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July 6, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Seattle Times sports readers sound off


Have patience, some faith

Cutting ties with Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik and manager Eric Wedge,would be catastrophic for the team and the fans. I say stay the course. We need to be patient and ride this rebuild until we see those arms we’ve heard about.

We can look at the Los Angeles Angels to see what diving into free agency would have given us: Josh Hamilton. In retrospect, I’m glad we’re not them. Instead, we can look to the future with hope. Our farm system is plentiful. We will reap the rewards.

We will win. Just not this year. Not quite yet. But soon.

– Keith Brown, Seattle

Beane ball: Go after A’s GM

The recent column by Jerry Brewer (“Which way now?” Tuesday) was thought-provoking. It also was very revealing to find that the Mariners’ record of wins at the time was exactly the same as last year’s (35-47).\

While the young talent looks very promising, we can’t be certain they will all reach their potential. Maybe it’s time to invest in a magician. Billy Beane makes $1 million a year and is a part owner of the Oakland A’s. Can he be lured away? Maybe by a combination of money and a new challenge. Make him a minority owner, pay him $1.5 million and bring him and his sabremetrics to Seattle.

After a great deal of hard bargaining, the Mariner’s could throw in the clincher: The plumbing is in great shape at Safeco Field and the toilets never overflow!

– Don Rogers, Camano Island

A-Rod jersey buy back?

The New England Patriots did the honorable thing and told fans with Aaron Hernandez jerseys they could swap them for jerseys of a different Patriots player. It’s not too late for the ariners to do the same thing for those of us stuck with Alex Rodriguez jerseys.
– Dennis Brooke, Auburn

Seattle sports

Pride in Seattle pro teams’ support

This weekend’s Pride events reminded me how great it is to live in the state of Washington and see my teams support me and my family. Thanks to the Seahawks Blue Thunder, Sounders Sound Wave and, of course, the Storm for participating in the parade Sunday. A special shout out to the Mariners, too, for flying the rainbow flag during Sunday’s game.

Seattle is a really special place to be a sports fan.

– Alicia Brown, Seattle

Not watching Howard fireworks

Celebrating our nation’s birthday is worthy in many corners. Some of us, however,  are more concerned about the career plight of of Dwight Howard. I’m just glad I’m not one of them.

– Creig Hamstad, Kenmore

UW basketball

Alumni fines raise questions

The Seattle Times story about coach Lorenzo Romar’s handling of the alumni game involving NBA players leaves many questions unanswered. Among them: Did Romar have the NBA’s approval for these player to join the games at Washington? If so, does he have proof? If not, why should taxpayer be on the hook for these fines? Players are accountable for their binding contracts, not the taxpayers.
– Samuel Bess, Shoreline


Precise writing, perfectly illustrated

A foreigner, unfamiliar with America, would conclude that there are only three sports we play — football, baseball, and the worst of the three, basketball.
But today’s article about fish in our state (“Water Colors” June 30) was fabulous. I’m not a fisherman, I’m a biologist. I read the entire article and learned something about our fish. My compliments to the artist, Whitney Stensrud, for her attention to detail and sticking to reality, rather than making the illustrations cartoonish. The author, Mark Yuasa, is to be complimented on his precise and entertaining descriptions of the fish. The maps are perfect.

– Michelle Blanchard, Olympia

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