Letters: Readers split over the Dodgers’ takeover of Juan Soto

Does Bill Plaschke want the Dodgers to trade their future with another starter? The initial rotation of the Dodgers is already the best in baseball and they will add Andrew Heaney and Dustin May before the end of the season. Luis Castillo? He is 29 years old. He has only had three seasons casting over 100 innings. He has lost more games than he has won. Juan Soto is 23 and could be the talent of his generation. A team starting with four players hitting under .240 needs Juan Soto far more than a mediocre starting pitcher who appears to have a decent year.

Daniele Pietra
The Angels


Obviously Soto at 23 is a great talent but comparing him to Hank Aaron, Mickey Mantle and Frank Robinson is definitely over the top. Soto is hitting under .250. At the same age the above players were hitting .326, .353 and .297.

Paolo Brucia
Hills of Granada


Jack Harris says one of the “most likely landing spots” for one of today’s so-called greatest players is Chavez Ravine. Don’t believe it. He says “there is excitement in the clubhouse”. More as an omen, jealousy, despair. Did Harris notice that the Nationals broke the Dodgers’ eight-game winning streak? And that the Dodgers were tripping over themselves trying to take sides? Soto brought a division force field to this wonderfully balanced, high-performing team. Be careful, Andrew Friedman.

Gregorio Orfalea

Pac-12 policy

After UCLA pulled out of Pac-12, Governor Gavin Newsom behaved like all politicians. He is horrified and makes his way through history.

A more prudent move would be to devote time and energy to lobby for San Diego state admission to Pac-12.

The Aztecs were successful against Pac-12 competition, opened a wonderful new Snapdragon stadium in September, and are strong academically.

The UC system has looked down on its CSU brothers. Newsom takes care of both systems, right? His time would have been better spent lobbying for CSU on this, as his efforts could actually pay dividends.

Nothing more will happen than wringing hands regarding UCLA’s departure for the Big Ten.

Bob Lowe
Greensboro, NC

Track problems

Andrew Greif’s article on America’s belated interest in track and field was a big disappointment. There is no doubt that the Los Angeles Times played a role in the decline of athletics as a spectator sport in Los Angeles. We can see this from the simple fact that the Times did not provide any coverage or summary of Sunday’s spectacular results; the best they could do was publish a sports obituary. There has never been talk of the 11 medals won by the Trojans. As if the Times’ failure wasn’t enough, the television coverage was a disaster.

Theodore Smith
Dana Point


Last week’s article on the World Athletics Championships is a prime example of gender bias. Michael Norman should be recognized for winning gold in the 400m final but he hasn’t come close to the world record. Sydney McLaughlin breaks the world record and is considered a side note. Norman gets 300 words of writing and McLaughlin gets 50 words and no front page photos. The Times provides few reports on athletics, but when it does it should be on the basis of gender equality.

Giacomo Sanbrano
La Verne


I believe the lack of promotion in the US is why track and field is no longer popular, and it’s a loss for both potential spectators and people who might be inspired to participate in some of these sports. As soon as they can locomotion on their own, most kids want to go faster, harder, higher as part of their game unless we discourage it. I was lucky enough to be in Eugene last week. The first day of competition was also exciting, certainly not boring: the best competitors in the world, joy and heartbreak. I can imagine the children present, girls and boys, inspired to practice some of these sports.

Barbara Assadi
The Angels


I find it hard to believe that a world class sports section of a world class newspaper cannot / does not offer first class (or even second or third class) coverage of one of the most important events in athletics. I mean, not only is this a world-class event being held for the first time in the United States, but nowhere do we find coverage of the events. Perhaps occasionally a human interest story, but the coverage, as it is, is relegated to the last few pages, often to some hidden paragraph of the day’s sports news. To say the least, I am disappointed with this “world class sports section”.

Carl VanGorden

Angels again

Mike Trout got injured again. The Angels again field a minor league team, again 20 games under .500. Sellers at the expiration of the trade again. Here we are again, and again, and again.

David Shermet


A big sale is not what the Angels need. A little continuity would help. It’s time for management (and ownership) to step up. Forget about trading a consistent pitcher like Noah Syndergaard. Extend it. Add someone to show good faith to the players. Time is running out on Shohei Ohtani and everyone knows it. If GM Perry Minasian can’t get things done, he brings someone there who can. As the start of the season showed, the Angels are a pretty good team. Don’t screw it up.

William Winkler

Counter columns

Is there a rivalry between Bill Plaschke and Dylan Hernández? It seems that in recent months they are writing columns to contradict and directly discuss each other.

Plaschke says Kyrie Irving would be a bad idea for the Lakers; Hernández is all for this. Hernández criticizes Freeman; Plaschke compliments him. Plaschke says the Dodgers don’t need Juan Soto but should throw instead and asks Luis Castillo; Hernández says that Soto is the game, while pointing out that no “ace” is even available.

These guys are getting on each other’s nerves or what?

Greg Wagner
Huntington Beach


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