Trevor Bauer does not deserve a second chance with Dodgers

The Dodgers have 14 days to decide whether suddenly eligible Trevor Bauer can return to their sagging rotation and improve their thinning team.

It should only take 14 seconds.

No no no.

The Dodgers have a stunning opportunity to add a former Cy Young winner to a depleted roster that has lost an MVP, four All-Stars and a clubhouse cornerstone in recent weeks.

What are you waiting for?

A thousand times, no.

It shouldn’t be an option, a question, or even a passing thought. The decision should be made when you start reading this column. The announcement should be made by the end.

The Dodgers have released Trevor Bauer unconditionally.

The Dodgers shouldn’t be swayed by Thursday’s news that Bauer’s suspension for violating baseball’s sexual assault and domestic violence policy has been reduced from 324 games to 194 games.

The Dodgers shouldn’t be lured by referee Martin Scheinman’s decision that Bauer, despite only serving 144 days of suspension, is eligible to be reinstated immediately with 50 days of docked salary.

The Dodgers shouldn’t be seduced by that empty spot on their hilltop, that empty locker in their clubhouse, or that empty offseason that has left them well behind the spending-happy San Diego Padres.

It shouldn’t matter that every bit of baseball sanity says bring him back.

Every bit of humanity says nothing to your life.

“We have just been briefed on the umpire’s decision and will respond as soon as possible,” the Dodgers said in a statement late Thursday afternoon.

That’s practical. Your comment should already be written.

Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer prepares to pitch against the Colorado Rockies on March 1, 2021.

Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer prepares to pitch against the Colorado Rockies on March 1, 2021.

(Rob Tringali/Getty Images)

Come on, Dodgers, just say it loud and proud in a way befitting your role as community leader and touchstone.

The Dodgers have released Trevor Bauer unconditionally.

No, they shouldn’t spend the next 14 days trading him for three prospects and some loose change. It’s unseemly, and nobody’s going to touch him right away anyway.

If they release him, they owe him his last year’s salary minus those 50 games, but it’ll be the best $22.5 million they’ve ever spent.

The bottom line is that most of the original suspension for Bauer’s alleged involvement in allegations of sexual assault by three women has been upheld.

The referee did not declare the entire penalty unfair. On the contrary, he validated 194 games worth.

If the Dodgers brought Bauer back, they would essentially be rehiring a player who has just served the longest suspension for sexual assault and domestic violence in the seven-year history of that policy. They would also bring back the only suspended player in that period with more than one accuser.

Is this an achievement worthy of the Jackie Robinson franchise? Will the Dodgers follow up on a season where they celebrated integrity by unveiling a statue for Sandy Koufax and holding a memorial service for Vin Scully?

Trevor Bauer takes to the field during a spring training game.

Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer.

(Rob Tringali/Getty Images)

The Dodgers have already compromised their history by taking Bauer in the first place. His signing in February 2021 was complete with red flags surrounding his internet bullying of women.

The league placed him on investigative leave just four months later after a San Diego woman filed for a restraining order against him while she claimed he sexually assaulted her.

A judge later denied the restraining order, ruling that the woman was “materially misleading” in her application. The Los Angeles District Attorney also declined to file criminal charges.

But last spring, Bauer was suspended from baseball after two other women made similar allegations against him in The Washington Post. Bauer has denied wrongdoing in each case and was the first player to appeal a suspension under the Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Policy. This led to the arbitration hearing, which included testimony from two of the three women and included a 28-minute phone call between Bauer and his San Diego accuser, according to the Washington Post, in which Bauer admitted to hitting her.

The Dodgers shouldn’t have to hear it to act on it. The Dodgers should ask themselves a question that has an answer.

Did this player just serve a record-breaking ban for alleged violence against women?

Yes.

Bye.

The Dodgers need to reflect on how they dealt with the recent free agency of shortstop Carlos Correa, who was in the midst of the 2017 Houston Astros cheating scandal that cost the Dodgers a World Series championship.

They needed him badly, but they didn’t pursue him because they rightly knew their fans would never accept him.

This is Correa down to the last detail. Sure, Bauer will always have his allies who claim he should be welcome back on the team because he’s never been charged with a crime, but that support has dwindled with every allegation, and here’s suspecting the public poison at his first Appearing in a Dodgers uniform would be historic.

Bauer obviously disagrees.

“Can’t wait to see you all in a stadium soon,” Bauer tweeted Thursday.

Does he mean Dodger Stadium?

Not in a million years.

https://www.latimes.com/sports/dodgers/story/2022-12-22/dodgers-decision-keep-trevor-bauer-roster Trevor Bauer does not deserve a second chance with Dodgers

Emma Bowman

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