Bill Plaschke wants the Dodgers to trade their future for another starter? The Dodgers’ starting rotation is already the best in baseball, and they’ll bring back Andrew Heaney and Dustin May before the end of the season. Louis Castillo? He’s 29. He’s only played three seasons, hitting over 100 innings. He lost more games than he won. Juan Soto is 23 and may be the talent of his generation. A team with four players under .240 needs Juan Soto much more than a mediocre starting pitcher who turns out to be having a good year.
Obviously Soto is a big talent at 23, but comparing him to Hank Aaron, Mickey Mantle and Frank Robinson is overkill. Soto hits below .250. At the same age, the aforementioned players hit .326, .353 and .297.
Jack Harris says one of the “most likely landing spots” for one of today’s so-called greatest players is Chavez Ravin. Don’t believe it. He says, “There’s excitement in the club.” More like premonition, jealousy, despair. Did Harris notice that the Nationals snapped the Dodgers’ eight-game winning streak? And that the Dodgers stumbled trying to get on the field? Soto brought a force field to this amazingly balanced and highly effective team. Pay attention, Andrew Friedman.
After UCLA pulled out of the Pac-12, Gov. Gavin Newsom behaved like all politicians. He is stunned and gaslights the story.
A smarter move would have been to spend time and energy lobbying for San Diego State to enter the Pac-12.
The Aztecs have been successful in fighting the Pac-12, they have a wonderful new Snapdragon stadium opening in September, and they are strong academically.
The UC system has long looked down on its CSU counterparts. Newsom takes care of both systems, right? His time would be better spent lobbying the CSU on this issue – if his efforts could really pay dividends.
However, nothing but arm-twisting will happen regarding UCLA’s move into the Big Ten.
Greensboro, North Carolina
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Andrew Greif’s article about America’s lagging interest in athletics 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 already see this from the fact that The Times did not provide any coverage or summary of Sunday’s impressive results; the best they could do was publish an obituary for the sport. There was never any mention of the 11 medals won by the Trojans. As if The Times’ failure wasn’t enough, the TV coverage was a disaster.
An article published last week about the World Championships in Athletics is a prime example of gender bias. Michael Norman should be recognized for the gold in the 400 final, but he doesn’t come close to the world record. Sydney McLaughlin is breaking the world record and this is seen as a note. Norman gets a 300-word report, while McLaughlin gets 50 words and no photos on the front page. The Times reports little on athletics, but if it does, it’s on the basis of gender equality.
I do believe that the lack of advertising in the US is the reason why athletics is not as popular and it is a loss both for potential spectators and people who might be inspired to participate in some of these sports. Once they can move on their own, most children want to move faster, stronger, higher as part of their play, unless we prevent it. I was lucky enough to be in Eugene last week. Even the first day of the competition was exciting, certainly not boring: the best athletes in the world, joy and sorrow. I can imagine the young children present, girls and boys, inspired to play some of these sports.
I find it hard to believe that a world-class sports section in a world-class newspaper couldn’t/wouldn’t cover top notch (or even second or third) one of the most outstanding events in athletics. I mean not only that this is the first time this world-class event is being held in the US, but that we don’t find coverage anywhere. Sometimes it may be a story of human interest, but the coverage – as it is – is relegated to the back pages, often in some hidden paragraph of the day’s sports news. To put it mildly, I am disappointed with this “world class sports section”.
Carl Van Gorden
Mike Trout is injured again. The Angels field a minor league team again, again 20 games under .500. Sellers are on deadline again. Here we are again, and again, and again.
A big sale is not what the Angels want. Some continuity would help. It’s time for management (and ownership) to step up. Forget trading regular pitchers like Noah Sindergaard. Extend it. Add someone to show conscientiousness to the players. The clock is ticking on Shohei Ohtani and everyone knows it. If general manager Perry Minasian can’t do something, hire someone who can. As the beginning of the season showed, the Angels are a good team. Don’t get screwed.
Is there a rivalry between Bill Plaschke and Dylan Hernandez? It certainly seems like they’ve been writing columns over the past few months to directly contradict each other and argue with each other.
Plaschke says Kyrie Irving would be a bad idea for the Lakers; Hernandez is all for it. Hernandez criticizes Freeman; Plaschke compliments him. Plaschke says the Dodgers don’t want Juan Soto but should get the pitch instead and demand Luis Castillo; Hernandez says that Soto is a game, noting that the “ace” is not even there.
Are these guys getting on each other’s nerves or what?
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