As the major league baseball season approaches, you see a lot of fans writing in urging you to write stories about how great the Dodgers will be this year.

I am not as sure. It's possible the team will make the playoffs again. The pitching staff is good enough to win games and the bullpen strong enough to win the close ones. But is the offense good enough to score runs? It's hard to see that happening. It seems like there are too many injuries.

There are those who seem to think Joe Blanton is a good acquisition. But this is going to be a rebuilding year for the Dodgers. They shouldn't be expecting anything from Jake Lamb or Jason Heyward.

Let me tell you a little about some of my golf readers. I'll say that I seem to hear from an unusual number of readers who asked me about golf during the past year.

In one of those situations, the first question I asked was how tall were they? The answer was in two different sizes. One was 5-4 and the other was 6-1. I wasn't sure if that was uncommon, because that's what I hear on most golf courses.

However, on Sunday morning, I received a call from Steve Auerbach of Aliso Viejo. He was an avid reader and had called to ask how can I quantify Mike Trout's greatness.

Having covered major league baseball since 1993, I've been told by many former players and executives how much more talented Trout is than Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez, Roger Clemens and so on. That's why I didn't hesitate.

A few minutes later, Tiger Woods called to compliment Trout and ask me how he was doing.

Every one of those requests was unique, so I'm not going to say I've noticed a vast number of golf readers. I have noticed that many people are reading the column for the insight, not just the star power.


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