You might remember a few weeks ao when the Reds’ Trevor Bauer came to the defense of Joe Kelly. When the Dodgers’ pitcher was issued a huge suspension after inciting a benches-clearing incident with the Astros, Bauer was quick to act. He even went as far as buying custom cleats that said “Free Joe Kelly” on the side, planning to wear them in a game.
Major League Baseball essentially told Bauer that if he wore those cleats, he would be heavily fined and suspended. As a result, Bauer ended up giving away the cleats to a fan and sold shirts to support a charity of Kelly’s choice. The Dodgers’ pitcher ultimately ended up getting a five-game suspension after an appeal.
Now, Bauer is going off again. The Mariners’ Dee Gordon was wearing IN-N-Out themed cleats in a game this weekend, and the league seemed fine with it. In fact, one of their official accounts even promoted the cleats. Bauer jumped all over it, citing his support for the Dodgers’ reliever as something the league was against.
1) So let me get this straight @Mlb…I was not allowed to wear #FreeJoeKelly cleats. You threatened to levy unprecedented fines against me. You threatened to eject me from the game if I took the field in them. You threatened to suspend me if I wore them. “Free Joe Kelly” doesn’t
— Trevor Bauer (@BauerOutage) September 8, 2020
It seems strange that the league would set a standard and not follow it, but it wouldn’t be the first time. It also wouldn’t be the first time that things didn’t go the Dodgers way in the league having different standards. The Yankees’ Aroldis Chapman just had a significantly smaller suspension issued for arguably a more egregious act.
As expected, the league has not said anything publicly to Trevor Bauer in regard to his outburst.