[Editor’s note: This story has been updated]
Trevor Bauer has a way of making headlines for things he says and does. The most recent thing he’s making headlines for is his support of the Dodgers’ Joe Kelly. Bauer was very outspoken against Kelly getting a hefty suspension from MLB with the Astros not being punished,
He took that to the next level today when he showed off a pair of cleats from his locker. Bauer had some custom made Nike cleats that had Joe Kelly’s famous cry baby face plastered on the side. The cleats also feature the words “Free Joe Kelly” on the side. Apparently Bauer definitely doesn’t want the Dodgers pitcher to be suspended.
And the moment you've all been waiting for…..here's a look at my cleats for tonight's start. FREE JOE KELLY! If you want to be eligible for a chance to win these, see next tweet for details. pic.twitter.com/WR0LrNpgCC
— Trevor Bauer (@BauerOutage) August 19, 2020
Bauer also linked a shirt that references the benches-clearing incident between the Dodgers and Astros. He makes mention that proceeds from all shirts purchased will be going to a charity of Joe Kelly’s choice. Bauer is giving away the cleats after the game, and those who want a chance to win must buy that shirt linked here.
MLB shut down Bauer’s shirt decision and threatened to kick him out of the game if he wore these cleats.
News: Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer planned to wear cleats in his start today that say “FREE JOE KELLY” and sport a picture of the suspended Dodgers pitcher. MLB told him he could be removed from the game and disciplined if he does, Bauer told ESPN.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 19, 2020
Kelly is currently on the injures list with shoulder inflammation, but is set to come off any day now. Once he comes off, he will begin serving his 5 game suspension immediately. The Dodgers’ pitcher took his initial 8-game ban to an appeal process and got it reduced.
Bauer has long been vocal about his displeasure with the Astros and their cheating scandal that rocked Major League Baseball. So when Kelly got suspended for throwing at them and inciting an incident, it’s no surprise that Bauer came to his defense.