Letters: Did Dodgers make a need-jerk reaction?
Enough with Trevor Bauer’s Twitter feed. What the guy posted before he became a Dodger means zero. Was he a jerk? Who cares? Is anybody forced to read the prattling of a kid with an inflated ego who throws a baseball for a living? Let’s see what he can do between the lines. The rest is noise.
My thanks to Jack Harris for his Tuesday recanting of Trevor Bauer’s social media “behavior.” If these are the worst examples of Trevor’s exchanges, we Dodgers fans can all rest easy; this guy is not going off the rails as had been portrayed by earlier articles. Let’s move on to baseball and leave the Twitter World behind.
So, Trevor Bauer self-identifies as a 12-year-old? I believe him. He acts like a 12-year-old. I hope Mr. Betts can have a positive impact on him very, very soon.
Justin Turner gets a lot of credit for his great batting average, especially when it counts in the playoffs. But I will never forget the super-professional, heads-up play in Game 7 against the Braves when he tagged the runner out and immediately, on his knees, turned for his throw to third base to complete a double play on the runner streaking to third. Good offense wins games, but great defense is really sweet.
Justin Turner speaks publicly for the first time since the Dodgers won the World Series and he celebrated despite testing positive for COVID-19.
To me, there’s only been one sour note this year in the whole Dodgers story, one entirely avoidable, I think. Write about the layoffs, 100 people or so, announced together with the report of losses “north of 100 million.” This decision must have been made or recommended by an MBA.
I fully believe the reported losses are real, though whether cash flow was equally impacted was not stated.
How much could 100 staff members cost? $1 million for a year? Of course that’s real money (two months’ pay for a top pitcher), nor you don’t want employees standing idle.
Dodgers management could have kept them all on payroll and donated their services to SoCal charities or governments. How much good will would that have been worth? It could have been priceless.
In October, Dodger president and CEO tells us the Dodgers lost upward of $100 million.
In the last week or so, Trevor Bauer signs a three year deal for $102 million and Fernando Tatis Jr. gets a 14-year $340-million deal.
What would these deals look like if MLB teams didn’t lose $100 million last season?
Dodgers’ David Price has 150 wins and a Cy Young Award, but he’s enthusiastic about a return after a year off because “baseball is my first true love.”
The other guys
OK. I’ll be the first to say it. Arte Moreno, it’s time you sold the Angels to an owner who is hungry for World Series glory. You keep hiring newbie general managers and then tying them down to your own whims on talent and finances. When a general manager says, “Let’s play the games and see what happens,” it translates into another visionless year. No playoffs. No glory.
Arte, sell the team.
Can AD lead?
The Lakers have much more to worry about than Anthony Davis missing the next few weeks of NBA play. With LeBron set to retire in a couple of years (although you never know for sure), AD becomes the de facto leader of the franchise in the next era. Problem is, he’s shown he can’t be counted on to stay injury-free and carry his teammates as others have while playing in the Lakers’ superstar culture.
When a team commits almost $200 million to its next star, it seems having him stay on the court is the least they should get back in return.
Billy Preston’s 1974 hit “Nothing From Nothing” is eerily similar to the Lakers’ plight, as everything minus AD equals nothing, and ya gotta have something, or so the song goes.
Not a star on Galaxy
I enjoyed Kevin Baxter’s solid background reporting on the Galaxy’s Javier Hernández. The only thing “striking” last season was his wife’s racy Instagram posts. Certainly a super-sub role should be in line this upcoming season as Hernández looks to rebound his life and soccer play. New Galaxy coaches and respected former players, Greg Vanney and Dan Calichman, might be just the tonic to assist in his productive return.
Karl Heinz Heim
Recovered from injury and over retirement fears, Galaxy team captain Jonathan dos Santos is embracing leadership role.
Look down the hall
It was obvious to me that the Clippers threw away their chance for a title when they paid Luke Kennard more than Montrezl Harrell wanted. Now it’s obvious to everyone. Hey, Steve Ballmer: You don’t replace a tiger with a kittycat.
What’s the deal?
Based on how little the Colts gave up for Carson Wentz, I definitely want to play poker with the Rams’ Les Snead!
Over three decades, the versatile Michael Yamaki has kept Riviera Country Club’s golfing paradise on course.
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