Should Trevor Bauer Be Allowed To Pitch In 2022?
It’s April. Trees are in bloom, and baseball is back with a fiery vengeance. However, with Opening Day rapidly approaching, one question still looms in the air. Should Trevor Bauer be given the opportunity to pitch in 2022?
As many of us already know, A woman called out high-profiled Dodgers starting pitcher Bauer for allegedly sexually assaulting her back in April and May 2021. The league put him on administrative leave by the league and has remained in this sort of limbo ever since.
The Pasadena police did an investigation, and the court threw out the case due to lack of evidence. Many assumed after that Bauer would be back on the mound for the Dodgers, especially after spending millions of dollars.
Yet, Commissioner Manfred is still not budging until Major League Baseball conducts an investigation of its own. The waiting game has exceeded nine months.
Similar cases such as Marcell Ozuna, who was involved in a domestic assault with his girlfriend, got a 20 game suspension. You cross into the National Football League, and you have Deshaun Watson getting a 5-year deal worth millions after having 22 women present lawsuits against him for sexual assault.
This is where it doesn’t make sense. Sports are so crude in this manner that they’ll allow men like this to continuously perform, even after allegedly performing these disgusting acts. Heck, Aroldis Chapman pulled a gun on his wife.
I guess what I’m saying is that there shouldn’t be an exception for Bauer. All of these players shouldn’t be on the field, but yet they are. So in my opinion, Bauer shouldn’t be an outlier. Whatever the MLB finds will be interesting to uncover. Bauer should play but only because Chapman, Watson, and Ozuna have jobs. You can’t play favorites (or in this case, least favorites).
In the end, Bauer will probably receive an 80 game suspension. I’m not sure if the Dodgers will drop him, but they lack starting pitching depth. Clayton Kershaw is injury prone, Dustin May is out until June, and the rest are young and solid but unproven.
Another interesting aspect is if the team will accept him back. Many of the Dodgers including Justin Turner, Mookie Betts, and others unfollowed Bauer on social media. A lot is still up in the air.