Alex Clark, Mathias Altman-Kurosaki, Ryan Potts and I discuss the latest surrounding Trevor Bauer‘s domestic violence/sexual assault case, Kyle Schwarber‘s sensational stretch of home run hitting, and our thoughts on the starting lineup selections for the 2021 MLB All-Star Game in this week’s episode of “Cheap Seats Chatter.”
Cheap Seats Chatter: Trevor Bauer’s Sexual Assault Allegations
Earlier this week, through a report released by TMZ, it was revealed Bauer had been given a restraining order from a woman he had multiple sexual encounters with after she alleged the encounters turned incredibly violent. In a subsequent report released by The Athletic, the victim alleges that while she engaged in initial consensual sex with Bauer, the Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher went above and beyond what she consented to. She alleges he choked her out to the point of unconsciousness, while punching her repeatedly, and even sexually assaulting her anally during multiple encounters together.
Bauer has attempted to retort the allegations, by claiming that his “rough” sexual actions were requested during both encounters by the victim. Earlier Friday morning, Bauer was placed on administrative leave for seven days by MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, and we discuss the recent response by both the MLB and the Dodgers organization moving forward.
Cheap Seats Chatter: Kyle Schwarber’s Unprecedented Power Hitting
It shouldn’t be a surprise to see Kyle Schwarber going yard on a frequent basis, but to witness him homer 16 times in 75 total plate appearances, now, that’s almost unfathomable. In fact, it’s unprecedented. All the while, the Washington Nationals have gone 13-5 through their last 18 games, while creeping up on the Mets, who lead them by just two games for the NL East divisional crown.
The numbers are jaw-dropping with not just 16 home runs, but also a slash line of .337/.409/.974 through the past 21 games, and he’s been a significant reason why the Nationals shouldn’t be counted out. We analyze the impact he’s had on the Nationals’ recent stretch of success and whether this could be a fluke or if he has a lot more left in the tank to continue this remarkable feat.
Cheap Seats Chatter: All-Star Game are Announced
We now know who will be representing the starting lineups for the 2021 MLB All-Star Game. The Toronto Blue Jays led the way with three players being chosen in Vladimir Guerrero Jr. at first base, Marcus Semien at second base, and Teoscar Hernandez in the outfield. Guerrero Jr. not only received the most votes but is also now the youngest player in MLB history to have led the all-star voting ballots.
As for the National League, the Atlanta Braves and the Cincinnati Reds each had two selections. Freddie Freeman will be starting at first base, while Ronald Acuna Jr. will join the Braves’ representation in the outfield. Meanwhile, the Reds will be sending two outfielders to Coors Field on July 13 in Nick Castellanos and Jesse Winker, the first time two Reds outfielders have started since Frank Robinson and Gus Bell did in 1956.
We share our thoughts on some of the choices the fans made in the selection process this year, while also detailing the snubs we felt warranted a little more love than they received.
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