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June 29, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Seattle Times sports readers sound off

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Huskies vs. Zags Legends game?

As a huge Gonzaga basketball fan, I have to give mad props to Washington for its Husky Legends and Alumni games. What a class act for so many successful ex-players to come back and support their coach and university.

If UW and Gonzaga can’t continue their NCAA rivalry, maybe they can put together a legends event. Just imagine the likes of Brandon Roy, Nate Robinson and Terrance Ross going up against Adam Morrison, Dan Dickau and Rony Turiaf. That game would definitely be a sellout.

– Randy Mecham, Seattle


Rename team 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


Move Franklin over to shortstop

Last year general manager Jack Zduriencik brought in Brendan Ryan. He was paid $1.75 million and hit .194. This year, his salary increased $1.5 million to a total of $3.25 million and he again is hitting about .200.

With a great-looking Nick Franklin playing well, hitting closer to .300 and playing out of position at second base, isn’t it time to put Franklin at shortstop and let him play?

– Harold Schweigert, Lynnwood

Joe Saunders rewrites laws of physics

A statement from Mike Zunino in one of our Mariners stories caught my attention Thursday. I came across this description of the wild pitch from Joe Saunders which led to the Angels’ only run: “It was a change-up, down and away. It just sort of sped up on me a bit.”

I find it surprising that a pitcher who has somehow found a way to defy the laws of physics nevertheless has not been able to achieve a winning record.

– Tom Likai, Shoreline


Pitchers need better positioning

Last Sunday’s Backtalk “Now is the time to protect pitchers”) featured a letter regarding the protection of the pitcher. There’s no question the line drives off the heads of two pitchers this year were horrific to watch.

That said, every coach I’ve ever had, starting in Little League, taught the same fundamental about pitching: The second the ball leaves your hand you become another infielder. In 1957, Cleveland pitcher Herb Score was hit in the head by a line drive off the bat of Yankee Gil McDougald. To quote Score, “I heard the crack of the bat while my head was down in my follow-through.”

Can you imagine playing anywhere in the infield with your head down until you heard the crack of the bat?

How many times in the modern game have you seen balls hit up the middle that should have been caught by the pitcher but ended up in center field? Pitchers don’t need helmets. They need to finish in a position that gives them a shot at playing defense and defending themselves at the same time.

– Rick Stanton, Bainbridge Island


Different strokes for some readers

Hey, Larry Hamilton of Seattle (“Why is media ignoring rowing,” Backtalk, June 9). Here’s why crew doesn’t get more coverage: It’s boring!

– Tony Snorteland, Suquamish

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