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SPORTS
April 4, 1987
Now that the San Diego Padres have decided not to sign Tim Raines, I've had enough! I will pay for Raines to play with the Dodgers. Just have Al Campanis send the bill to Adam (I want a center fielder) Weiner. ADAM WEINER Encino
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SPORTS
August 8, 1987
It is safe to say that events have vindicated the Dodger management in passing on Tim Raines. On the playing field, it is reasonable to assume that the addition of Raines would mean half a dozen more wins, making the Dodgers pennant contenders. But management was correct in its assumption that it could treat its fans as patsies, that it could raise prices and do nothing to improve the team (at least nothing that would cost money), and still realize attendance at or near three million.
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SPORTS
August 8, 1987
I am amused at the concept of loyalty in respect to Dodger fans. As a 12-year Dodger season ticket-holder in Brooklyn, I did not see any loyalty displayed to the fans who were acknowledged the most loyal in baseball when Mr. O'Malley left for California gold. I did change my loyalty after Mr. O'Malley changed his. I am now a very happy Met fan watching my team on cable TV. MEL DAVIS Northridge
SPORTS
April 4, 1987
Since Peter O'Malley claims to have "great respect" for what the fans say, perhaps he will respect this rebuttal from two lifetime fans to his recent remarks in The Times (March 24). Mr. O'Malley feels that signing Tim Raines would not be in the long-term interest of the club. In that, we must admit, he is absolutely right. Raines is 27 years old now, and by 1997 he probably won't be doing the Dodgers a bit of good! But is he really serious when he implies that Ken Landreaux or one of the Dodgers' young prospects is the answer to the center-field problem?
SPORTS
March 17, 1987 | TOM FRIEND
Ballard Smith, president of the San Diego Padres, decided Monday not to sign free-agent outfielder Tim Raines to a one-year, $1.2-million contract. "I have . . . decided to terminate all discussions with Mr. Raines and his representative," Smith said in a prepared statement. "After reviewing this latest proposal, it became clear to me that we are not going to reach an agreement to sign Tim Raines.
SPORTS
February 21, 1987
Tim Raines wants about $1.8 million, right? Well the Dodgers' tickets went up $1 each for the first time in years. According to my figures, 3.5 million fans a season, minus Tim Raines' $1.8 leaves O'Malley with an increase of $1.7 million. Let's sign Raines, win a championship, plus earn Peter some extra bucks. MORREY F. SIMON Sun Valley
SPORTS
February 14, 1987
For the Dodgers, 1987 will be a year of mediocrity. It will be such a pity, for Al Campanis will be to blame because he did not sign Tim Raines. MARNI BALTER Los Angeles
SPORTS
March 17, 1987 | TOM FRIEND
Ballard Smith, president of the San Diego Padres, decided Monday not to sign free-agent outfielder Tim Raines to a one-year, $1.2-million contract. "I have . . . decided to terminate all discussions with Mr. Raines and his representative," Smith said in a prepared statement. "After reviewing this latest proposal, it became clear to me that we are not going to reach an agreement to sign Tim Raines.
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