© St. Petersburg Times, published October 27, 2002
John Romano's column (It's prime time for Bonds, Oct. 19) on Barry Bonds being the best slugger in a World Series since Babe Ruth is laughable. It is obvious what he knows about baseball would fit in a thimble. It also is obvious he never has seen Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle, Hank Aaron or Reggie Jackson play. Bonds had a great season, but put everything in perspective. The aforementioned players faced more 20-game winners in one season than Bonds faced in a career. And in his postseason games, he has not accomplished anything. And it took him a career to do it. The aforementioned players did not have steroids or enhancements.
Bonds is a good player, though not the accomplished outfielder sportswriters make him. Especially his arm. Remember Sid Bream? Baseball is on the downhill, and the writers are trying to make it something it was. There are so many in the majors who don't belong there. Pitchers can only throw 90-100 a game. Give me a break.
-- John J. DeStefano, via e-mail
I cannot believe the Devil Rays are considering hiring Lou Piniella. This man displays the most unbecoming behavior I've seen on a field. He displays the conduct of a man full of anger and violence. Does the Rays management want to try to win games or send a message of violent behavior? We need to be careful of the message we send our youth. We have enough violence in this world.
-- Linda Hardaway Watkins, via e-mail
It appears Piniella will be manager of the Rays. Chuck LaMar had an opportunity to promote from within. Bill Evers has managed these young men at Durham and knows what these players can do. I understand he has more than 20 years experience and won a championship every year he has been with the organization except one. There have been many great managers with little or no big-league experience. Do the names Lasorda, Leyland, Alston, Stengel, Anderson and La Russa ring a bell? I hope Piniella does not make the same mistake and decides to add Evers to his staff.
-- Bob Fransen, Clearwater
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