Love him or loathe him, there’s no more delightful a weirdo on the Cleveland Indians than Trevor Bauer. And like his drone adventures and social media presence, Bauer’s latest venture is sure to be polarizing — but no one can deny how nice it is.
As detailed by Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, Bauer is embarking on 69 Days of Giving, donating to 69 different charities over 69 days, beginning on Opening Day. Naturally, he’ll be donating $420.69 to each charity.
How did the non-drinker and non-smoker come up with such a nice number? His love of trolling, of course. Bauer initially intended to file for arbitration at $6.9 million, but when told that was too high to be realistic he settled on $6,420,969.69 (though he would be later be convinced to round to $6.525 million by some decidedly un-fun lawyers or agents). When he won his case (which the Indians seemed to hardly fight, as Passan notes that they were always willing to pay him more than the $5.3 million they filed at), he crafted his plan to donate the difference between $6,525,000 and $6,420,969.69 ($98,027.61) to charity.
Which charities receive Bauer’s largesse, however, is an open question. A question that Bauer is looking to fans to answer. Fans can submit their recommendations on Bauer’s website for charities that they believe in.
“We’re trying to get the community involved and get as much exposure for the charities as possible,” he said. “I want the majority of it to be fan involvement. If we start spreading the word, hopefully it can turn into a community effort.”
If that’s not enough to get you excited about Bauer’s effort, please watch this hype video:
1) My website is finally live! Check it out here: https://t.co/7ienyNJSrI 2) This is the official announcement for 69 days of giving, a charitable giving campaign I will be running this season! Help me help your favorite cause! https://t.co/ZXUf3Rdm9l pic.twitter.com/YsrG3P0sri— Trevor Bauer (@BauerOutage) March 28, 2018