Letters: Readers cut up over the Dodgers’ takeover of Juan Soto

Does Invoice Plaschke need the Dodgers to commerce their future with one other starter? The preliminary rotation of the Dodgers is already the very best in baseball and they’ll add Andrew Heaney and Dustin Could earlier than the tip of the season. Luis Castillo? He’s 29 years outdated. He has solely had three seasons casting over 100 innings. He has misplaced extra video games than he has received. Juan Soto is 23 and could possibly be the expertise of his technology. A group beginning with 4 gamers hitting underneath .240 wants Juan Soto way over a mediocre beginning pitcher who seems to have a good 12 months.

Daniele Pietra
Los Angeles


Clearly Soto at 23 is a superb expertise however evaluating him to Hank Aaron, Mickey Mantle and Frank Robinson is certainly excessive. Soto is hitting underneath .250. On the similar age the above gamers had been hitting .326, .353 and .297.

Paolo Brucia
Hills of Granada


Jack Harris says one of many “almost definitely touchdown spots” for certainly one of as we speak’s so-called best gamers is Chavez Ravine. Do not imagine it. He says “there may be pleasure within the clubhouse”. Extra as an omen, jealousy, despair. Did Harris discover that the Nationals broke the Dodgers’ eight-game successful streak? And that the Dodgers had been tripping over themselves attempting to take sides? Soto introduced a division drive subject to this splendidly balanced, high-performing group. Watch out, Andrew Friedman.

Gregorio Orfalea

Pac-12 coverage

After UCLA pulled out of Pac-12, Governor Gavin Newsom behaved like all politicians. He’s horrified and makes his approach by historical past.

A extra prudent transfer could be to dedicate time and power to foyer for San Diego state admission to Pac-12.

The Aztecs had been profitable in opposition to Pac-12 competitors, opened an exquisite new Snapdragon stadium in September, and are robust academically.

The UC system has appeared down on its CSU brothers. Newsom takes care of each programs, proper? His time would have been higher spent lobbying for CSU on this, as his efforts may truly pay dividends.

Nothing extra will occur than wringing palms relating to UCLA’s departure for the Large Ten.

Bob Lowe
Greensboro, NC

Observe issues

Andrew Greif’s article on America’s belated curiosity in monitor and subject was a giant disappointment. There isn’t any doubt that the Los Angeles Instances performed a job within the decline of athletics as a spectator sport in Los Angeles. We are able to see this from the easy indisputable fact that the Instances didn’t present any protection or abstract of Sunday’s spectacular outcomes; the very best they might do was publish a sports activities obituary. There has by no means been discuss of the 11 medals received by the Trojans. As if the Instances’ failure wasn’t sufficient, the tv protection was a catastrophe.

Theodore Smith
Dana Level


Final week’s article on the World Athletics Championships is a chief instance of gender bias. Michael Norman needs to be acknowledged for successful gold within the 400m ultimate however he hasn’t come near the world report. Sydney McLaughlin breaks the world report and is taken into account a facet observe. Norman will get 300 phrases of writing and McLaughlin will get 50 phrases and no entrance web page pictures. The Instances supplies few experiences on athletics, however when it does it needs to be on the premise of gender equality.

Giacomo Sanbrano
La Verne


I imagine the dearth of promotion within the US is why monitor and subject is not widespread, and it is a loss to each potential spectators and individuals who is perhaps impressed to take part in a few of these sports activities. As quickly as they will locomotion on their very own, most children wish to go sooner, more durable, greater as a part of their sport, until we discourage it. I used to be fortunate sufficient to be in Eugene final week. The primary day of competitors was additionally thrilling, actually not boring: the very best opponents on the earth, pleasure and heartbreak. I can think about the kids current, women and boys, impressed to observe a few of these sports activities.

Barbara Assadi
Los Angeles


I discover it laborious to imagine {that a} world class sports activities part of a world class newspaper can not / doesn’t supply top notch (and even second or third class) protection of one of the essential occasions in athletics. I imply, not solely is that this a world-class occasion being held for the primary time in the US, however nowhere do we discover protection of the occasions. Maybe sometimes a human curiosity story, however the protection, as it’s, is relegated to the previous couple of pages, typically to some hidden paragraph of the day’s sports activities information. To say the least, I’m disillusioned with this “world class sports activities part”.

Carl VanGorden

Angels once more

Mike Trout acquired injured once more. The Angels once more subject a minor league group, once more 20 video games underneath .500. Sellers on the expiration of the commerce once more. Right here we’re once more, and once more, and once more.

David Shermet


A giant sale isn’t what the Angels want. Just a little continuity would assist. It is time for administration (and possession) to step up. Neglect about buying and selling a constant pitcher like Noah Syndergaard. Lengthen it. Add somebody to point out good religion to the gamers. Time is operating out on Shohei Ohtani and everybody is aware of it. If GM Perry Minasian cannot get issues completed, he brings somebody there who can. As the beginning of the season confirmed, the Angels are a fairly good group. Do not screw it up.

William Winkler

Counter columns

Is there a rivalry between Invoice Plaschke and Dylan Hernández? Evidently in latest months they’re writing columns to contradict and instantly focus on one another.

Plaschke says Kyrie Irving could be a nasty thought for the Lakers; Hernández is all for this. Hernández criticizes Freeman; Plaschke compliments him. Plaschke says the Dodgers do not want Juan Soto however ought to throw as an alternative and asks Luis Castillo; Hernández says that Soto is the sport, whereas mentioning that no “ace” is even obtainable.

These guys are getting on one another’s nerves or what?

Greg Wagner
Huntington Seaside


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