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Letters to Sports: Readers split on Dodgers acquiring Juan Soto

Nationals slugger Juan Soto in the batter's box during a game at Dodger Stadium.
Nationals slugger Juan Soto has been the target of trade rumors as MLB’s deadline approaches Tuesday.
(Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press)

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 be adding back Andrew Heaney and Dustin May before the end of the season. Luis Castillo? He’s 29. He’s only had three seasons pitching more than 100 innings. He’s lost more games than he’s won. Juan Soto is 23 and may be the talent of his generation. A team that starts four players hitting 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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Obviously Soto at 23 years of age is a great talent but comparing him to Hank Aaron, Mickey Mantle and Frank Robinson is way over the top. Soto is hitting under .250. At the same age the above players were hitting .326, .353 and .297.

Paul Burns
Granada Hills

If the Dodgers make a deal for Juan Soto, it would bolster a lineup that should win World Series championships down the line.

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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’s excitement in the clubhouse.” More like foreboding, jealousy, despair. Did Harris notice that the Nationals broke the Dodgers’ eight-game winning streak? And that the Dodgers were stumbling all over themselves trying to field? Soto brought a force field of division to this wonderfully balanced, high-performing team. Pay attention, Andrew Friedman.

Gregory Orfalea
Tarzana

Not so close

Come on Dave Roberts, you need to get rid of Craig Kimbrel. Unless the team is ahead by a few runs, he has the potential to blow the game. Friday’s 5-4 win was a perfect example. “Closer” for him means closing down his own team.

Deborah R. Ishida
Beverly Hills

Pac-12 politics

I wonder if anyone else is bothered by the recent timetable — namely that the Under Armour/UCLA legal spat settled a full month before the announcement of the great “move” to the Big Ten Conference? The principal reason for the impending move to the “Conference that Can’t Count” was UCLA’s massive $120-million athletic department debt. The settlement figure gross for the lawsuit seemingly halves that deficit, and success on the field and court for the Bruins would go miles toward reducing the rest of it.

And yet, for a full month students, fans and alumni alike have been awash in claims that this “historic” move would forever cleanse the red stain from the budget while also claiming that adding dozens of hours of extra travel and prep time for the participants is somehow “enhancing” the student-athlete experience. Utter hogwash! This tradition-destroying cash-grab is an impending disaster-embarrassment for both universities, and only now we are told that its financial justification is not so dire and immediate. How embarrassing for all at Morgan Center and Murphy Hall alike.

Blaise Jackson (UCLA ’82)
Escondido

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The duplicity of USC President Carol Folt in torpedoing a proposed Pac-12 expansion and then joining with UCLA to bolt to the Big Ten is astounding. These are supposed to be principled people. Sic transit gloria mundi.

Skip Nevell
Los Angeles

During a call with Pac-12 university presidents and athletic directors last year, USC President Carol Folt ‘shut down’ potential expansion plans.

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After UCLA exited the Pac-12, Gov. Gavin Newsom acted like all politicians. He’s aghast and gaslights his way into the story.

A more prudent move would be to put time and energy into lobbying for San Diego State’s admission into the Pac-12.

The Aztecs have succeeded against Pac-12 competition, have wonderful new Snapdragon Stadium opening in September and are strong academically.

The UC system has long looked down on its CSU brethren. Newsom looks out for both systems, right? His time would be better spent lobbying for the CSU on this one — as his efforts could actually pay dividends.

Nothing but hand-wringing, however, will happen in regards to UCLA leaving for the Big Ten.

Bob Lowe
Greensboro, N.C.

Track trouble

Andrew Greif’s article on America’s lagging interest in track and field was a major disappointment. There is little question that the Los Angeles Times has played a role in the decline of track and field as a spectator sport in Los Angeles. We can see this by 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 of the sport. There was never any mention of the 11 medals won by Trojans. As if The Times failure was not enough, television coverage was a disaster.

Theodore Smith
Dana Point

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The article last week on the world track championships is a glaring example of gender bias. Michael Norman should be recognized for winning the gold in the 400 final but he didn’t come close to the world record. Sydney McLaughlin smashes the world record and it is treated as a side note. Norman gets a 300-word write-up and McLaughlin gets 50 words and no front page picture. The Times gives little reporting on track and field but when it does it should be on a gender equality basis.

James Sanbrano
La Verne

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I do believe the lack of promotion in the U.S. is why track and field is not more popular, and it is a loss for both potential viewers as well as people who might be inspired to participate in some of these sports. As soon as they can locomote on their own, most children want to go faster, stronger, higher as part of their play unless we discourage it. I was lucky enough to be in Eugene, Ore., last week. Even the first day of competition was thrilling, certainly not boring: the world’s best competitors, joy and heartbreak. I can imagine young children in attendance, girls as well as boys, being inspired to do some of these sports.

Barbara Assadi
Los Angeles

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For 10 days American athletes shined at the world championships in Eugene, Ore., but early metrics show track and field lags in popularity in the U.S.

I find it hard to believe that a world class sports section of a world class newspaper could not/would not offer first class coverage (or even second or third class) of one of track and field’s most prominent events. I mean not only is this a world class event held for the first time in the U.S., but nowhere do we find coverage of the events. Maybe a human interest story occasionally, but coverage — such as it is is relegated to back pages, often in some hidden paragraph of the day’s sports news. To say the least, I am disappointed in this “world class sports section.”

Carl VanGorden
Fullerton

Angels again

Mike Trout injured again. Angels fielding a minor league team again, 20 games under .500 again. Sellers at the trade deadline again. Here we are again, and again, and again.

David Shermet
Irvine

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A big sell-off is not what the Angels need. Some continuity would help. It’s time for management (and ownership) to step up. Forget trading a consistent pitcher like Noah Syndergaard. Extend him. Add somebody to show good faith to the players. The clock is ticking on Shohei Ohtani and everybody knows it. If GM Perry Minasian can’t get things done, get someone in there that can. As the beginning of the season 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 Hernández? Sure seems like over the last few months, they are writing columns to directly contradict and argue against the other.

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

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

Greg Wagner
Huntington Beach

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