Take that, all you crit­ics of an­a­lyt­ics

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Sorry, but I just can’t do back­flips over Dave Roberts’ con­tract ex­ten­sion. Roberts used to be a base­ball man, but in or­der to keep his job he be­came a num­bers man. Bob Sands

La Habra

While it’s hard to com­plain about back-to-back World Se­ries ap­pear­ances, the An­drew Friedman ap­proach to base­ball has sucked the joy out of the game for this life­long (since age 9 in 1965) Dodgers fan.

Com­bined with the on­go­ing fiasco of the ca­ble TV deal and the all-an­a­lyt­ics, all-the-time ap­proach that causes ever-chang­ing line­ups, I find my­self with in­creas­ingly less in­ter­est in the game in gen­eral and the Dodgers in par­tic­u­lar.

And I bet I’m not alone. Charles L. Free­man Jr.

Bald­win Hills

De­lighted to see Dave Roberts signed for four more years as the Dodgers skip­per. I en­joyed Bill Plaschke’s very even-handed col­umn on the sub­ject. The last three sea­sons with Dave at the helm have pro­duced ex­po­nen­tially more joy than sor­row. Back-to­back World Se­ries ap­pear­ances is a huge ac­com­plish­ment. Richard Agata

Cul­ver City

With Dave Robots 2.0, we’ll never know if we have a man­ager or a pup­pet as long as An­drew Friedman, the pup­peteer, pulls the strings. Ge­orge Pobe­din­sky

West Cov­ina

To put to rest all of the ar­gu­ments for Dave Roberts’ an­a­lyt­i­cal de­ci­sions based on stats, trends and habits, you just have to re­mem­ber one thing: Would

Roberts have sent up Gibson to pinch-hit in the 1988 World Se­ries? Bob Paniagua

Su­sanville, Calif.

Not bowled over

So Texas Tech fired Kliff Kings­bury af­ter go­ing 5-7? I guess some schools don’t con­sider 5-7 ac­cept­able. Craig Po­letti

San Di­mas

This is the worst col­lege bowl lineup I have ever seen. No. 5 Ge­or­gia against four­loss Texas in the Su­gar Bowl? In the sto­ried Rose Bowl, the Huskies lost to Cal and Ohio State lost to un­ranked Pur­due! Twicede­feated Wash­ing­ton State gets to play mighty four-loss Iowa State.

Even the play­offs stink: Alabama is fa­vored by al­most two touch­downs! Rich Rhea

Ocean­side

No Pac-12 team was even close to the con­ver­sa­tion for the play­offs and only one is in a New Year’s Six bowl. The Pac-12 foot­ball sea­son ended with a bad call on a Fri­day night. It was a bor­ing cham­pi­onship game played in a half-empty sta­dium. AT&T U-Verse has dropped the Pac-12 Net­works. When will the grossly over­paid Larry Scott, the most highly com­pen­sated con­fer­ence com­mis­sioner, be fired? Richard Fay

Pa­los Verdes Es­tates

Royal pains

Hav­ing been a Kings fan since the mid-1980s, I have seen bad teams, av­er­age teams and great teams. The 2018-19 roster is by far the worst. Af­ter one-third of the sea­son, they are ei­ther dead last or next to last by nearly ev­ery of­fen­sive met­ric, with a spotty de­fense to boot. They are out­hus­tled on vir­tu­ally ev­ery loose puck, and play mostly with­out pas­sion or much skill. Pro golfers would kill for the mi­nus num­bers these guys are putting up.

What is so per­plex­ing is that many of the play­ers on this team won the Stan­ley Cup in 2012 and 2014. Sure, these guys have aged, but are not nearly sup­posed to be past their prime. In the mean­time, the NHL sped up the game, and the Kings didn’t. Sorry, Rob Blake, your 15 min­utes are up. Time to re­build, start­ing with the GM. This is un­watch­able hockey. Ronald J. Peters

Thou­sand Oaks

Vic

I had no idea of the tri­als, tribu­la­tions, and bat­tles Vic “the Brick” Ja­cobs has suf­fered and per­se­vered through to con­tinue to de­liver his wacky, lov­able, sin­cere, and en­ter­tain­ing sports re­port­ing and com­men­tat­ing [Bill Plaschke’s col­umn, Dec. 2] . Talk about a work ethic!

I, as I’m sure many, many Los An­ge­les sports fans, wish him noth­ing but the best, and a full re­cov­ery from his de­bil­i­tat­ing ill­ness.

Get well, soon, Vic! We are all “feelin’ you”! Rick Solomon

Lake Bal­boa

Toxic?

Kevin Du­rant said a toxic at­mos­phere sur­rounds LeBron James. Judg­ing from the in­ten­sity and du­ra­tion of his dustup with team­mate Dray­mond Green, Du­rant knows tox­i­c­ity.

He helps cre­ate it. He thinks su­per­stars (and their egos) don’t want to play with LeBron. He’s an ex­pert there too. He left OKC, where at­ten­tion was more of­ten on Rus­sell West­brook, and has is­sues in Golden State, where it’s usu­ally about Steph Curry.

When he says he doesn’t want at­ten­tion f luff, what he re­ally means is, only if it’s not di­rected at him. Craig Rosen

Los An­ge­les

I used to think that Kevin Du­rant was smart. My mis­take. LeBron is this era’s Magic Johnson. Can you imag­ine James Wor­thy pass­ing up play­ing with Magic? Or Ringo for­go­ing the Bea­tles be­cause of Paul McCart­ney? Ray McKown

Tor­rance

The guy who joins a cham­pi­onship team so he can win one for him­self is crit­i­ciz­ing LeBron’s “en­vi­ron­ment”? Glass houses. Gary B. Ross

Bev­erly Hills

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Luis Sinco Los An­ge­les Times

DAVE ROBERTS got a new deal af­ter lead­ing the Dodgers to con­sec­u­tive World Se­ries ap­pear­ances.

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