When Trevor Bauer’s suspension was truncated and he was reinstated, we here at Dodgers Nation ran a Twitter poll to get a feel for whether Dodger fans want Trevor Bauer back in blue in 2023. That poll got nearly 15,000 responses, with a strong majority wanting Bauer back.
What is your stance on Trevor Bauer pitching for the Dodgers?
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) December 23, 2022
Over at the Los Angeles Times, they ran a poll of their own, which garnered 19,193 responses. And while the margin was much more slim, the majority of respondents again voted to keep Bauer, according to Times columnist Houston Mitchell.
Last week, I asked you to vote in an unscientific poll as to whether the Dodgers should keep Trevor Bauer, or release him. And, after 19,193 votes, the results are in:
Keep him, 51.2%
Release him, 48.8%
Even our more lopsided poll shows how polarizing Bauer is. The question of “Should the Dodgers keep the former Cy Young winner whom they have to pay anyway?” would be a no-brainer if not for the unspoken part at the end of the question: “By the way, he was just reinstated after serving the longest suspension in the history of MLB’s joint policy on domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse, and he’s the only player in the history of that policy to be suspended for sexual assault.”
There was about a week between these two polls, and it’s tough to tell how much the time lapse affected the results. It’s also pretty clear that the L.A. Times and the Dodgers Nation Twitter account probably have slightly different constituencies. But the Los Angeles front office is surely weighing this fan opinion as they battle with the decision whether to bring Bauer back or pay him to go away.
As the poll results show, it’s not an easy decision.
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