The Los Angeles Dodgers shocked the world when they signed Trevor Bauer to a three-year, $102 million contract, blowing by the luxury tax threshold and clearly making a statement that they’re ready to repeat as world champions.
That wasn’t the only reason it was surprising, however.
Bauer is a loud personality who can’t seem to keep quiet on social media, regardless of the topic of discussion. He’s been accused (and all but officially guilty of) online harassment. His followers bring the same energy in some troubling instances.
Forget that, though. Even without the harassment allegations, Bauer carries unwanted off-the-field attention with his behavior, and we’re just not sure why that was worth such a hefty investment in the Dodgers’ eyes.
While Bauer’s claimed he’s “learned” from his previous troubling behavior, the unsavory social media presence has not dissipated in the slightest since he’s arrived in Los Angeles.
First came trading barbs with New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard, which set the internet ablaze on Friday. Then followed a bizarre back and forth with a verified user about racism, sexism and immigration. And on Sunday, Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman joined that conversation, which prompted a callout from Bauer.
Stroman replied to Chuey Martinez as well as Bauer and the Dodgers’ official Twitter account on this thread, and added another response. None of that sat well with Bauer. Does the team’s official account really have to be dragged into this nonsense?
One user pointed out that the most searched terms on Twitter are “Trevor Bauer racist,” “Trevor Bauer trump,” and “Trevor Bauer immigration.” In the past, Bauer has inserted himself into the political discussion, making it no secret he was a Donald Trump supporter and the fact that he only supports legal immigration. There’s not necessarily anything wrong with that, but making your stance known and then going out of your way to flame every person who responds to you isn’t what you call “mature.” And it lends to negative headlines and press while serving as some sort of a distraction.
Why do you think the Cleveland Indians traded him despite the fact they were playoff contenders?
Perhaps it’s best for Bauer to just leave the people alone who are calling him racist, sexist, xenophobic, etc. instead of replying, “Well, what’s your evidence, good sir?” Let the people live in the comments, Trevor! Every player is unrightfully criticized on every social media outlet. Those who spend hours trying to put people in their place aren’t exactly held in the highest regard.
The moral of the story here is that the Dodgers better hope the right-hander performs across the first two years of his contract, which will pay him $85 million. He’s making a record AAV, and for his performance to take a hit, guess what’s going to take centerstage next? Yup, you guessed it! His social media behavior and these petty spats with random users, current players, or anyone else that he manages to catch saying something that he doesn’t agree with.
The Dodgers are the World Series favorites. To have the glow around the clubhouse sabotaged by his inability to quit out of the Twitter app during spring training would sure be deflating, right?