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June 29, 2015
June 29, 2015

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June 29, 2015

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  • Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel are the big prizes this year, but there are a number of other prospects with franchise-altering potential in the class of 2015. Here are 10 names you need to know ahead of the June 26--27 draft

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FOR JUNE 15, 2015

This is an article from the June 29, 2015 issue

Let's not get too caught up in Johan Santana's no-hitter against the Cardinals. As far as I am concerned, neither he nor the Mets have a no-hitter. Calling Carlos Beltran's hit fair when it was clearly foul was a terrible call and tainted Santana's accomplishment.

Dave Charles, Auburn, N.Y.

This picture of American Pharoah, which ran on your Lineup page, should have been on the cover. Do you think the horse knew what he had just accomplished? By his smile, it sure looks that way.

Jonathan Walker, Colorado Springs

How can one photograph sum up an entire sporting event and its place in history? The grin on both Victor Espinoza's and American Pharoah's faces says it all.

Jim Wall, Graham, Wash.

Lee Jenkins's article on Steve Kerr reminded me of a great experience I had with Kerr almost two years ago. At the time I was 78 years old and was taking my usual weekend walk near my house when I tripped and fell, banging my head on the ground and scraping my hands so badly that they bled. Before I knew it, some guy was lifting me up to help. "You look like Steve Kerr," I said. "I am Steve Kerr, and you need to see a doctor," he responded. Soon he and another man were arranging for my transportation home. Proof positive that Kerr is a kind, considerate human being.

Donald J. Ritt, M.D., Solana Beach, Calif.

COVER

In looking at your cover, I couldn't help but wonder how many of the people pictured are going to someday wish they had a memory of actually seeing American Pharoah cross the finish line instead of looking at their cellphones.

Davis Chapus

Rush, N.Y.

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SCORECARD

Not only was Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper (right) peewee teammates with Rangers third base prospect Joey Gallo, but he also played Little League and youth baseball with Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant.

Russell Finelsen

Bethel Park, Pa.

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POINT AFTER

Nick Saban's comments on changing the rules for satellite camps to ensure parity is parody. How about the inconsistencies in the number of conference games played by certain schools?

Simon Aerbauch

Chicago

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PHOTOSIMON BRUTY FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (AMERICAN PHAROAH)PHOTOERICK W. RASCO FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (COVER)TWO PHOTOSDAVID BANKS/GETTY IMAGES (BRYANT, HARPER)PHOTOTYLER KAUFMAN/ICON SPORTSWIRE/AP (SABAN)PHOTONOAH GRAHAM/NBAE/GETTY IMAGES (KERR)PHOTOMARC LEVINE/NEW YORK METS (SANTANA)