1-Man’s Opinion on Sports-Thursday “Dodgers-Decision-What To Do:

Posted by on December 29th, 2022  •  0 Comments  • 

“What Do Dodgers Do?”


The Dodgers are on the clock.
They have needs on their roster.
They have a decision to make that impacts their credibility.

What do the Dodgers do in the Trevor Bsuer sexual misconduct case.

They have already paid him 42M in salary and pay, while he was on the roster and then on administrative leave.

By virtue of his 194-game suspension, spanning part of 2021 and all of 2022, he lost 37M in salary.

But the arbitrator has ruled his suspension has been reduced from the original 324-games and he must now be activated.

Because he still has a portion of his guaranteed contract still on the books, it’s worth being 22M-left, the Dodgers own his rights.

They have this 14-day window to decide.
Release him and pay off another 22M.
Activate him to the roster for 2023 and see if he can return to the pitcher he was

Then answer the questions, do you want this pitcher to represent your organization going forward, after he was implicated in sexual misconduct on allegations from a San Diego woman about ‘rough sex’ encounters she said she wanted to be involved in.

The Dodgers have to understand this was not an isolated incident.  He had two rendae-vous’ with the baseball groupie.

But two other women came forward with similar allegations against Bauer when he was with the Indians and in the minor league’s in Columbus.

It’s obviously a fetish, this kinky stuff.  He surely is not not the only athlete involved in things like this.  There’s a litany of sins across the baseball landscape….domestic abuse cases, DUIs, PEDs, and guns.

Players have been disciplined, fined, suspended, then reinstated.

So what do the Dodgers do?

Bring back a pitching ace who is (83-59)?
Let him make a public apology for his lifestyle decisions?
Order him into a counseling program?

Their starting rotation has been thinned out in a year where 10-veteran Dodger players have left in free agency, or not been re-signed.

There will be no Walker Buehler sighting to start the season as he continues to recover from elbow surgery.

You have Julio Urias at the front of the rotation.  Clayton Kershaw comes back for possibly one final season.

They have rented Noah Syndegaard, the once ace of the Mets, who is a year and a half removed from surgeries.

Dustin May came back at the end of last season from his own elbow surgery.

Tony Gonsolin had a breakout year battling back from injuries.

They do have 5-live young arms in the farm system, led by Ryan Pepiot, but the collective group have yet to prove they can do it at Dodgers Stadium, even if they did it at Oklahoma City in the PCL.

Bauer needs to resuscitate his career and his reputation.  If released, I bet the offers are few and far between from anywhere else..

But if he apologizes, if he seeks help, if he decides the right thing to do is ‘repay’ the Dodgers by earning his contract, or even giving back some of the money he got while ‘not pitching’, maybe there is a way to solve this mess, for at least the 2023 season.

The Dodgers need a front line arm.  He needs to show his stuff and fix all that is wrong with his actions.

I’d issue a set of rules he must take part in, if he wants to wear Dodgers Blue again.  He owes them alot.

He may be Public Enemy #1, he may not have any friends in the clubhouse, but if he wins and contributes, so much better for the Dodgers.

A ton of players have been given 2nd chances in baseball after they served their penalty  Add his name to the list to prove he can be a better person and a star player again.

Bad dude.  Bad decision.  Big arm.  Big stats.

What are the Dodgers going to do?


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