The reinstatement of Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer from his domestic violence suspension was met with exaspiration from MLB Twitter.
Trevor Bauer will be available to pitch in the MLB in 2023. Media and fans are not pleased about that development.
On Thursday, an independent arbiter reduced Bauer’s suspension from 324 games to 194, making him eligible for reinstatement immediately.
“While we believe a longer suspension was warranted, MLB will abide by the neutral arbitrator’s decision, which upholds baseball’s longest-ever active player suspension for sexual assault or domestic violence,” the MLB’s statement said. “We understand this process was difficult for the witnesses involved and we thank them for their participation. Due to the collectively bargained confidentiality provisions of the joint program, we are unable to provide further details at this time.”
The Dodgers will now have until Jan. 6 to decide whether to release the pitcher. MLB Twitter needed no time to blast the idea of Bauer coming back to play in Los Angeles or anywhere.
MLB Twitter reacts to Trevor Bauer’s reinstatement
Bauer has been accused of serious sexual assault by multiple women. The first of those emerged in 2021. Two more revealed similar accusations to the Washington Post.
However, the Los Angeles District Attorney declined to prosecute Bauer, saying they didn’t believe they could convince a jury beyond a reasonable doubt.
That didn’t stop the MLB from levying their own punishment, dolling out a record 324-game suspension in April. Bauer appealed the decision and managed to get his suspension reduced.
The first question is whether the Dodgers will welcome him back. Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported they plan to release him, which will put them on the hook for his 2023 salary of upwards of $32 million.
The next question is what team intends to put him on the mound in their uniform despite the numerous controversies he has been embroiled in over his career, including the sexual assault allegations, peddling of anti-semitic conspiracy theories and online harassment of a college student.