Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer has a long history of being very open about his feelings of MLB’s decisions. He was one of the louder voices that stood up for Joe Kelly after his suspension for throwing at Astros hitters in 2020.
Bauer has also been vocal about MLB’s response to players trying to market themselves. Dodgers fans got to see that after he was issued a warning for wearing a logo on his uniform during a Cactus League game.
Today, Bauer spoke up on the suspension of Nick Castellanos. Bauer was teammates with Castellanos in Cincinnati before signing with the Dodgers this offseason. He was just suspended for his part in a benches-clearing incident against the Cardinals. Bauer had a brief message about in on Twitter.
MLBs note to players. Don’t get excited about big moments or play with intensity, we will fine you and suspend you if you do… #FreeNickCastellanos
Castellanos was issued a 2-game suspension for standing over a Cardinals pitcher and shouting. That’s it. He shouted. No wonder why the Dodgers pitcher is annoyed with the decision by MLB to make him sit out 2 games without pay.
It all comes back to the leadership of the league, which is greatly lacking and that starts at the top with Rob Manfred. Dodgers fans had to witness it with the Astros punishment and with Joe Kelly over the last year.
Something has to change, and soon.