Trevor Bauer raps about Cleveland Indians winning pennant

Trevor BauerTrevor Bauer released his latest rap song on Tuesday, and this one is an homage to his Cleveland Indians.

Bauer, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2011 MLB Draft, was traded to the Indians over the offseason, mostly because the Arizona Diamondbacks found him to be a difficult person. One of their more minor issues with him seemed to be his hobby of producing rap songs in his free time. After being traded to the Indians, Bauer produced a rap song that seemed to address his critics (like Miguel Montero), though he denied that was the case. This time around, he created a song about his team, and it was full of positive sentiment.

The folks at Indians fan site Wahoos on First reached out to Bauer over Twitter and asked him to produce the opening song for their podcast. Bauer came through for them with a solid song.

As our friends at Waiting for Next Year point out, Bauer mentions most of his teammates in the song and gives a positive rhyme about each of them (e.g. “CP in the ninth, you know we gonna close out” for Chris Perez and “smoking pitchers like cigars” for Nick Swisher).

The hook of the song is, “From the gutter to the grail, we rise up to win it/Wahoos on first with our eyes on the pennant.”

It’s a short song and pretty cool that Bauer took the time to create it for a fan podcast. I can’t imagine the Indians would have any problem with it.

Bauer is currently in Triple-A and has gone 1-2 in three starts for the Indians this season.

If you’re a big pitching fan (or Bauer fan), I highly recommend you peruse Bauer’s YouTube page. It is an absolute trove of pitching mechanics, grips, and workouts he does.

Trevor Bauer says rap song was about critics in general, not Diamondbacks

Trevor-Bauer-Miguel-Montero-DiamondbacksOn Wednesday, former Arizona Diamonbacks pitcher Trevor Bauer released a new rap song entitled “You Don’t Know Me.” The timing of the release was an incredible coincidence, as D-Backs catcher Miguel Montero had just made comments earlier this week about Bauer and how difficult he was to work with.

The rap track (which you can listen to here) had plenty of curious lines in it like, “You hide behind a mask to facilitate a task,” but Bauer insists it was a message to his haters in general and not about any of his former teammates.

“The song was done in early December about people on Twitter who say you’re terrible, work on your ERA, stick to this, stick to that,” Bauer said according to The Plain Dealer. “It wasn’t made about anyone in particular, certainly not about Miguel Montero.”

There’s very little the now-Cleveland Indians pitcher could say to make me believe nothing in the song was written about what transpired in Arizona, but you had to know that’s what he would say. What really is a relief, however, is that Bauer acknowledged he is horrible at rapping.

“If someone was to go out and fish and catch a two-inch fish, no one would make fun of them,” he said. “But because I go out and I’m terrible at rapping, but I enjoy the process about making the beat and writing the lyrics, and I happen to put it online, if someone wanted to listen or happened to like it, I get blown up about it and there’s a whole bunch of controversy over a hobby I do.”

Welcome to life in the big leagues. Everything you do is going to be viewed under a microscope, even if it’s messing around and writing a crappy rap song. If he doesn’t already, Bauer will understand that in time.

Does Trevor Bauer’s new rap song take shots at Miguel Montero (Audio)

Trevor-Bauer-Miguel-Montero-DiamondbacksThe Arizona Diamondbacks traded 22-year-old pitcher Trevor Bauer to the Cleveland Indians earlier this offseason, and on Monday D-Backs catcher Miguel Montero gave us some insight as to why the team decided to make the move. Montero said that Bauer was difficult to work with and was not open to taking advice from veteran players and coaches.

Bauer’s latest rap song would seem to indicate that he disagrees.

The right-hander released a new rap track on Wednesday entitled “You Don’t Know Me.” According to Waiting for Next Year, the song was recorded back in December. However, it includes a couple of lines that sound like they would be perfect responses to Montero’s criticism.

“With that, its time to get back to all these fans that I’ve been losing due in part to the rumors moving about that that I refuse to listen” is one such line. The part that references a person who “hides behind a mask to facilitate a task” would seem to be another. Give the track a listen if you please, although it’s straight up horrendous in my opinion.

The fact that the track was recorded in December doesn’t mean it’s not about Montero. Even though Bauer seemed like he was going to be more mature when asked about Montero’s comments earlier this week, he could have easily amended the song. It’s also possible that he had problems with Montero before, and the catcher’s comments simply confirmed it. In any event, there’s no way I’d be quitting my day job if I was Bauer.

H/T Hardball Talk

Miguel Montero rips Trevor Bauer for not wanting to listen to anyone

Trevor-Bauer-Miguel-Montero-DiamondbacksTrevor Bauer has an incredibly unique throwing routine (see a video of it here) that worked out well for him during his days at UCLA and later in the minor leagues. Last season, Bauer made his MLB debut with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He did not pitch well in four starts, compiling a 2-1 record to go along with a 6.06 ERA. He struck out 17 batters in 16 1/3 innings, but struggled with control as he also walked 13.

Over the offseason, Arizona traded Bauer to the Cleveland Indians. On the surface, it appeared that the Diamondbacks could be a bit premature in giving up on the 22-year-old. However, rumors swirled that Bauer was traded because his personality made him difficult to work with. D-Backs catcher Miguel Montero confirmed that speculation during an interview with Arizona Sports 620 on Saturday.

“It was tough,” Montero told Burns and Gambo. “When you get a guy like that and he thinks he’s got everything figured out, it’s just tough to commence and try to get on the same page with you.”

Montero said he tried to simplify things for the rookie, but that he would turn around and make them “even harder.” The veteran catcher said the issues started in spring training, when Bauer seemed to ignore all the advice he was given.

“Since day one in Spring Training I caught him and he killed me because he threw about 100 pitches the first day,” Montero said, adding that he urged Bauer to slow down and work more on locating his fastball. “And he said ‘yes’, and the next time he threw I saw him doing the same thing. He never wanted to listen.”

Bauer’s story is a common one among younger players. When you do things a certain way and that approach is effective in college and the lower levels, your ego tends to become inflated. If the first pitch he ever threw in the majors was any indication, Bauer obviously had some nerves going. Had he taken the advice of his manager and teammates, he may have found more success. As Montero put it: “Good luck to (Indians catcher) Carlos Santana.”

Trevor Bauer throws ball from first career MLB pitch into the wrong dugout (Video)

Diamondbacks pitcher Trevor Bauer made his major league debut on Thursday night against the Braves, and he pitched pretty well. Bauer gave Arizona four quality innings and allowed only two earned runs on five hits. Despite falling behind early, he kept the D-Backs in striking position and allowed them to come away with a 3-2 victory. The only time nerves appeared to get the best of Bauer was during his embarrassing moment after his first MLB pitch, when he tossed the ball to the wrong dugout.

After throwing a first-pitch strike to the Braves leadoff man, the Diamondbacks’ coaches yelled to Bauer to toss the ball into the dugout so they could give it to him as a keepsake after the game. The 21-year-old was obviously a little nervous and confused, and he ended up throwing it toward the Atlanta dugout. The Braves coaches kindly returned the ball to the Arizona dugout, and I’m sure Bauer will be hearing about this for the remainder of his life.

Tim Lincecum’s Success Helps Trevor Bauer Prospect Stock

In sports, we love to make comparisons. Comparisons are important for two reasons: they help us gain a better understanding of what we are seeing, and they help us project future success. Some comparisons are rooted in race and skin color (see Dirk Nowitzki and Larry Bird), while others are based on skills and physical appearance. It’s the second type of comparison that is valuable when evaluating talent for future success. In other words, in order to believe a player will be successful as a pro, it’s helpful to have seen someone similar who has already had success.

That brings us to UCLA pitcher Trevor Bauer.

Trevor Bauer is an eccentric character who has been wildly successful for UCLA this season. He had one of the best seasons ever by a college pitcher, posting numbers comparable to Mark Prior, Stephen Strasburg, Jered Weaver, and David Price.

But there are a few drawbacks to Bauer.

Bauer is somewhat of an odd ball — he’s a guy who hasn’t changed his hat since joining UCLA as a freshman (check out a picture of it), he defies convention with his long-tossing, and he likes to complete games even if it means throwing over 130 pitches per start. The Post Game at Yahoo! Sports had an excellent write-up on Bauer that gives you an excellent look at him as a player, and I highly recommend the read. Bauer is also young, skinny, and lacking the bulky build scouts like to see in a pitcher. That raises some concerns about his durability.

But thanks to the success of Tim Lincecum, more scouts and teams are able to envision success at the Major League level for Bauer.

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This Hat Should be Blue, Not Gray

That’s UCLA pitcher Trevor Bauer below. His hat is worn down and gray. To the right is the rest of UCLA’s team. All their hats are blue as they’re supposed to be.

Bauer struck out 11 Gators as UCLA beat Florida 11-3 in their first game at the College World Series on Saturday. Bauer not only got the win but the 11 strikeouts gave him a school-record 152 for the season. So what’s the deal with his hat? According to a story appearing in the Daily Bruin, it’s the same one he received during his official visit to the school back in September 2008. We’re now in June 2010. I think that explains why the thing is so tattered and discolored. As long as he keeps humming the way he did Saturday, he can wear whatever the hell he wants on top of his head. Here are some more pictures of Trevor Bauer’s hat.

That thing is ratty as hell and all worn out, but hey, as long as it’s comfortable that’s all that matters. I’m just surprised it still fits.

Ahead of the Curve [Daily Bruin]
Photo Credit: AP Photo/Nati Harnik