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Trevor Bauer disputes notion he is unhappy about not being Opening Day starter

Trevor Bauer

Trevor Bauer once again used his Twitter account to protest something written by Cleveland Indians reporter Paul Hoynes.

The Indians announced on Saturday that Corey Kluber would start Opening Day while Bauer would follow him in the rotation. In his opening sentence for a story on the matter, Hoynes said on that Bauer was “not happy” about Kluber getting the nod.

Bauer disputed that characterization and let it be known via Twitter.

Indians manager Terry Francona was quoted as saying Bauer might be “a little cranky” over the decision, but acknowledged that they couldn’t go wrong choosing between the two pitchers.

Though Bauer was better than Kluber by most statistical measures last season, the Opening Day honor often goes to a pitcher with a more proven history when there is a doubt. If Bauer repeats his performance from 2018 and out-pitches Kluber this season, he’ll probably have earned the 2020 nod. For now, you can’t really argue with choosing a pitcher who has won two Cy Youngs and has five straight 200-plus inning/200-plus strikeout seasons. And you also can’t argue with an athlete so competitive that he wants to earn the highest honors in his sport.

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