Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Trevor Bauer is no stranger to the media. It seems he has been in baseball news almost every week this past year. Bauer’s intriguing offseason actions have made him a popular name in the sport. He is one of the most intelligent players in the league, and is always able to pick up new skills quickly.
Bauer is known for being brutally honest and never sugar-coating anything. In response to being criticized by Cleveland Indians teammate Michael Brantley when running sprints, Bauer said “I’m good at two things in this world: throwing baseballs, and pissing people off.”
Lets dive into some of his best actions that gained media attention in the past year.
Bauer Throws Ball Over the Wall
On July 28th of last year, Bauer was fed up on the mound after giving up multiple tough hits against Kansas City. He showed his displeasure by throwing the ball over the outfield wall when Indians Manager Terry Francona came out to relieve him in the fifth inning.
After the game, he apologized by saying: “First and foremost, I owe a sincere apology to all of my teammates, my coaching staff, the organization and all of our fans for how I conducted myself today. It’s unbecoming. It was childish, unprofessional. There’s no place for it in the game. I’m happy it didn’t result in any physical injury for anybody else. I realize I put people in danger.”
Bauer was traded to the Cincinnati Reds three days later at the July 31st trade deadline as part of a three-team trade.
Bauer’s Comments Towards Astros
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that the Houston Astros are going through a rough offseason of well-deserved criticism for their sign-stealing scandal. Bauer has been one of most opinionated on the issue. He originally referred to them as cheaters, hypocrites, and stealers. However, he didn’t mince words in his response to Astros Owner Jim Crane saying that it didn’t affect the game or their world series win.
“You’ve been lying the entire (expletive) time,” Bauer said. “Now you’re lying about your apology. ‘We don’t think it affected the game.’ You’re either lying or you’re a (expletive) idiot. And (you) don’t become a billionaire owner of a team by being a (expletive) idiot. So, you’re lying.”
Bauer Mocks Astros by Tipping Pitches
Maybe the best moment to come from Spring Training so far is Bauer mocking the Astros in mid-game. On March 2nd, Bauer was facing Dodgers’ Matt Beaty, and was letting him know what pitch was coming before he threw it.
Despite tipping every pitch in the at-bat, he was still able to retire Beaty. Teammate Derek Dietrich confirmed in an in-game interview with Fox Sports Cincinnati shortly after that he was intentionally doing it.
Bauer’s response to tipping pitches was that it’s all in good fun.
Bauer’s Comments on New Playoff Format
Bauer was also not fond of Commissioner Rob Manfred’s new proposed playoff format. The new format would expand the playoffs to 14 teams, giving just the one-seeds in each league a bye. There is also talk of having the top teams pick their opponents on live television. Bauer, once again, didn’t hold back on his thoughts.
On February 10th, Bauer directed a tweet towards Rob Manfred calling him a joke.
“Your proposal is absurd for too many reasons to type on twitter and proves you have absolutely no clue about baseball. You’re a joke.”
This past Wednesday the two met to discuss ideas and Bauer had a much more positive attitude towards the commissioner. Bauer spoke on the matter Wednesday morning,
“I’ve been publicly critical of Rob Manfred before, but I have to give him props. He said he’d meet with any players who had further questions and he was a man of his word this morning. We had a very productive meeting about a wide range of topics.”
Bauer wants to Pitch every Four Days
Just this past week, Bauer told Bob Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer that he wants to pitch every fourth day. Currently, the standard is for every starter to go every five days.
Bauer claims, “When they see that information and then look at the potential WAR benefits, potential wins that could add to a team, the way it helps, especially, other members of the rotation to keep them fresh… …It only seems crazy because no one is doing it right now. But I’m very convicted in the fact that, one, I can do it. Two, I would be better doing it. And three, it would be a benefit to my team.”
In addition to this statement, he has spoken numerous times that he wants to sign one-year deals for the rest of his career. He says that it motivates him to stay competitive and healthy each year and that he’s not in it for the money.
Trevor Bauer has definitely made a name for himself. Whether fans agree with his decisions or not, he has a passionate love for baseball and cares about the future of the sport. Fans will be tuned in to see what he will do next.
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