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Trevor Bauer News: Report Reveals Some Dodgers Players Want Pitcher Back

The Dodgers have three days left to decide whether to keep or release pitcher Trevor Bauer, whose 324-game suspension was shortened to 194 games 11 days ago, making him eligible immediately to return to the field. While everyone has their guesses about what L.A. will do, no one really knows — possibly including the Dodgers themselves.

Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times has a new article out that talks about the logistics, the pros and cons, and everything else related to Bauer’s potential reinstatement. There’s one tidbit in Shaikin’s article that presents some new information:



No current player is believed to have commented publicly since the arbitrator reinstated Bauer. But the front office has been told at least some players want Bauer back, people with knowledge of the situation but not authorized to speak publicly told The Times.

In 2021, shortly after Bauer was put on investigative leave, The Times reported a majority of players did not want Bauer back. (Of the 20 players who participated in the Dodgers’ 2021 postseason opener, six remain with the team.)

To be clear, both of these things could be true. Some players could want Bauer back while, at the same time, a majority of players don’t. Bauer has claimed that his teammates support him, and earlier this week he mocked reporters who quoted anonymous sources saying no one wanted him. Of course, the fact that there are only anonymous sources — that no one is willing to go on the record supporting him — probably tells you a lot about the divisive nature of the situation.

I keep wondering if public perception would be different if commissioner Rob Manfred hadn’t bungled things. The fact is, an independent arbitrator said Bauer deserved a 194-game suspension for his conduct. If Manfred had suspended him for 194 games and the arbitrator upheld the suspension, the general sentiment might be different. As it is, Bauer received the longest suspension in the history of the league’s sexual assault policy but walks away with a “victory” of having his suspension shortened from “the longest” to “still the longest but not quite as long.”

If reports are true that L.A. shied away from pursuing Carlos Correa because he’s a cheater, it’s hard to see them bringing back a guy who got suspended for sexual assault. But if there are a significant number of players who want him back — and, to be clear, we don’t know if there are; “some players” could be as few as two — ownership might take that into account when making their decision.

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Jeff Snider

Jeff was born into a Dodgers family in Southern California and is now raising a Dodgers family of his own in Utah. He's been blogging about baseball and the Dodgers 2004 and doing it professionally since 2015. Favorite Player: Clayton Kershaw Favorite Moment: Kirk Gibson's homer will always have a place, but Kershaw homer on Opening Day 2013 might be the winner.

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28 Comments

  1. Well written Jeff!
    It could be argued that Correa and Bauer are different situations. Carlos cheated with no penalty. Bauer served his suspension, is under contract to L.A. already and might help the team immensely w/o busting the CBT threshold. It’s easy to see why some players and fans would accept him back assuming he behaves himself…big assumption. So the key is really how repentant he is and whether he can still pitch. View this as a one-year prove it situation. That’s the incentive that should be applied by the club. One wonders how much control a MLB franchise can exert over a player?

  2. If you have to pay him play him this is business. It makes no sense not to get anything for that much money.

  3. If they’re not gonna let him pitch for Dodgers try to trade him. Even if you have to eat $90% of his salary it’s better than releasing him.

  4. I agree he should be allowed to pitch! Others have made mistakes and were allowed back in, so should he!

  5. Finally an article that is at least tackling the issue of other team members showing some support to bring him back. I myself never believed the “strife” that Trevor Bauer’s teammates didn’t want him back as it was stated numerous times by the press and not giving any names. Lastly as each player maybe thinks through this a little more that if they were falsely accused (not saying Trevor Bauer was) they wouldn’t want to be blocked effectively from playing again. And especially ball players almost all have been given a second chance somewhere in their careers.

  6. The comparison between Correa and Bauer is bogus.Correa assaulted the Dodgers. Why would we want him?
    When pitching Bauer helped the Dodgers. I may not like him or aspects of his personal life. But he was not arrested and served his (long) suspension.
    The worst decision would be releasing him and essentially paying him to pitch against the Dodgers. That would be stupid…suck it up for one year, then let him go if you will.

  7. Let’s say he never had done the things he was accused of. Ok is he toxic to the club house? Then let him go. But if this is about the Dodgers image then rethink things please. I never liked Bauer to begin with. But he’s a hell of a pitcher. I’m a pastor. His bedroom ordeals are wrong. If he truly is abusive to women then get some help please.. BUT HE WHO HASN’T SIN CAST THE FIRST STONE. Babe Ruth was a womanizer. I love Kobe Bryant but he was accused of r***. I love Magic Johnson but his sexual exploits led to aides. We forgive and love these guys. Can Bauer be given another chance? Pastor John

  8. Just hope this doesn’t divide the locker room. Some guys are accepting his locker room presence some are not. I understand folk make life altering mistakes we regret later. We all have in our young lives but, theirs a BUT, if that means the Dodgers have to cut him loose so be it. Hate it had to come to this. Wish him well elsewhere.

    1. World Series > Soul. Dudes a top 10 pitcher and slides right into the #2 spot in the rotation behind Urias with Buhler out. Huge addition to the roster if he plays..
      As a season ticket holder that wants to see the team win I say LET HIM PITCH!

  9. I’m not sure that I believe players really feel so strongly either way to publicly say they “do or don’t want to play with him”. Every player has played with teammates they don’t care for at some point, but if he helps the team win, they suck it up. Bauer has gotten a raw deal from the looks of things, since he has not even been charged with a crime. I know the guy is thought of as an asshole by many, but there have been worse things done in baseball that have gone unpunished, or players have gotten short suspensions. Bauer getting a “shortened” 194 games is ridiculous.

  10. The heck with what the players think. They aren’t paying his salary. If he makes the team better, bring him back and let him pitch.

  11. Let the dog do his job. He was not convicted of anything. Let him pitch. The women was a known lier. She is a gold digger.

  12. What kind of Player in the MLB would be so shallow as to listen to Justice warriors that work for the media mob pushing a narrative rather than focusing on being the player they possibly could be. The only one I can think of would be Dave roberts. Just like he was with Puig…..

  13. The guy should be pitching. He’s been working out and pitching since he was suspended. He is ready to kick some tail. If the Dodgers let him go, he should smoke them the first chance he gets to pitch against them. As a lifelong Dodger fan, I’m ashamed that they haven’t supported him after the charges were dropped.

  14. I was against Bauer returning to the Dodgers, but believe he is entitled to a 2nd chance. He served his suspension, and he should be given a chance to redeem himself.

  15. The Dodgers are a brand and that brand was tarnished when they signed him in the first place. He is not a “character” guy and I don’t believe he has shown any remorse for beating a woman (which is not in dispute) consensual or otherwise. Keeping him will exacerbate this. Let him go and take the hit. We’re better than this.

  16. This is is Ridiculous! This is case he said she said! I challenge you to watch the video of his Accuser in bed with Trevor smiling with no bruises as proof that she lied!

  17. Let him pitch! Whatever happened “innocent until proven guilty” also what happens between consenting adults is protected! Police concluded it was whitemail! Just saying

  18. Forget and forgive all of what happen the past 2 years. Reinstate Trevor Bauer and get him on the mound as soon as possible. Play Ball ??

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