Thanks for giving us a glance at how former players who chose to stay clean, but never made it to the big leagues, were affected during the Steroid Era. For a while I had stopped characterizing the scandal as innocence lost, believing instead that there was no innocence to lose in the first place because everybody was using. Now I see that I was wrong.
Angela Mapes Turner, Auburn, Ind.
Tom Verducci's article on steroids (To Cheat or Not to Cheat) was excellent, but it was also sad and upsetting. It made me reflect on how awesome the Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa home run battle was during the summer of '98, only to then remember that those memories have been forever tarnished. Now I can only think about how many other records will be ruined before the dust settles.
Christopher Walsh, Hudson, N.Y.
By blowing the whistle on cheating and performance-enhancing drugs, Ken Caminiti and Jose Canseco did a huge favor to the game and possibly saved professional baseball. It's a shame that they were both ridiculed for their revelations, because the new rules governing steroids have saved many would-be users who thought the performance-enhancing drugs gave them their only shot at the majors.
Bradley M. Lown
If the real purpose of professional sports is to have players compete on a level field, then anything that is not natural (steroids, caffeine, antidepressants or even contact lenses) should be banned. But if the goal is strictly to entertain, then why not let players take whatever they want and put on a good show?
Mike Morgan, Vancouver, Wash.