This all started with a level of trolling that makes the 27-year-old even more admirable. In MLB, players can request an exact salary, and if that request isn't met, a compromise is made through an arbitration system. For his income this season, Bauer originally wanted to request $6.9 million but was told that would be too high, so moved on to requesting $6,420,969.69 from the Cleveland Indians.
“I just think it’s a good number,” Bauer told Yahoo Sports. “I think it accurately reflects my place in the salary structure relative to other athletes.”
This commendable trolling was a reaction to what Bauer saw as an "outdated system" of arbitration that he feels "suppresses players’ salaries mostly."
Though Yahoo Sports reports that he could have received more, the pitcher finally filed for $6,525,000. But his desire to be paid $6,420,969.69 remained, and he started the 69 Days of Giving to achieve that goal.