Letters to Sports activities: Dodger misery within the midst of a fairly good season

Trayce Thompson, center, celebrates with Dodgers teammates Gavin Lux, left, and Max Muncy.

Trayce Thompson, middle, celebrates with Dodgers teammates Gavin Lux, left, and Max Muncy after hitting a three-run residence run in opposition to the Kansas Metropolis Royals on Friday.
(Colin E. Braley / Related Press)

May there be a extra detrimental headline and pointless column than this one by Dylan Hernández? “They higher win World Collection this yr, or be forgotten.” Who needs to learn this pathetic excuse for a narrative? What precisely is the purpose of such a downer once we Dodger followers are totally having fun with this season? Disgrace on Hernández and the L.A. Occasions for the waste of area. I’m able to overlook Hernández, not the Dodgers.

Peggy Jo Abraham
Santa Monica

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It’s uncanny how Dylan Hernández can report on the Dodgers’ sweep of the Padres and switch it right into a story of gloom and doom.

Birthday events on the Hernández residence have to be a riot.

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Ray McKown


I’m trying ahead to studying a contrite column by Dylan Hernández after he known as the West Coast residence of the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Fleet “Port Loser.” And for his sake, I hope he writes that apology earlier than he meets any Marines at considered one of his favourite watering holes.

Rhys Thomas
Valley Glen


The explanation the Dodgers have however one championship regardless of their domination of the Nationwide League for a number of years is attributable to at least one factor: Dave Roberts’ poor pitching choices within the playoffs. Video games 2 and seven of the 2017 World Collection. Recreation 5 in opposition to the Nationals in 2019 when he foolishly allowed Kershaw, who had allowed 28 homers that yr, to pitch to Anthony Rendon and Juan Soto within the eighth inning of a 3-1 recreation. Final yr he burned out his aces earlier than the NLCS. Certain, he’s received a ton of video games through the common season, nevertheless it means nothing when all of it comes down to at least one determination within the playoffs.

Mike Schaller
Temple Metropolis

Switch portal dangers

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Chip Kelly is the luckiest man alive. The switch portal was tailor made for this lazy, living-off-his-past-accomplishments soccer coach.

Wouldn’t one assume that switch portal gamers current rather more of an unknown and can end in a lot much less of a cohesive unit than home-grown gamers who spent years in this system would? His personal fifth-year seniors are proof of that.

He now runs a mercenary program.

Allan Kandel
Los Angeles

Serena Williams’ unrealized potential

Serena Williams has created one other media circus, this time by asserting her attainable retirement from tennis. She is unlikely to surpass Margaret Courtroom’s document and win one other grand slam, even in opposition to the present mediocre ladies’s subject. Though her legacy of excellence is cemented in tennis historical past, her on-court outbursts and self-serving habits may even be remembered. Serena … you could possibly have been a lot extra.

Harris Levey

Lack of fairness or enchantment?

Complaining a couple of lack of “pay fairness” implies that somebody is being paid unfairly. The story on the WNBA’s journey to “pay fairness” by no means explains what’s inequitable with present WNBA salaries. Merely being paid lower than abroad feminine gamers or NBA gamers doesn’t make the scenario inequitable. Extra established leagues with far higher revenues are in a position to pay their gamers more cash. If followers don’t wish to attend video games or watch them on TV in massive sufficient numbers to generate the revenues essential to pay increased WNBA salaries, then the gamers (and the sportswriters protecting them) can’t justifiably say there’s a lack of fairness. There’s merely a scarcity of enchantment.

Gerry Swider
Sherman Oaks

Play or don’t play

After this newest Kevin Durant saga, I feel the primary NBA GM who tells a spoiled entitled participant, ”You signed a contract with us. Play or don’t play. We aren’t buying and selling you. By the best way, we aren’t paying you for companies not rendered,” must be instantly named NBA Government of the Yr.

Steve Briseno
Mission Viejo

Quite a lot of opinions

It’s acceptable for the NBA to retire Invoice Russell’s jersey, however why wait till he’s lifeless to do it? The NBA ought to have executed it whereas he was alive so he may have loved the gesture!

I can consider others who’re worthy of that honor, together with [Jerry] West and [Michael] Jordan. Present them the esteem during which they’re held now.

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Ray McKown


So the NBA is completely retiring Invoice Russell’s No. 6 leaguewide. Nonetheless, present gamers already carrying No. 6 might be grandfathered and may proceed to put on it. One other LeBron James particular rule/exception? Hopefully he’ll step up … present some class … and swap again to his authentic quantity in honor of one of many best to ever play the sport. If he does, I’m positive another participant at present carrying No. 6 will observe alongside.

Richard Whorton
Studio Metropolis

This and that

Aaron Rodgers, who grew up in a Sacramento valley farming city, makes use of a hallucinogen and he has not violated the NFL’s drug coverage. An city dude smokes a joint and he’s thought-about an outlaw. Appears Rodgers’ expertise to flee issues will not be restricted to the pocket.

Mario Valvo


They will signal massive free brokers, they’ll get Tatis again on the sphere, however the Padres won’t ever win with out one basic change: They need to eliminate these brown and mustard yellow uniforms. I counsel teal, excellent for a group by the ocean.

Invoice Nuss


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