Letters to Sports activities: In MLB labor fight, there are no winners

When and if the 2022 baseball period begins, Big League Baseball will have a ton of rebranding to do in get to gain again its alienated enthusiasts and individuals whose livelihoods have been negatively impacted by this unneeded standoff.

I would counsel shifting its brand from MLB to MBL, which would stand for My Base Line.

Invoice Waxman
Simi Valley


I sense sorry for neither the players nor the owners, and that both equally sides are to blame while greed, petulance and egos carry on to travel wedges till … who knows? I’m at a loss, and long for my favourite activity and crew, the Dodgers, to as soon as yet again get to the discipline of desires

Jeff Wood


Significant League Baseball should really be ashamed of by itself. This latest lockdown is just also much. Greed has absolutely taken more than. Ballplayers earning tens of millions of pounds for playing a sport, which they appreciate, and then holding out for extra is obscene. Following all, these fellas are not conserving lives like heart surgeons. They’re just participating in a sport. And when all is explained and completed, who normally takes it in the shorts?… The fans.

When are fans going to say “enough is enough” and end attending game titles. MLB has no disgrace in sticking it to the enthusiasts. It’s now time that the fans return the sentiment.

Kent M. Paul
Costa Mesa


Bill Plaschke reminded all of us who really appreciate the recreation of baseball, that Big League Baseball does not appreciate us again.

To essentially go to a sport charges hundreds of pounds and most of us do not make anyplace close to the ordinary participant wage. I urge my fellow admirers to do what I did in 1994, when the unimaginable happened by canceling the Earth Collection: discover university baseball!

Richard Agata
Los Angeles


At a time in which Us residents have been hurting financially and emotionally though the coronavirus pandemic has gotten the best of us, I question how sympathetic they are to baseball gamers who are unwilling to agree to a deal in massive component for the reason that their salaries have slid to an average of a “measly” $4 million per yr, placing them in a lofty posture of prosperity.

The deal deadlock can be summarized by contacting it naked greed and selfishness. There is no problem for the organizations that are in a position to profitably run centered on earnings from pro baseball, or the minimal guy and gal who function at stadiums as distributors, hosts, parking good deal attendants and concession stand workers.

Oren Spiegler
Peters Township, Pa.


Let me get this straight, Bill Plaschke just now recognized that sporting activities house owners perspective the supporters as “money-producing pawns”? Welcome to fact. All sporting activities teams see us that way because we are like the abused spouse that will not depart. Hasn’t he priced USC soccer tickets or compensated $15 for a can of beer at SoFi, or lived without having Dodger online games on Television for many years? It has always been this way. And we constantly pay.

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Jeff Heister


While the millionaires struggle with the billionaires in the baseball lockout, one particular issue needs to be tackled in the CBA: Mandatory opioid testing to go along with PED tests for anyone on the team, coaches, trainers and all. Ideally the Tyler Skaggs tragedy will hardly ever take place yet again.

Mike Gamboa
Buena Park


Honestly, does MLB and the MLBPA truly believe that followers care? I certainly really do not. Even if the time is canceled completely, it will not adjust my lifetime. I can convey to you this, what if the fans went on strike? What if we all determined not to attend games, pay out for inflated tickets, parking and concessions? It is time that fans went on strike. I’ve been to more than enough game titles for 5 lifetimes and these days, owners and gamers are attempting to bilk us all for a lifetime worth of charge into a recreation or two. Disgrace on both of those entities and here’s hoping that neither of them make a dime this calendar year.

Geno Apicella


I recognize Joe Kelly’s critique about residing in an instant gratification culture. At the exact same time, he does not appear to understand that as attention spans have dwindled, the video game of baseball has dawdled. The typical recreation is now about 3 hours. If he would like to help save baseball, maybe he can lead the demand by choosing up the speed concerning his pitches.

Jessica Abrams
Extensive Beach


I agree with 1 statement in Mr. Kelly’s short article. “Baseball is dull, they say,” he writes. They are correct!

Edward Anderson
San Diego

Defenseless Lakers

Why do the Lakers stink? Because they can not engage in protection. Why? Because older gamers like LeBron, Westbrook, Anthony and Howard are very well into their 30s and have dropped their lateral motion. Some of them can nevertheless score, but simply cannot go backward and the young guard-oriented wings of right now fly by them like they’re standing nevertheless. Don’t the dummies managing this team know this straightforward actuality? Jerry West would.

Dell Franklin


This Lakers group is embarrassing to look at and need to not be permitted to use the purple and gold uniforms. This proud Lakers franchise, the supporters and the metropolis of Los Angeles deserve much better than a group continue to hoping to figure it out.

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Donald Peppars


Possibly it is time for the Lakers to be bought. The current workforce plays worse than the statues outside the arena. #SellTheLakers

Howard Mationg

Participate in-in fiasco

Two-thirds of NBA groups make the playoffs. This consists of the new engage in-in match that the NBA is in love with. As of this creating, two of the 4 groups vying for the participate in-in event in the Western Conference are 11 video games underneath .500. The Lakers are a 3rd group, and they are 7 video games less than. How in the world does that form of a time report justify the playoffs, when in baseball, for example, you can be 10 video games higher than .500 and be eliminated?

The playoffs are meant to reward excellence, not hanging on at the best of the base.

Mitch Paradise
Los Angeles

Illogical Rams

What am I missing listed here?

Rams GM Les Snead and coach Sean McVay will not attend the merge since the Rams’ initial select is not right up until the end of the 3rd round. The dilemma with that illogic is quite a few of these players may possibly be key players quickly and maybe by bumping into these fellas, the Rams could decide up some information, in scenario a trade possibility may possibly pop up.

Much more facts is constantly improved than fewer data.

Fred Wallin
Westlake Village

Spirit-a lot less Derby

Jeers to the Kentucky Derby authorities for taking Medina Spirit’s acquire from him. I never know what beef Kentucky has with Bob Baffert but it must have very little to do with Medina Spirit. We all noticed that little horse run his coronary heart out, fend off all challengers and acquire the Derby. And it wasn’t because of a dab of salve on his butt as evidenced by his performances in subsequent races. If he is not reinstated I assume we should really all boycott the 2022 Derby.

Millie Derose
San Fernando

Golf goof

Does anyone see the irony in the PGA awarding Tiger Woods $8 million from its “Player Affect Method?” Possibly he should share some of the loot with the Rolling Hills Community Works Section.

Mario Valvo


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