2. Trevor Bauer isn’t exactly the definition of a role model
Bauer’s been in hot water multiple times, and now it’s the Dodgers’ problem.
From injuring his hand on a drone during the 2016 World Series, to throwing a ball over the center field fence in Kansas City that prompted the Cleveland Indians to trade him, to allegations (and some proof) of online harassment, to his constant desire to publicly put MLB and/or opposing players on blast, Bauer isn’t exactly the kind of front-facing dude you’d want on a bonafide championship contender.
Throw in the fact that we have to endlessly hear about how he “wants to build his brand” and how he’s working tirelessly on his vlogs and player-driven media platform, that’s a ton of off-field exposure that most teams wouldn’t prefer. We’d venture to say Bauer’s brought more negative headlines than positive ones wherever he’s been in his career.
The bad news for the Dodgers? They’re in the second-biggest market in the US and there’s no doubt the spotlight will be burning a hole through Bauer’s forehead when he inevitably does something to attract the wrong kind of attention. This isn’t Arizona. This isn’t Cleveland. This isn’t Cincinnati. When was the last “character” the Dodgers had? We honestly don’t know. At least we don’t know one of this magnitude.
Not to mention, he has his “agent” publicly calling out reports, beat writers, fans, etc. on social media. It’s just not the attention you want brought to your team, especially when you’re trying to make another World Series run. Maybe it slowly goes away and Bauer focuses more of his efforts on the field now that he’s gotten paid, but if things continue on this trajectory, we can bet the Dodgers will be inheriting their fair share of drama. And it won’t go unnoticed.