Letters: Readers split on Dodgers acquiring Juan Soto

Bill Plaschke wants the Dodgers to trade their future for another starter? The Dodgers’ starting rotation is already the best in baseball and they will be adding Andrew Heaney and Dustin May before the season is over. Luis Castillo? He’s 29. He’s only had three 100-plus innings seasons. He’s lost more games than he’s won. Juan Soto is 23 and perhaps the talent of his generation. A team starting with four players batting under .240 needs Juan Soto far more than a mediocre starting pitcher who happens to be having a decent year.

Daniel Stone
los Angeles

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Clearly Soto is a huge talent at 23, but comparing him to Hank Aaron, Mickey Mantle and Frank Robinson is a stretch. Soto hits below .250. At the same age, the above players batted .326, .353, and .297.

Paul Burns
Granada hills

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Jack Harris says one of the “likeliest landing spots” for one of today’s so-called greatest players is Chavez Ravine. Don’t believe it. He says, “There’s excitement in the clubhouse.” More foreboding, jealousy, desperation. Did Harris Notice the Nationals Broke the Dodgers’ Eight-Game Winning Streak? And that the Dodgers tripped over themselves in the field trial? Soto brought a force field of division to this wonderfully balanced, high performing team. Attention Andrew Friedman.

Gregory Orfalea
Tarzana

Pac-12 policy

After UCLA pulled out of the Pac-12, Gov. Gavin Newsom acted like all politicians. He is horrified and makes his way into the story.

It would be wiser to invest time and energy in lobbying for San Diego State’s inclusion in the Pac-12.

The Aztecs have edged out the Pac-12 competition, have a wonderful new Snapdragon Stadium opening in September, and are academically strong.

The UC system has long looked down on its CSU brethren. Newsom looks at both systems, right? He would be better off spending his time lobbying for the CSU in this case – as his efforts could actually pay off.

However, nothing but hand-wringing will happen in regards to UCLA’s departure for the Big Ten.

Bob Lowe
Greensboro, NC

track issues

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

Theodor Smith
Dana point

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Last week’s article on the World Track Championships is a blatant example of gender bias. Michael Norman should be credited for winning the gold in the 400 final, but he fell short of the world record. Sydney McLaughlin breaks the world record and it’s treated as a side note. Norman gets a 300-word synopsis and McLaughlin gets 50 words and no picture on the front page. The Times reports little on athletics, but if it does, it should be on a gender equality basis.

James Sanbrano
La Verne

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I believe the lack of promotion in the US is why athletics isn’t more popular and it’s a loss for both potential viewers and people who might be inspired to compete in some of these sports. Once they can move independently, most children want to get faster, stronger, and taller as part of their play unless we discourage them. I was lucky enough to be in Eugene last week. Even the first day of competition was exciting, by no means boring: the world’s best competitors, joy and heartbreak. I can imagine young children, both girls and boys, being inspired to play these sports.

Barbara Assadi
los Angeles

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I find it hard to believe that a world class sports section of a world class newspaper could not/would not provide first class (or even second or third class) coverage of one of the most significant athletics events. I mean, not only is this a world class event being held in the US for the first time, we can’t find any coverage of the events anywhere. Perhaps an occasional human interest story, but the coverage – as it is – is relegated to the back pages, often in a hidden paragraph of the day’s sports news. I am disappointed to say the least with this ‘world class sports section’.

Carl Van Gorden
fullerton

angel again

Mike Trout was injured again. Angels field another minor league team, again 20 games under .500. Seller again at close of trade. Here we are again and again and again.

David Shermet
irvine

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A big sell off isn’t what the Angels need. Some continuity would help. It’s time for management (and ownership) to step up. Forget trading with a steady pitcher like Noah Syndergaard. Expand it. Add someone to show goodwill to players. The clock is ticking for Shohei Ohtani and everyone knows it. If GM Perry Minasian can’t get things done, get someone who can. As the season opener showed, the Angels are a pretty good team. Don’t screw it up.

William Winkler
Burbank

counter columns

Is there a rivalry between Bill Plaschke and Dylan Hernandez? It sure seems like they’ve been writing columns for the last few months to directly contradict and argue against each other.

Plaschke says Kyrie Irving would be a bad idea for Lakers; Hernandez is for it. Hernández criticizes Freeman; Plaschke compliments him. Plaschke says the Dodgers don’t need Juan Soto but should get pitching instead and calls for Luis Castillo; Hernández says Soto is the game while noting that no “ace” is available.

These guys get on each other’s nerves or what?

Gregory Wagner
Huntington Beach

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