Currently, Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Trevor Bauer is on administrative leave as the MLB investigates sexual assault allegations under the league’s collectively bargained domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse policy. Separate from the MLB, Pasadena police are suspecting Bauer of felony assault.
With all this drama surrounding Trevor Bauer, the question on everybody’s minds is if Bauer will ever throw another pitch in a Dodgers uniform?
The uncertainty of Bauer’s return to baseball plays a key role in the remainder of the Dodgers’ season. A suspension under the MLB’s domestic violence policy alongside the potential of criminal charges leaves fans wondering if they will see Bauer on the mound again in 2021. If he were granted the opportunity to rejoin the Dodgers lineup, his teammates might not be so accepting.
Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times says several Dodgers players do not want Bauer returning to the team this season. From DiGiovanna:
Bauer’s career is in jeopardy, and his stay with the Dodgers could be over, the sexual assault allegations having turned a pitcher in his prime into a pariah in his own clubhouse, where no teammate has spoken publicly about him or come to his defense. Two people who are aware of the Dodgers clubhouse dynamics are unauthorized to speak publicly about the situation. However, they did mention that a majority of players do not want Bauer back under any circumstances.
Coming off a Cy Young Award season, Bauer was a top free agent this past offseason but certainly would come at the right price. The ace signed with the Dodgers to a three-year, $102 million contract with multiple opt-outs. Due to the domestic violence policy, the Dodgers are forbidden from releasing Bauer until the MLB’s investigation is complete.
Appearing in court just last week, Bauer learned that his official hearing will take place on August 2nd.
Bauer’s Season with the Dodgers
Although Bauer’s season has been cut short, and there’s a massive uncertainty as to whether or not he will return to the field this season, let’s take a look at what the Dodgers are missing with their ace being placed on administrative leave.
In Bauer’s 17 starts, he was able to post a 2.59 ERA while boasting an 8-5 overall record. In just 107.2 innings pitched, he sent 137 batters back to the dugout with a nifty strikeout.
Sensing a Change in Sports
It used to be all about winning. Who cared if a teammate assaulted someone as long as they performed on the field and brought success to the team, nothing else mattered. Are we beginning to see a change in today’s world where players value morals over wins?
Don’t get it twisted, as the Dodgers miss their reliable starting pitcher. When Bauer is on the mound, you’re going to win more games than lose. However, Dodgers players seem to have taken an entirely new stance on accepting a player back from an experience of this nature.
Perhaps, we may start to see a shift in what teams prioritize. Wins or reputation? Can you win games while carrying a poor reputation? Ask a Dodgers player, and I’m sure they’d have no problem answering that question.