Trevor Bauer apologizes to Mets fans for post that led to confusion of where he would sign
Reigning National League Cy Young winner Trevor Bauer chose the Los Angeles Dodgers over the New York Mets in free agency.
But for a brief time Friday, Mets references appeared on Bauer's website, leaving fans to believe that New York could be his preferred destination, even though he had not made up his mind.
And for that slipup, he is sorry, saying he wasn't trying to troll Mets fans.
He explained how the mistake occurred in a Twitter post:
"Throughout the free agency process, my team prepared marketing materials for multiple organizations, as I didn’t know where or when I would sign," he wrote. "In order to be prepared for a moment that could materialize very quickly, we had uploaded many of those to my website on the back-end. The plan was not to have those pages live until a decision had been made, which is obviously not what happened.
Bauer won the 2020 NL Cy Young Award with the Reds. (Photo: Sam Greene, Cincinnati Enquirer)
"That was the first mistake. The plan was to release a link to my website and the appropriate materials via linktree on my Instagram page once my decision was finalized. Unfortunately, that link was posted in error well before any decision had been made. That was the second mistake. Understandably, the link was quickly discovered and began to spread on social media."
Calling the incident "an embarrassing and emotional moment for me," he said that any Mets fans who entered his giveaway would be entered into a raffle for tickets when the Dodgers come to town and fans can be in the stadium.
He added that he would donate $10,000 each to four New York non-profits.
"I look forward to my next visit to Citi Field and hope to hear you just as loud in person, even if it’s not in cheers for me," Bauer said.
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