The situation with Trevor Bauer is causing a whole lot of tension for the Dodgers. Fans have had a difficult time processing how to feel about the club and their handling of it, but there are also limitations on what they can actually do right now.
Players and coaches have been asked their feelings on Bauer and how they believe that the clubhouse will change. Naturally, most of them were not willing to give an answer. But one former Dodgers pitcher and World Series champion is speaking freely.
Dave Stewart was drafted by the Dodgers and helped pitch them to a World Series win in 1981. But he recently spoke with USA Today about the situation with Trevor Bauer and how that has led him to decide not to attend the 40th-anniversary celebration of the win.
The organization isn’t what it was when we came through. The Dodgers organization that I grew up in under the O’Malley family would never stand for that. The Dodgers should have stepped up in that situation, and they didn’t. You’ve got to have character standards. I told them, ‘I can’t show up for that.’
The Dodgers are supposed to hold the celebration on July 25th. Stewart says that he will not be there because he thinks the Dodgers should be doing much more with Bauer. It sounds like he would prefer the team cut him loose as soon as possible.
I know they owe him a lot of money, but the right thing is to distance yourself from that guy. I don’t want him in my clubhouse. If you’re a teammate, you can’t support him. And if you’re a teammate supporting him, what are you standing for? If it wasn’t for his contract, he’d be gone. But even with the money they owe him, you can’t allow him to perform for you and act like nothing happened. You just can’t.
That sentiment has been shared by some across Major League Baseball, but it;’s also not entirely clear what the rules are. The general consensus seems to be that until MLB completes their investigation, the Dodgers are not able to make any final decisions.
It’s complicated and it could get very messy. But the Dodgers will wait out a few more days until the league finishes their investigation.