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LETTERS

April 29, 2006

Trade R. Lewis now, before it's too late

It appears that Ray Lewis' problem is that the Ravens are not putting roughly 700 pounds of Sam Adams and Tony Siragusa in front of him so that his talents can be best utilized.

What he does have instead is about 615 pounds of Kelly Gregg and Justin Bannan. So he has a legitimate beef.

But the reality of the situation is that between now and the end of Lewis' career, the Ravens likely will never be able to put a tandem the likes of Siragusa and Adams in front of him, so he will never be content, thus remaining a divisive force on the defense and in the locker room.

That is why he should be traded now before age and injury further diminish what the Ravens may be able to get for him.

Jack Mitchell

Lutherville

R. Lewis taints legacy with his selfishness

It's a shame that Ray Lewis' career in Baltimore will end like the way it now appears it will. Whether he stays or moves on, I think he has devastated what would have been such a great legacy.

I always felt that I would be telling stories about Lewis long beyond his years, how he controlled the field and individually stole the heart from the opposing offenses. He earned this legacy but now appears to be throwing it away, all for money.

Lewis could have been a lifetime hero in Baltimore, but instead he let it all go to his head. Maybe someday he will realize that in Baltimore he was given the defensive line he needed to become a dominant player. Instead, now he chooses to complain because it wasn't always given to him.

Lewis should be grateful to the team and fans that stuck by him after he was charged with double murder. How about some appreciation?

Scott Jakovics

Severna Park

Starting pitchers don't go the distance

One of the most glaring deficiencies in baseball today is the obvious dearth of talent at middle reliever. That's because the way baseball has devolved the past 30 years.

In the Orioles' true glory years, starting pitchers aspired to complete games. It was a barometer of their endurance as well as their effectiveness. It was also a source of immense pride. Just ask Jim Palmer or Mike Cuellar.

Enter the era of "specialty relievers." Today it's considered a major accomplishment for a starter to finish six innings. Pitchers are groomed to start, be a setup man to a closer or be a closer.

Middle relievers? They're the scrap-heap guys, the ones who couldn't fit in the aforementioned categories.

If you want to see the least-gifted pitchers in the majors, just look at these guys. There are lots of post-surgery hangers-on, pre-retirement veterans and guys who didn't have the weapons to be starters nor the tenacity to be closers.

More emphasis needs to be placed again on starters going deeper in games. Call me a purist, but baseball will continue to suffer because of this insistence of honing specialist-type pitchers, and ignoring the concept of starters going deeper in games.

Patrick R. Lynch

Parkville

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