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Sports Speak Up: Isotopes winning a different kind of game

Apr. 6—'Topes hooray

Albuquerque Isotopes baseball thrives because of their staff and the atmosphere they create at the ballpark, which is truly second to none. It most definitely isn't for the quality of baseball they field. Since the Isotopes' affiliation with the Dodgers ended, I would venture to say that the 'Topes have lost far more games than they have won.

Face it, the Isotopes are pitiful baseball-wise, and will be until the Colorado Rockies "try to win by investing in their entire rosters from the rookie leagues to the major-league level." The Rockies are one of the most inept franchises in all of professional sports, and it trickles down through their farm system. The entire organization is in dire need of an overhaul.

Kudos to John Traub and his wonderful staff, because the baseball aspect of the Albuquerque Isotopes itself couldn't suck enough.

— Freddy Trujillo

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Chris Lalley may know a lot about baseball, but strikes out regarding the purpose of minor-league ball teams. Unlike every other level of baseball, teams like the Isotopes exist to supply the parent teams with players who can help them win. Best recipe for the Isotopes? Rockies winning with no injuries and no roster turnover, allowing the 'Topes to flourish with top drawer players waiting their turn in Albuquerque.

— Jon Sylvester

Praise for Geno

There is no doubt in my mind that UConn's Geno Auriemma is the NCAA women's basketball Coach of the Year, having led about one-half of a healthy team to the Final Four. UConn has almost as many heavy hitters (five) injured and on the bench as it has healthy starters (eight), some of whom have to play 40 minutes every game. Yes, one of the starters is Paige Bueckers but even so, no one could have foreseen the kind of tournament UConn has had, considering the adversity it has faced — and overcome.

A longshot win over heavily favored Iowa would (have been) icing on the cake, but Auriemma and the UConn women have worked miracles this season.

— Jack Bowers

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