Letters: Readers are divided on the Dodgers’ acquisition of 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 add back Andrew Heaney and Dustin May before the season ends. Luis Castillo? He’s 29. He’s only had three 100-plus inning seasons. He has lost more games than he has won. Juan Soto is 23 and may be the talent of his generation. A team starting four players hitting under .240 needs Juan Soto much more than a mediocre starting pitcher who happens to have a decent year.

Daniel Stone
The angels

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Obviously, Soto at 23 is a great talent, but comparing him to Hank Aaron, Mickey Mantle and Frank Robinson is a stretch. Soto is hitting under .250. At the same age, the above players were hitting .326, .353 and .297.

Paul Burns
Granada Hills

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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 Rain. Don’t believe it. He says, “there’s excitement in the club.” More of a foreboding, jealousy, desperation. Did Harris notice that the Nationals snapped the Dodgers’ eight-game hitting streak? And that the Dodgers are stumbling in their attempts to pitch? Soto brought a powerhouse of division to this wonderfully balanced, high-performing team. Pay attention, Andrew Friedman.

Gregory of Orfalea
Tarzana

Pac-12 Policy

After UCLA left the Pac-12, Gov. Gavin Newsom acted like all politicians do. He’s terrible and he’s making his way into history.

The wiser move would be to spend time and energy lobbying for San Diego State’s acceptance into the Pac-12.

The Aztecs have been successful against Pac-12 competition, have a beautiful new Snapdragon Stadium opening in September, and are strong academically.

The UC system has long looked down on its CSU brethren. Newsom caters to both systems, doesn’t he? His time would be better spent lobbying the CSU on this issue – as his efforts may actually pay dividends.

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

Bob Lowe
Greensboro, North Carolina

Issue tracking

Andrew Greif’s article on America’s lagging interest in athletics was a major disappointment. There is no doubt 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 very fact that The Times provided no coverage or summary of Sunday’s spectacular results; the best they could do was publish a sports obituary. There was no mention at all of the 11 medals won by the Trojans. As if the failure of The Times was not enough, the television coverage was a disaster.

Theodore Smith
Dana Point

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Last week’s article about the world track championships is a prime 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 broke the world record and that was treated as a side note. Norman gets 300 words of text and McLaughlin gets 50 words and no front page photo. The Times reports little on athletics, but when it does it must be on a gender-equal basis.

James Sanbrano
La Verne

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I believe the lack of promotion in the US is why track and field isn’t more popular, and it’s a loss to both potential viewers and people who might be inspired to participate in some of these sports. As soon as they can move on their own, most children want to move faster, harder, higher as part of their play unless we discourage it. I was lucky enough to be in Eugene last week. Even the first race day was exciting, certainly not boring: the best competitors in the world, joy and sorrow. I can imagine the young children in attendance, both girls and boys, inspired to take up some of these sports.

Barbara Assadi
The angels

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I find it hard to believe that a world-class sports section of a world-class newspaper wouldn’t/couldn’t offer first-rate (or even second- or third-rate) coverage of one of the most famous events in athletics. I mean, not only is this a world-class event being held in the US for the first time, but we don’t find coverage of the events anywhere. Maybe the occasional human interest story, but the coverage – such as it is – has been relegated to the back pages, often in some hidden paragraph of the day’s sports news. To say the least, I am disappointed with this “world class sports section”.

Carl Van Gorden
Fullerton

Angels again

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

David Shermet
Irvine

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A big sale 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 it. Add someone to show good faith to the players. The clock is ticking on Shohei Ohtani and everyone knows it. If GM Perry Minassian can’t get things done, find someone who can. As the start of the season has shown, 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 certainly seems that for the past few months they have been writing columns to directly contradict and argue against each other.

Plaschke Says Kyrie Irving Would Be A Bad Idea For Lakers; Hernandez is all for it. Hernandez criticizes Freeman; Plaschke compliments him. Plaschke Says Dodgers Don’t Need Juan Soto, Instead They Should Target Luis Castillo; Hernandez says the game is Soto, noting there isn’t even an “ace” available.

Are these guys getting on my nerves or what?

Greg Wagner
Huntington Beach

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