If Albert Pujols already has 445 career home runs in just 11 years in the majors, I think he should have no problem hitting 318 more homers throughout the remainder of his career to best Barry Bonds for the career home run total. The icing on the cake is that it appears Pujols has done it all without the use of steroids.
Matt Whittock, Lodi, Calif.
The Greatest Debate
Lance Berkman's comment that Pujols is the greatest hitter of all time (Albert's Second Act) is a big stretch. Compare Pujols's numbers to Babe Ruth's. From 1920 (his first full season in which he didn't pitch) to 1930, Ruth had a .353 batting average and hit 516 home runs. He also had discipline at the plate, with 1,376 walks in 5,402 at bats. In 6,312 at bats over a 10-year period, Pujols's had 975 walks.
April 16, 2012
John Richert, Ann Arbor, Mich.
It's Not Just Hype
While the national hype of Linsanity might be over (SCORECARD), we shouldn't be so quick to dismiss the impact Jeremy Lin had on the Knicks. Even on a night when his numbers were down—such as on March 21, when he went 4 for 17 against the Sixers—he still was a major factor in New York's winning the game, going 10 for 10 from the foul line with three assists, a steal and a blocked shot. Hopefully when he returns from his knee injury, he can still give the Knicks a winning spark.
John Robben, Stamford, Conn.
I know it's not called very often, but what Louisville point guard Peyton Siva is caught doing with the basketball in a photo accompanying Tim Layden's story on the Sweet 16 (The Powers and the Glory) is a prime example of carrying and is simply not legal.
Roger Friedman, Annandale, Va.
I think another explanation for our obsession with the NCAA tournament and brackets (POINT AFTER) can be found in Charles Darwin's theory of natural selection. The NCAA tournament is survival of the fittest, the process in which organisms possessing certain superior characteristics are more likely to thrive. We have been living in brackets like this since the beginning of time.
Jathan Janove, Portland
E-mail SI at letters@SI.timeinc.com or fax SI at 212-467-2417. Letters should include the writer's full name, address and home telephone number and may be edited for clarity and space.
Customer Service and Subscriptions
For 24/7 service, go to SI.com/customerservice. Call 1-800-528-5000 or write to SI at P.O. Box 30602, Tampa, FL 33630-0602. To purchase reprints of SI covers, go to SIcovers.com.
For ad rates, an editorial calendar or a media kit, e-mail SI at SIpubqueries@timeinc.com.
[The following text appears within a chart. Please see hardcopy or PDF for actual chart.]
Stories that generated the most mail last week.
POINT AFTER: TRAYVON MARTIN
SULLY AND THE MICK
What do you think will happen next between Dwight Howard and coach Stan Van Gundy in Orlando?
Kieve Dainell Veron: The Magic should trade Howard so that the team can free some cap space and sign other players. This is like the Nuggets and Carmelo Anthony last season. And just like the Nuggets, the Magic needs to rebuild next season without the disgruntled star.
Frederick Perry: Hopefully it will end with Van Gundy coaching the Knicks next season.
The Bill Walton Trip (@NotBillWalton): The Magic needs to fire G.M. Otis Smith. Orlando averaged 55 wins a year in four seasons with Van Gundy, so how is he the problem?
Victor Arroyo: I think Van Gundy is a goner no matter what. The coach always loses when a star wants him out.
Caleb Benoit: I see Howard with a new team, Van Gundy with a new team and more horrible personnel decisions by the Orlando G.M.
Ricky Funaro: Van Gundy is toast, so the Magic should finally give Patrick Ewing a shot as head coach.
Kurt Hachey: Van Gundy will resign, and Howard will leave after he sees that they can't win. Who will want to play there after everything blows up?
TWEET OF THE WEEK
"Lamar Odom and the Kardashian circus are leaving Dallas. All clowns, elephants and NBA forwards exit stage left."