Although he reportedly intends to keep on fighting to clear his name, Los Angeles Dodgers righty Trevor Bauer’s MLB season is over.
While the league and criminal authorities continue to investigate allegations of sexual and physical abuse against Bauer, there has been yet another agreement to extend Bauer’s administrative leave from the game. This extension goes through the end of the regular season and also the postseason:
Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer will miss the remainder of the 2021 season and the postseason after MLB and the MLBPA agreed to extend his administrative leave, a league official confirmed to @JeffPassan.
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— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 10, 2021
There must have been a consensus that whatever was coming would either not be resolved before the end of the season, or would result in a suspension that would at least last through the end of the season. Either way, Bauer’s camp must have known he could not come back in time (if the Dodgers would even have him):
The Los Angeles County DA hasn’t decided whether to file charges against Bauer. MLB is still investigating. There’s no realistic time frame for Bauer to come back and pitch effectively this season.
— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) September 10, 2021
Bauer, who signed a three-year, $102 million deal with the Dodgers before this season, made just 17 starts before he was placed on leave. Almost no one expects him to throw another pitch for the Dodgers at this point, and the bigger question is whether some other team is willing to pick him up in the future. It’s pretty hard to see given what has been alleged.