Dodgers owner’s comments on Trevor Bauer situation were a huge miss
We sure wish Trevor Bauer would go away. In hindsight, we sure wish the Los Angeles Dodgers never signed the reigning Cy Young winner, who’s done nothing but attract negative attention to himself throughout his career.
Some fans have maintained that stance since before LA even made the move.
But this is the reality now. The Dodgers’ players, coaches and front office/management have to deal with this disaster, whether it’s in the form of moving on without a key player on the roster, answering questions about the situation, or addressing the topic in some manner whenever it makes headlines.
Not Dodgers owner Stan Kasten, though.
The man behind the scenes, who has the easiest job in baseball that entails signing off on all of Andrew Friedman’s genius moves, simply cannot be bothered.
His latest comments on Bauer’s situation and how it’s affected MLB and the Dodgers completely missed the mark and came off as disrespectful and negligent.
Dodgers owner Stan Kasten’s comments about Trevor Bauer were distasteful.
The Associated Press detailed what Kasten said about MLB’s investigation into Bauer following allegations of sexual assault:
"Kasten, speaking with reporters that day at Nationals Park after the World Series champions visited the White House, said, “it’s really great to follow up such a great morning.” He added: ‘And now I have to have this press conference.’Then Kasten said he told manager Dave Roberts ahead of his meeting with reporters: “Just say, ‘Can we please talk about foreign substances?'” Kasten said the team would await the investigation before commenting."
Yes, Mr. Kasten, you DO have to have “this press conference” because that’s what happens when someone on your team is involved in a newsworthy situation, especially one of this magnitude that has seemingly plagued sports. North American sports leagues have taken stricter stances on domestic violence and sexual harassment/assault cases in recent years due to previous outrage and outcry stemming from various ones that were mishandled.
Bauer and Atlanta Braves outfielder Marcell Ozuna are two star-like figures embroiled in such controversy in 2021, and when you’re a marquee organization like the Dodgers, in-depth responses and statements are required.
Manager Dave Roberts and various Dodgers players at the All-Star Game have faced the media, but Kasten, someone who hardly has to deal with anything besides shelling out dough, can’t be bothered.
Not only did his comments miss the mark, but they serve as a poor reflection on the organization in regard to accepting responsibility as well as addressing a serious topic that merits eloquence, delicacy and empathy. And MLB owners, who are hardly dealing with the day-to-day stress the players, coaches and front office executives are, should be the last figures in the organizational chain to be complaining about any of it.