Bill Plaschke's impassioned defense of Juan Pierre [March 5] was great if you are looking for a friend, not a starting left fielder. Juan's speed is nice, but doesn't do much good trotting back to the dugout after another weak out.
Plaschke's most glaring omission is the bottom line: The Dodgers have three outfielders who are better than Pierre.
I was relieved to read Bill Plaschke's article in support of Juan Pierre. Recently I'd been worried that Mr. Plaschke had changed, but this restored my faith in knowing that he continues to understand nothing about baseball.
Bill Plaschke's column about Juan Pierre was right on the money. I also see the possibilities ahead for Juan this year, and agree they're pretty exciting. I like Juan's playing very much, and I suspect that I'd like him as a person as well.
What is more "old school" than playing the best player?
Bill Plaschke's column about Jason Schmidt's slow recovery left me with a two-word bad taste in my mouth: Darren Dreifort.
John R. Grush
Dodgers Manager Joe Torre expects his new team to be baserunning wonders, just like those guys in red across town ["Touched by the Angels," March 6].
Perennially hamstrung Jeff Kent? Bozo-on-the-basepaths Matt Kemp? Chubby Andruw Jones? Those Dodgers?
Welcome to La-La Land, Mr. Torre.
New Dodgers coach Larry Bowa's refusal to wear a protective helmet while coaching at third base shouldn't present a problem for him. When someone is already so hardheaded, a line drive will not cause any additional damage.