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March 29, 2014 at 7:00 AM

Justin Smoak, Jared Allen: Seattle Times readers sound off

Justin Smoak sizes up a pitch at spring training in Peoria, Ariz. Dean Rutz / Seattle Times

Justin Smoak sizes up a pitch at spring training in Peoria, Ariz.
Dean Rutz / Seattle Times

Mariners

Time for team
to cool on Smoak

I am doing my best to understand the thinking of the Mariners’ brain trust (if there is such a thing). In the time they have had Justin Smoak, they have had losing seasons and scored runs at a glacial pace.

Although losing is a team effort, Smoak has definitely contributed. Smoak now has 1,700 major-league at-bats with a .237 batting average. Smoak usually gets around 20 doubles. Now they talk as though he can hit 40? Smoak could hit 40 doubles if only: 1) He could hit at all; 2) He could move better than Big Bertha.

— Larry Works, Seattle

Seahawks

Smart decision by
Jared Allen, Seahawks

Regarding “losing” Jared Allen’, what’s with this attitude of “We don’t need him anyway” that Seattle always seems to have when we don’t get what we want?. We act as if Allen spurned Seattle, where he should have gone, to pursue riches with a lesser team. Allen was a Viking, not a Seahawk, so we aren’t losing anything. He had no allegiance whatsoever to any team other than Minnesota, and so he took the one that offered him a longer contract at higher pay. Smart decision on his part.

If anyone wants to feel hurt over this, it should be Minnesota, not us.
As a side note, I think we are doing the right thing. Sure, we’ve lost eight guys and only gained one, but we were insanely deep last season and we are operating with a salary cap and needed to hold on to some key players next year.

Very wise behavior by our management and Pete Carroll.

— Scott Forrest, Silverdale

Let’s watch Hawks
game at Safeco

With the great success of the Seahawks, the raising of ticket prices, and the sold-out stadium; I would like to suggest that it is time for the “13th Fan”. I attended the opening game last year of the Seattle Mariners at Safeco. As the team was playing, we got to watch on the jumbo screen, eat the stadium fare and enjoy being “at” the game with a multitude of fans.

I would like to suggest that at the away games for the Seahawks; Safeco Field could be opened for those who cannot get tickets to home games. We have the retractable roof to take care of the weather. It could be a more family-oriented situation, with seats at a much lower cost. They would get the “stadium game” experience. The Seahawks would build a fan base for filling CenturyLink in the future. The Mariners would get more exposure for the tremendous facility they have for watching a professional sports event and I believe would increase turnout for Mariners games.

Companies or players could buy the suites at Safeco and donate the seats to youth organizations and schools for kids to enjoy a game.

I think it would be a “win-win” situation for all. I think the time is now.

— Tim Murphy, Bellevue

NFL

Columnist ignored
gambling influence

It bothers me when a sports expert like columnist Larry Stone can ignore such a salient fact as the role that gambling pays upon the NFL(“Mark Cuban is right to warn about greed, but the NFL is smart enough to adjust,” Tuesday). More money is gambled on pro football during the relatively short season than on anything else.

The point spread made Las Vegas gambling and has probably influenced interest and coverage on football (mostly pro) than any other thing. A few people gamble on basketball and fewer even on baseball.

How did you miss that?

— John Lay, Seattle

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