans will come to weekday games.

– Jeff Swanson, Everett

Baseball

Now is time to protect pitchers

Within the past two months, two major-league pitchers have been struck in the head by line drives hit back to the mound. You might call it a coincidence, but I see it as a problem.

Pitchers are not required to wear helmets on the mound, as batters, catchers, and coaches do. They also are not required to wear a mask, like that of catchers and home-plate umpires. What that tells me is that pitchers are extremely vulnerable to facial injury, if not the real possibility of death. The last thing Major League Baseball wants is for thousands of fans in a stadium and millions watching at home to witness a fatality take place.

The time for them to protect all pitchers is not after something bad happens, but now.

– A.J. Chilson, Princeton, Texas

UW basketball

Time for Gonzaga, Huskies to play

With the gathering of so many well-known, ex-Husky basketball players this Sunday for the Legends and Alumni games, it seems timely to consider a notable void in the Washington basketball program: an annual game against Gonzaga.

Having experienced the non-competition of Kentucky and Louisville for 30 years, you have to wonder why UW and GU do not believe it is in their respective best interests to play each other on an annual basis.

If the concern of either school is that it would hurt recruiting to lose to the other, just look at the Kentucky-Louisville rivalry and check the last two NCAA champions (one for each school) to know that it doesn’t.

It would be difficult to find one college basketball fan from Lynden to Clarkston who did not want to see them play.

And just ask the players: Legends or Alumni.

Albany State? Are you serious? Win or lose: give me the GU Bulldogs any day.

– Jim Varnell, Normandy Park

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