Sports Letters: Readers are on Freddie Freeman’s side again

Dylan Hernandez’s Monday column, purportedly about Kershaw making the All-Star team, embarrasses the LA Times. Apparently continuing his vendetta against Freddie Freeman, Hernandez whines that Freeman feels slighted for not being selected. But Hernandez goes beyond that. Simply because Freeman told Hernandez that asking him if he was “checked off” by not being drafted was allegedly a “terrible question,” Hernandez went ballistic, writing, “And that’s the guy the Dodgers are going to count on in October.” Freeman is one of the best players in baseball. This is not journalism. It’s a childish mischief. Hernandez should be fired.

Craig A. Horowitz
Santa Monica

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What’s up with Dylan Hernandez vs Freddie Freeman? First he writes that total hack job, a classless column about how Freeman shouldn’t show all these conflicted emotions about the end of his tenure with the Braves, and then he feels the need to throw another jab (or three) at Freddie in an article about the selection Clayton Kershaw’s All-Star?

Hernandez is like one of those people who does something offensive to someone and then gets mad at that person for taking it badly. Freeman has every right to call this guy out on what was a really dumb article and avoid him if he wants. Hernandez has apparently never lost anything important to him, never been dumped by a girlfriend, or never fired from a job he loved, although the LA Times could do something about that.

Danny Balber Jr
Pasadena

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With all the malice leveled by Dylan Hernandez on Freddie Freeman, I thought I was reading a TJ Simers piece from the old days. Rest up Dylan! You devoted the first half of your column to Kershaw beating Freddie Freeman again, then stoop so low as to question his emotional stability? You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to understand why Freddy might react negatively to your questions.

Ted Shirley
Palos Verdes Ranch

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You must stop Dylan Hernandez’s attacks against Freddie Freeman. I have subscribed to this newspaper for over 50 years and have never seen such vitriol.

Jeanne Miller
Ventura

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Maybe Hernandez is the emotionally unstable one.

Mike Schaller
Temple city

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Freddie Freeman is wrong to call Dylan Hernandez “the worst reporter he’s dealt with it in his 13 years in the major leagues.” Dylan Hernandez is the worst columnist.

Peter Maraduddin
Seattle

Shaw must go on

If the Angels trade Shohei Ohtani, then ownership and management will have admitted they are incapable of putting together a winning team. They have arguably the two best players in baseball in Ohtani and Mike Trout. If they can’t build a team around them, then maybe it’s time to admit their failures this year and in years past and actually sell the team to someone who can get the job done.

Steve Shevell
Woodland Hills

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I’m sure the “experts” representing other teams would be happy for the Angels to trade Ohtani, which of course would be the dumbest move since the Red Sox traded Babe Ruth. How did that turn out?

William Morgan
Pacific Palisades

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Is this a joke? Perry Minassian thinks the Angels can win? He may be an idiot for getting rid of Joe Maddon, but he’s not the problem. They had a future Hall of Fame manager and two of the top five superstars in baseball and they couldn’t win. They can sign Aaron Judge and Trea Turner in the offseason and not win. Joe McCarthy can rise from the dead and manage the team, but they won’t win. And what was consistent through all those years of failure? Arte Moreno. He is the worst owner in the history of sports. He has to go. Rita Moreno would do a better job.

Dennis Connor
Burbank

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Memo to Angels CEO Perry Minassian. It’s not the manager.

Bob Kargenian
Yorba Linda

Baseball blues

Your two articles about Dodger Stadium — the maddening experience of attending a game at baseball’s cathedral — both hit their mark like Kershaw’s slider. The stadium is as magnificent as ever, but attending a weekday game is an ordeal these days – leaving home at 5pm, returning at midnight.

The parking, the food choices, the toilets, the stress of getting in and out of the stadium by car and on foot – nothing shows improvement in the last 60 years. The new central pavilion, as nice as it is, doesn’t address the deeper issues. Dodger Stadium should function as a modern ballpark, not a museum. Ownership has done a stunning job with the ball, but next to nothing with the stadium. It’s time to get serious about the fan experience.

Don Gould
Claremont

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Reading Bill Plaschke’s article about the torture going in and out of Dodger Stadium reminds me why I became an Angels fan. Reading the Angels game recap every day Ohtani doesn’t play makes me wish someone would make it easier to get in and out of Dodger Stadium.

Michael Coyle
Long beach

“Student-athlete” means nothing

Thanks to Ryan Kartje for the well written and detailed profile of new USC QB Caleb Williams. It’s a good representation of what it means to be a “student-athlete” these days. Interestingly, there is no mention of what this young man wants to study, what classes he might take, or any consideration of what attending a very top academic institution like USC might mean to him. Unfortunately, this is all the reality of major “college” sports.

Mark Handel
Santa Monica

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Many years ago, the remarkable singer Carmen McRae had a wonderful song called “I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times.” After reading the extensive article on Caleb Williams and his journey to the NIL, I was struck by the prominence of his coaches and family, sponsors and agents who are “sparing no expense in helping his potential as a quarterback” and “helping Caleb as a college player football and endorsement leader” and admitting he is here in LA at USC “to be a better football player.”

Unfortunately, in my sense of the term “student athlete,” there was no reference to education or scholarship.

Maybe I’m just not cut out for these times.

Joe Hilberman
The angels

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USC quarterback Caleb Williams’ football and business success story reminds us of two words. Todd Marinovich. Todd’s mold of quarterback greatness is perhaps the prototype for Caleb Williams’ mold.

One can only hope that his powerful stable of PR and financial advisors includes someone with the ability to prevent him from following Todd’s tragic path.

Noel Park
Palos Verdes Ranch

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