After he was accused of sexually assaulting a woman to the point where she felt the need to go to the hospital for the alleged injuries she sustained, the Dodgers decided on Thursday that they were going to let him pitch on July 4 against the Washington Nationals.
Then followed an outcry from all corners of the media because of the poor message that would have sent. Yes, Bauer is innocent until proven guilty, but he shouldn’t remain in the national spotlight immediately after an LA court granted a woman a temporary restraining order against him.
The next day, MLB placed Bauer on administrative leave, which will keep him away from the team for seven days. There’s a chance the league continues to extend that mandate until the investigation is resolved. The Dodgers have now taken action and have shelved Bauer’s bobblehead night from their promotional schedule.
The Dodgers removed Trevor Bauer’s bobblehead day from their promotional schedule.
What’s even more notable about this? Bauer’s bobblehead day wasn’t set to take place until Aug. 19, which is six weeks away. Additionally, he’s not included in the team’s list of probable starters for this upcoming weekend. How fast the narrative shifted.
This goes deeper as well, as the team has pulled Bauer’s merchandise from Stadium stores effective immediately.
Since these allegations surfaced, Dodgers pitcher Dave Stewart has stated he’s refusing to attend the team’s 40th anniversary of their 1981 World Series victory because of the way the team initially handled Bauer’s situation.
Just three days after it was revealed Bauer was under investigation, police told USA Today that the criminal probe into the 30-year-old is “bigger than we thought.”
The Dodgers’ crisis management of Bauer’s situation went from manager Dave Roberts saying “it’s out of our hands” to now Bauer likely being away from the team beyond his seven-day administrative leave as well as the cancellation of his bobblehead night that wasn’t scheduled until the middle of August.
The fallout continues, and it truly feels like it’s only the beginning.