Trevor Bauer certainly has a sense of humor about some of his past transgressions.
Bauer pitched 6.1 strong innings Sunday against the Detroit Tigers, giving up just two hits and one run while walking one and striking out 13. When Reds manager David Bell came out to get him, he jokingly went to toss the ball over the center field fence before stopping himself.
This, of course, is a reference to the bizarre outburst he had when he angrily threw the ball over the fence upon being pulled from what ultimately proved to be his final start with the Cleveland Indians.
Trevor Bauer has said in the past that he feels he performs better when he pitches with three days off between starts rather than the more traditional four, and the right-hander may have a chance to prove it this season.
Cincinnati Reds pitching coach Derek Johnson recently said that having Bauer pitch every fourth day is something the team is considering. It’s also something Bauer has been openly campaigning for.
“I’ve applied some friendly pressure to him, I guess is how you’d say it,” Bauer said this week, via Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer. “But basically letting him know that I want to pitch as much as possible as often as possible. You don’t have to worry about wearing down over the course of a long season. We’ve got a two-month sprint and a month of playoffs.”
Bauer feels he hits his stride in the middle of the MLB season anyway, so he thinks the timing of the 60-game season will work in his favor. Reds manager David Bell said Bauer “looked as good as I’ve seen him” in a live batting practice session on Monday. Johnson told C. Trent Rosencrans of The Athletic last week that having Bauer pitch on short rest is “100 percent on the table.”
“I trust Trevor. I trust what kind of work he puts in, invests in himself and I think if he feels he can do it, I think he can,” Johnson said. “From what I see and the things that he and I have talked about, I think it’s a really cool weapon that we have that maybe a lot of other teams don’t have. So, if we can use that to our advantage, I think we will.”
In order to justify pitching more often, Bauer will need to perform a lot better than he did when he came to Cincinnati in a trade with the Cleveland Indians last season. The 29-year-old had a 2-5 record with a 6.39 ERA in 10 starts for the Reds.
Trevor Bauer has sometimes favored odd usage patterns or unique superstitions throughout his baseball career, and the Cincinnati Reds may be willing to go along with one of them in 2020.
In the past, Bauer has voiced his eagerness to pitch every fourth day instead of the traditional five. In fact, he has even said he would make it a priority in free agency to find a team that would allow him to pitch on that schedule.
In the shortened 2020 season, the Cincinnati Reds are apparently considering giving Bauer what he wants.
Pitching coach Derek Johnson says Trevor Bauer starting every 4th day is 100% on the table. #Reds
This would no doubt make Bauer very happy. Maybe it’s even a ploy by the Reds to make him more interested in re-signing, as he’s entering the final year of team control. It remains to be seen if he’d be as effective as he thinks he would, or how it would impact the rest of the Reds’ rotation. Still, it’s an interesting scenario to watch for.
Trevor Bauer really doesn’t like the Houston Astros.
The Cincinnati Reds pitcher celebrated the return of summer camps on Friday by posting a picture of himself in the clubhouse. Fans very quickly noticed that his shirt had a pretty clear message about the Astros.
Baseball is back everyone!! Intake testing done, lots of really high tech stuff goin on here but anything to help us win is in, right?! pic.twitter.com/9smfaui36r
The remark in the caption about “anything to help us win” certainly seems to be a shot at the Astros as well.
The 2017 Astros infamously used a trash can scheme to steal signs throughout the season, and the fact that no players were punished and the title was allowed to stand sparked severe outcry throughout the league. Bauer has been one of the leading critics of both the Astros and MLB’s response to the scandal.
“I would sign with the Yankees,” said Bauer. “I want to pitch every fourth day, so as long as they’re willing to let me make 40 starts and pitch every fourth day, it would certainly be a conversation.”
The 29-year-old righty also said that, despite his frequent dust-ups with Yankee fans on Twitter, two percent of his followers are actually from New York, based on his social media analytics.
Bauer, an All-Star in 2018, had a down year in 2019, especially after being traded to Cincinnati by the Cleveland Indians. In ten starts for the Reds, he went 2-5 with an ugly 6.39 ERA, meaning that Bauer will have some work to do to rebuild his value in a shortened contract year.
Negotiations between MLB and the MLB Players Association went on for weeks before the sides finally agreed on terms to play a shortened 2020 season. The owners ended up implementing a 60-game season and asking the players to report by July 1, which they agreed to do.
To sum up the differences, the owners wanted the players to take a pay cut on top of accepting prorated pay for the shortened season to account for the lack of revenue due to the absence of fans at games. Among the players’ issues were: they felt that the owners were overstating their revenue losses; that they shouldn’t be paid less after the sides reached an agreement on pay in March; and that they should not be paid less for the same work that will be performed in conditions where there is a greater health risk.
According to a report, some of the dissenters felt marginalized by the union.
SNY’s Andy Martino wrote an excellent article about the labor situation between MLB and the union that is highly advised for you to read. In the article, Martino says some players in the union felt Bauer was more interested in tweeting than contributing. Martino says the other side is that Bauer and another player, executive board member Daniel Murphy, felt marginalized when expressing a differing viewpoint.
Trevor Bauer rarely is one to hold back when it comes to sharing his thoughts, and Monday was no exception.
The Cincinnati Reds pitcher tweeted about the labor situation in baseball. Bauer says that he believes most players and owners want a season, and he seemed exasperated over the inability of the sides to reach a deal.
implement a season due to the believe that any further proposals would simply be wasting time. Instead of implementing a season, MLB made another proposal. So, neither side is really right or wrong here. This is just a separate conversation. Hope that clears some things up!
Now, to voice my personal opinion, and in no way am I speaking on behalf of any other players or the union as a whole, I believe there is a deal to be had here that is beneficial for everyone involved and I’m honestly not sure what the hold up is. What’s the exasperated emoji??
Bauer then said it was “absolute death” to the industry to allow the conflict over the 2020 season to continue.
It’s absolute death for this industry to keep acting as it has been. Both sides. We’re driving the bus straight off a cliff. How is this good for anyone involved? Covid 19 already presented a lose lose lose situation and we’ve somehow found a way to make it worse. Incredible.
He also said that now was not the time to have the greater fight between the sides since there is more of a rush now to get a season underway compared to in 2021 when the Collective Bargaining Agreement needs to be negotiated. He said the negotiation delays were causing “irreparable damage” to the sport.
If there’s going to be a fight the time for that fight is after the ‘21 season when a new CBA is negotiated. 5 years of potential change. We’re doing irreparable damage to our industry right now over rules that last AT MOST 16 months. WTF kind of sense does that make?
I have so much more I want to say about this whole thing but out of respect to my fellow players I’m going to continue holding my tongue. If any of you would like to talk about it please hit me up privately.
The owners’ insistence that they only have so much money to spend on player salaries this year due to the lack of fan attendance/revenue, and the players’ insistence of not taking a pay cut beyond prorated pay, has led to the inability of the sides to come to a deal.
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred surprised baseball fans on Monday when he said he is not confident there will be a 2020 season, but star pitcher Trevor Bauer believes he has a full understanding of the motivation behind the remarks.
Almost immediately after Manfred said he is “not confident” there will be an MLB season this year, Bauer took to Twitter to unload on the commissioner. Bauer essentially said Manfred’s goal is to stall time before launching the 2020 season, that way the league can justify having as short of a season as possible.
isn’t it Rob? Because then you’d have to explain why you’re only going to impose 50 games when we could easily play 70+ right now. The tactic is to bluff with “no season” again and delay another 2-3 weeks until you clear the risk of “not negotiating in good faith by trying to
obvious to everyone what you were trying to do. And no one would think that was a “representative season” so you’d risk not getting your precious playoff money. Nope, can’t have that. So gotta make it more than that. But not too many…you’ve gone as high as about 55 games full
Be at least 4 off days in there…so that’s 64 days. Plus about 20 for spring training…84 days. Sept 27-84 days is July 5. Plus about a week to get players to spring training. So tack on another 7, that takes us to June 28. As I have it figured, that’s your deadline. But today
You’re holding a losing hand. Unfortunately, it’s a losing hand for everyone involved, not just you. There’s some saying out there about not killing the goose that lays the golden eggs. Check it out on the ole google machine. It’s worth knowing.
Manfred said last week that he was certain there would be a season, so it would make sense if his change of stance is an effort to shift blame on the MLB Players Association. The owners have the ability to start the season and pay the players full pro-rated salaries per the terms of the agreement the two sides reached in March, but Manfred would determine the length of the season in that scenario.
Bauer is one of the most outspoken players in baseball, and he recently got into a heated Twitter debate with a former player about the state of the negotiations between MLB and the MLBPA. As Manfred said Monday, the fact that the two sides have not been able to come to an agreement is a terrible look for baseball.
A couple of top pitchers in the Cincinnati Reds organization are working with each other.
Hunter Greene, who was the No. 2 overall pick by the Reds in the 2017 MLB Draft, shared a video on Twitter Saturday that showed him working with Trevor Bauer, whom the Reds acquired in a trade last year.
Very productive last 2 days w/ @BauerOutage trying to perfect these secondary pitches. Blessed to be able to use this time to learn from a great player and a great person. We are both itching to get back to competing on the mound! Check out the movement below pic.twitter.com/cKQZqHHr26
In addition to this showing Greene working on improving his craft, the video is a good sign of the youngster’s rehab progress. Greene missed all of last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery and is working his way back. The 20-year-old pitcher is known for a blazing fastball that can reach 102 mph.
Trevor Bauer has never been one to back down from a social media spat, and former MLB pitcher Kyle Lohse experienced that first hand on Thursday when he engaged in a heated exchange with the right-hander.
Bauer blasted Scott Boras earlier this week and accused the powerful agent of “meddling in MLBPA affairs.” Bauer’s issue seems to be that Boras has a big influence over the players’ union and is standing in the way of a deal that would allow the 2020 season to begin. Lohse, who was repped by Boras during his playing career, disagrees with Bauer and let the Cincinnati Reds star know by calling him out on Twitter.
Who do you think has helped put a system in place where you can throw balls and never have to really work a day in your life while making unreal amounts of money? Take your comments to the MLBPA if you have concerns, not twitter. Let the union do the talking. Best of luck
That turned out to be the first shot in what became a full-blown war. Bauer fired back by saying he would hire Boras as his agent if he wanted Boras to represent his interests. Bauer then told Lohse he is “out of touch” because he no longer plays. Lohse replied by calling Bauer immature.
going on…that inherently means you’re out of touch…it’s not an insult…
Things then got even more personal. Lohse accused Bauer of only caring about Boras’ handling of the negotiations between MLB and the players because Bauer’s own agent, Rachel Luba, doesn’t have a say. Lohse claimed he knows for a fact that Bauer and Luba are dating, and Bauer accused Lohse of being sexist for bringing that into the debate.
@BauerOutage Back to the original point, I’ve had time to think about how this started and your use of the word agenda struck me. So I think I’ll just leave these questions here for you. Btw. I’m on the players side of this, just not your style. pic.twitter.com/JFGXzLNrsq
Ok @KyleLohse26 2 things. You disrespected me first by judging me and making accusations. Second, it’s extremely sexist to assume that @AgentRachelLuba and I are dating. Would you assume any other player is dating their agent or are you just doing that because of her gender? pic.twitter.com/6Ms2ksTygo
The beef continued for a while. After Lohse slept on it, he decided to demand an apology from Bauer on Friday morning.
Ok Trevor, (your DMs are off)I’ve thought about it. Here’s what is going to happen. You’re going to apologize for wrongly calling me a sexist & delete your tweet. I know I wasn’t lying or falsely assuming. Then we can both go our own ways. Or I could keep going. Your call.