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Perranoski Deserved Better Than This

October 01, 1994

The summary dismissal of Ron Perranoski by Fred Claire appears to be a classic example of an incompetent ridding himself of an expert to provide a scapegoat for his own mismanagement.

The Dodgers were ninth in earned-run average this season, but can you blame Perranoski for Claire's disposing of John Wetteland and Pedro Martinez, thus destroying the bullpen?

Los Angeles, let's take a hard look at what Claire has let slip or given away and what he brings in. Fred, the Dodgers needed a class individual and a baseball man like Perranoski for your youth movement. Go back where you belong, selling newspapers.

DAN MORIARITY, Calabasas

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With no left-handed pitchers to speak of, I guess it made sense for the Dodgers to have fired a left-handed pitching coach.

Are there some lefties among these young players Fred Claire has referred to, or does he expect to go through another season with only right-handed pitchers?

ANTHONY GARAVENTE, Los Angeles

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If Fred Claire fired Ron Perranoski because he is too old to relate to the oncoming young pitchers, why didn't he fire Tom Lasorda, using the same reasoning? Or, for that matter, himself?

GLEN E. DIBBLE, Montebello

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