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Trevor Bauer responds with video after getting trolled by Ronald Acuña Jr.

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Trevor Bauer responded on Twitter after being trolled by Ronald Acuña Jr. on Thursday.

Acuña’s Atlanta Braves knocked off Bauer’s Cincinnati Reds on Thursday 5-0 in Game 2 of their NL Wild Card Series to advance to the NLDS.

After the win, Acuña trolled Bauer on Twitter. He posted a GIF of Marc Gasol doing a goofy Vince McMahon/Conor McGregor walk. His caption was “Goooo homeeeee.”

Bauer, who pitched 7.2 scoreless innings in Game 1 and took a no-decision, shared his response. He created a video showing him striking out Acuña and all the other Braves players as part of his 12-strikeout effort.

The video was humorous, and even Acuña appreciated it. The young Braves star responded and said Bauer was “funny.”

Acuña went 1-for-6 in Game 1 of the series but was 1-for-3 with a double against Bauer. That’s more than respectable. Also, Acuña’s double was the hardest hit ball off Bauer all season.

We appreciate the back-and-forth between the two star players. Maybe this will be Bauer’s new Twitter sparring opponent.

Trevor Bauer took funny shot at Astros fans after being eliminated from playoffs

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Trevor Bauer has a longstanding feud with the Houston Astros fanbase, and he got in another shot on Wednesday after being bounced from the playoffs.

Bauer’s Cincinnati Reds got eliminated with a 5-0 loss to the Atlanta Braves in their best-of-three Wild Card series. After the game, the All-Star righty addressed the Reds, Braves, and Astros fans in his Twitter mentions. He thanked the Reds fans for a great season and expressed disappointment in the reception he got from Braves fans. As for the Astros fans, Bauer wrote, “LOL, why are y’all here? Stay mad.”

The elimination was no fault of Bauer’s own. He was excellent in Game 1 on Wednesday, throwing 7.2 shutout innings with 12 strikeouts. The Reds could not give him any run support though and lost by a 1-0 final in 13 innings.

With regard to the Astros, Bauer has been a vocal critic of them for their 2017 cheating scandal, leading to some bad blood with the fanbase. The 29-year-old is also eligible for free agency this offseason. Thus, we know that he probably will not be signing with the Braves and that he definitely will not be signing with the Astros.

The Houston Astros are confirmed cheaters and deserve an asterisk. Send that message by wearing our Houston Asterisks T-shirt! You can buy it here:

Trevor Bauer has new beef with MLB over family attendance rules

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Trevor Bauer has never been shy about taking on Major League Baseball, and the Cincinnati Reds pitcher was at it again on Monday.

Bauer took aim at MLB and suggested that the league is not allowing the families of players on designated road teams to attend playoff games.

MLB hasn’t announced anything specific policy-wise on this. Players will be allowed to bring their families into the bubble, but the league had not clarified any rules about them attending games. Bauer seems to have been told that home players will have families attending games, but visiting families will not.

If true, Bauer is definitely right about the silliness of the rule. Limiting attendance makes sense, but doing it based on this doesn’t really hold up when home and away team status is just a designation in the bubble. MLB hasn’t clarified this policy publicly, though.

Bauer has never been afraid to call out the league. This is yet another example of that.

Video: Trevor Bauer does Vince McMahon strut after strikeout

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Trevor Bauer put together a brilliant performance for the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday, and he brought out the swag.

Bauer pitched eight innings during the Reds’ 6-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers. He allowed just four hits, one run and struck out 12 in an impressive performance.

Bauer was oozing confidence during his outing. After he struck out Christian Yelich to end the top of the eighth, he did the strut popularized by Vince McMahon (and later copied by Conor McGregor).

This is not the first time Bauer has done this. He also did it in early August during a start against Detroit.

Bauer asked to start on short rest and got his way. He proved the Reds’ trust in him was justified; the Reds are now in a much better spot to grab a playoff spot in the National League.

David Bell explains why Reds gave in to Trevor Bauer’s short rest demands

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Trevor Bauer has long advocated for being allowed to pitch every fourth day. With their season on the line, the Cincinnati Reds are finally allowing him to do it.

Reds manager David Bell admitted the decision to start Bauer on short rest Wednesday is a gamble, but in a key matchup with the Milwaukee Brewers, it ultimately made sense.

“Just everything that Trevor does, the way he prepares, the way he works, the way he knows himself, I couldn’t be more confident with any other pitcher than I am with Trevor going into it, even with the uncertainty,” Bell said, via Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer. “I think it’s just where we are and it’s worth giving it a shot.”

The Reds are locked in a tight battle with several teams, including the Brewers, for the final National League playoff spots. Bauer is a Cy Young candidate with a 1.80 ERA in ten starts. Giving him the ball as often as possible simply makes sense, especially when he’s long advocated for it.

Trevor Bauer blasts MLB for not allowing ‘Free Joe Kelly’ cleats

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Trevor Bauer has unloaded on MLB commissioner Rob Manfred once again, this time over the league blocking him from wearing a pair of custom cleats on Wednesday night.

Bauer had a pair of “Free Joe Kelly” cleats made, and he was going to wear them for his start against the Kansas City Royals. He decided against it, however, after MLB threatened to eject him and then some if he wore them. Bauer then threw a one-hit shutout and unloaded on MLB with a series of tweets after the game.

Bauer’s cleats were essentially a protest of the suspension Kelly received for throwing at Astros hitters. He had to have known MLB would not approve the shoes, even if he thought he found a loophole in the rules.

Even without the cleats, Bauer still found a way to make headlines for his wardrobe. The right-hander took off his jersey to reveal an awesome shirt after shutting out the Royals.

Trevor Bauer wears perfect shirt after shutting out Royals

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Trevor Bauer made plenty of headlines on Wednesday relating to his clothing, and this time it was his shirt that generated some attention.

Bauer continued his hot pitching by throwing a 1-hit shutout of the Kansas City Royals in the second game of a 7-inning doubleheader. He allowed just three walks and struck out nine while getting the win, improving to 3-0 with a 0.68 ERA on the season.

After the game ended, Bauer took off his jersey to reveal a “Send It” T-shirt he was wearing.

What’s the story with the shirt?

The shirt references the infamous incident on July 28 last year in Kansas City when Bauer, as a member of the Indians, launched a ball over the center field wall. Bauer apologized for his childish behavior and later said he believed it contributed to his trade from the Indians to the Reds.

Bauer is now selling the shirt on his website.

The Reds ace, who has been one of the hottest pitchers of the season this year, also was in the news Wednesday for the cleats he wanted to wear.

Trevor Bauer threatened with MLB discipline over ‘Free Joe Kelly’ cleats

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Trevor Bauer’s plan to wear a pair of cleats in support of Joe Kelly is off after the league threatened discipline.

Bauer told ESPN’s Jeff Passan that MLB reached out to the Cincinnati Reds and said that the shoes were against league regulations. MLB added that Bauer could be removed from the game or face further discipline for wearing them.

Bauer said he believed that the shoes fell within MLB guidelines. Per league rules, cleats “may contain writings, illustrations, and messages.” However, the league and clubs have the right to reject any design, and wearing any non-approved design in a game could result in discipline.

The Reds pitcher planned to wear the cleats in support of Kelly, who was suspended for five games for throwing at Houston Astros players in July.

The chances of Bauer’s design ever being approved by MLB were always low. The shoes are essentially protesting a suspension the league itself handed down. MLB wasn’t going to do anything that could be seen as endorsing that message.

Even though MLB didn’t approve, Bauer probably would’ve been supported by some of his fellow players had he been able to wear the shoes.

Trevor Bauer has incredible Joe Kelly cleats ‘Free Joe Kelly’

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Trevor Bauer is clearly on the side of Joe Kelly when it comes to the Houston Astros.

The Cincinnati Reds pitcher showed off his cleats for Wednesday’s game in honor of Kelly. One features the famous face the Dodgers reliever made at Carlos Correa and the Astros in a late July game, while the other simply has “Free Joe Kelly” on it.

Kelly and Bauer have both been very critical of the Astros, so there’s a common thread there. This may be Bauer’s way of showing that he agrees that Kelly shouldn’t have been suspended for what he did last month.

Kelly’s actions were praised fairly widely given how disliked the Astros are throughout baseball. In fact, Bauer’s cleats aren’t even the first pieces of apparel to have that face on them.

Trevor Bauer ready to challenge teammate Sonny Gray?

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There’s a rivalry forming between two Cincinnati Reds starting pitchers, but it’s one that the team will probably be very happy with.

Reds pitcher Sonny Gray was excellent Friday night, striking out ten batters in 6.2 innings in an 8-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. The ten strikeouts bring his season total to 45, which is the highest tally by any Reds starter through five starts in the modern era.

Teammate Trevor Bauer made it clear that he’s out to top that.

Bauer is scheduled to start Saturday for Cincinnati. He enters that outing with 32 strikeouts in three starts so far, which means he certainly has a realistic chance of matching or besting Gray’s mark.

The 29-year-old right-hander seems to be in a pretty good place this year, and his 0.93 ERA would back that up. Pitchers are notoriously competitive and staffs feed off each other when one of them is pitching well, so don’t be surprised to see Bauer with some added motivation as long as Gray is doing the job he is.