Hi, welcome to another edition of
The people speak
In the last newsletter, I asked how you would improve the Dodgers, and the response was overwhelming. More than 500 of you emailed your suggestions, with the two biggest ideas: Trade
Richard Campato of Simi Valley: Get rid of Mattingly. This team has no life. They do nothing to manufacture runs. That is a reflection of the manager.
Jason Hutchison: Trade Yasiel Puig, Alex Guerrero, Darnell Sweeney and Scott Schebler to Cincinnati for
Jim Lynch of Annandale, N.J.: The Dodgers should trade Yasiel Puig to the Cincinnati Reds for Johnny Cueto and Aroldis Chapman. Throw a couple of lower level minor leaguers in the deal from each team to help obfuscate the fact that this is simply a face-saving deal for the Reds. Yes, I know Cueto's a rental. But Chapman has one more year of arbitration left after this year. Getting rid of Puig now is addition by subtraction for the Dodgers. They need to play
Bob Lamb: Trade Puig for a good front-line starter or maybe a few closers that are out there. Puig is not a team player and the Dodgers have plenty of outfield help.
Gary Muntz: Trade Yasiel Puig to the Reds for Aroldis Chapman. He would be the eighth-inning guy. Game. Set. Match.
Theo Moreno: I hate to say this, but trade Puig for a GOOD pitcher. Also, Jimmy Rollins is hitting better, but what have they got to lose if they bring up
Sandy Maroney of Concord, Calif.: Remove the geeks from the Ivory Tower (aka the front office) and replace them with bonafide baseball men.
Carl Rosen: Fire Don Mattingly and trade Yasiel Puig, while his value is still solid. I know it's controversial, but Mattingly has never won anything without
Garrett Hongo: Trade Puig to Philadelphia for Cole Hamels and change. Puig is Mr. Entitlement and is a liability. Chokes in the clutch. Fire Mattingly and hire from among the best current coaches. We need a strong baseball man and a good in-game manager who can set up the 'pen and bench for late-game substitutions.
James Mathieu of Jackson, Wyo.: Corey Seager replaces Rollins at shortstop. Today.
Bob Walsh of Charlottesville, Va.: I would trade Puig to the Phillies for Cole Hamels. I don't think Puig will ever live up to the talent that he possesses.
Shi-Ling Hsu of Tallahassee, Fla.: I would do a lot to get Dee Gordon back. I would shop what I view as an overvalued Yasiel Puig to see what we could get for him to address the speed and starting pitching deficits.
Dan Ellis: I really think it's time to let Don Mattingly go. Tim Wallach would be a good replacement. I'm also thinking of the Dodgers firing
Matt Gaffney: First thing I'd do to change things is fire Mattingly. The other major thing I'd do is figure out a way to get the Dodgers on TV again.
Michael Thurston: The first thing I'd do is trade Puig to the A's for
Will Hare: The first thing I'd do is trade Puig for Hamels, straight up.
Bill Coady: My suggestion has been and continues to be to get rid of Don Mattingly and replace him with Tim Wallach!
Tony Contreras: Do you honestly think the Dodgers aren't doing everything they can do to win a World Series? Look at their record. The Dodgers are in first place. If you think the yahoo baseball fans can do better then, congratulations, you are a sportswriter. I'll stick with the professionals, those that get paid for what they do. I have every confidence that the Dodgers will continue to do everything necessary to bring home a winner.
Don Newcombe was released from the hospital Wednesday after spending two days there after becoming ill at Dodger Stadium. Newcombe, 89, was the first pitcher to win the