Last updated on August 2, 2021
As of now, Trevor Bauer’s administrative leave from the Dodgers has been pushed till August 6th due to domestic abuse and sexual assault allegations. Currently, Bauer’s civil hearing for the restraining order placed against him by his accuser has been also pushed back to August 19th. Bauer hasn’t pitched for the Dodgers since June 28, one day before the woman, who chooses to remain anonymous, raised the allegations against him. Major League Baseball and the Pasadena City Police department are conducting independent investigations into Bauer. Bauer and his legal team have strongly denied all the allegations, asserting that Bauer’s sexual encounters with the woman were “wholly consensual.”
Although no charges or disciplinary action have currently been placed against Bauer, the Dodgers organization has taken several steps to distance itself from him. This included eliminating the Trevor Bauer bobblehead night promotion and removing all of his merchandise from the team store. Historically, the Dodgers have had a zero-tolerance policy against domestic assault. Over the last couple of years, the Dodgers shied away from signing closers Roberto Ozuna and Aroldis Chapman due to their history of domestic violence. Even if Bauer isn’t deemed guilty under the law, it is almost certain that he will receive a hefty suspension under Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy. Additionally, many of Bauer’s teammates and other members of the Dodgers’ clubhouse do not want him to return to the ball club. Teammates, including Mookie Betts, Justin Turner, Chris Taylor, Max Muncy, Kenley Jansen, and Albert Pujols have unfollowed the superstar on various social media platforms.
Yesterday, the Dodgers traded two of their top prospects, Josiah Gray and Kelbert Ruiz, in a deal that included a return of 9-time all-star and 3 times Cy Young-winning pitcher Max Scherzer. This is another sign that Bauer won’t pitch for the Dodgers for the rest of the season, and likely never again. Due to the nature of LA fans and the values that the Dodgers organization attempts to uphold, I believe that Trevor Bauer will never play for the team ever again.