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June 7, 2014 at 7:00 AM

Seahawks’ Richard Sherman, Mariners’ Brad Miller: Seattle Times readers sound off


Send Miller down
to AAA Tacoma

Memo to Jack Zduriencik: For the love of baseball, send Brad Miller down to Tacoma and spare us all the continued frustration of watching the worst hitting and fielding shortstop in baseball. Let him rebuild his confidence in Class AAA and give someone else a chance to contribute. After 150 at bats, it is obvious he is a major disappointment and is a liability at shortstop. With the upcoming trading deadline in sight, make a trade to help at shortstop and designated hitter.

The Mariners have been irrelevant for the past 10 years. It is time for a change. Put the egos aside and make some moves to improve and stop being a 90-plus loss team year after year.

— Paul Watson, Kirkland

Infield starters
not a big hit

The May 30 game against the Detroit Tigers featured a Mariners starting infield that had a combined batting average of .192. They hit a combined 2 for 14 that game.

Do we continue tipping our hats to the pitchers, or with a team batting average of .238 through Friday, conclude that most of these guys just can’t hit?

— Larry Hamilton, Seattle

Don’t forget
about Cameron

The article in a recent Seattle Times (“M’s, Felix reign supreme in Bronx,” June 3) about the Mariners thrashing of the Yankees has a glaring error. It states that Kyle Seager tied the Mariners record of four extra base hits that Adrian Beltre set on July 6, 2007. Beltre does share the record, but he tied Mike Cameron’s record of extra-base hits when he hit four homers against the White Sox in Chicago on May 2, 2002. Cameron barely missed a fifth homer when his last swing was caught at the wall.

— Bob Carter, Port Townsend


Favoring proposed
new contract rule

There is a proposal for NFL contracts called the Loyalty Rule. Starting with the sixth contract year with a particular NFL team, 10 percent of a player’s contract monies will not count against the salary-cap limit. In the eighth year, this would increase to 15 percent and in the 10th year to 20 percent. This rule would be a win for the owners, players and fans.

The owners would have more room under the salary cap to retain players with proven value and fan appeal. The players could still shop around for the best contract and may be able to receive an offer that will keep them with their current team. The fans would see more fan favorites stay longer with their teams and not lose those favorites to other teams for (well deserved) higher paychecks.

— Ronald Kinch, Seattle

Offended? Quit
reading the paper

Offended by The Seattle Times using the Redskins nickname (“Times shouldn’t use racist nickname,” Backtalk, June 1)? Well, get over it.

The name is not intended to offend, so why let it offend you? If it still does, then don’t read the paper. The choice is
yours. I think there are far more important issues we can focus on.

— Ramsey Rutt, Renton

Bob Houbregs

More than hoops
icon was lost

Bob Houbregs was many things in life: exceptional athlete, family man, friend, successful businessman and ready wit. To those of us that attended the Bob Houbregs Sports Camp in the 1960s or ‘70s, he was even more: a willing mentor with a generous, honest heart. He rubbed off on the thousands of us that attended or worked at the camp, taking time to get to know all 125 boys each week. We saw a gentleman every moment of our time around him. He always offered a kind word, was willing to engage and teach and encourage. He became an influence for life.
We lost a basketball icon with his passing, but we also lost a man who had a major impact on our lives off the court as well.

— Steve Hawes, Seattle

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