CLEVELAND — Cleveland Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer received a series of hateful messages, including some death threats, after a rough game against the White Sox on Monday. In a tweet following the game, Bauer shared several screenshots of messages he received on Instagram.
Stop online harassment, bullying, and hate speech. pic.twitter.com/yXFkniTkdH— Trevor Bauer (@BauerOutage) May 7, 2019
It was a rough night for Bauer as he matched career highs by allowing eight runs and seven earned runs in five-plus innings, and his ERA rose from 2.45 to 3.42. The White Sox dominated the Cleveland Indians 9-1.
One Instagram message said, “I really hope you and your family die in a car crash. And it’s actually gonna happen.”
Another user said asked Bauer a question, “Could you please kill yourself?”
Some came to Bauer's defense, calling the messages "vile" and "terrible."
This is just terrible. Honestly. This is what is wrong with the internet.— Mike (@pitchingschool) May 7, 2019
I totally agree no person deserves to be put down or harassed !!! Everyone is special !! People find it easy to spread hate - bullying - hiding behind a key board... always be the better person and know your own worth - rise above it!— Michelle Lucchesi (@MichelleLucche1) May 7, 2019
Bauer tweeted at Instagram asking why there isn’t a way to report the hateful messages. "Do you condone this type of behavior on your platform?"