Cincinnati Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer continues to not be a big fan of commissioner Rob Manfred.
On Saturday, after Manfred said that the season would continue, but “players need to be better” in terms of observing health and safety protocols. This didn’t sit well with Bauer, who felt that Manfred was throwing players under the bus and pinning too much responsibility on them.
Most teams and players do appear to be working hard to follow Manfred’s guidelines. There’s a lot of anger at one team that seemingly failed to do so.
Bauer has long been an outspoken critic of Manfred on many issues. He also doesn’t want the players getting blamed if the season does not go as planned.
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.
Bauer himself has said that infamous outburst probably played a role in Cleveland’s decision to trade him to Cincinnati. It was certainly memorable, and he might as well embrace how weird it was. The Reds probably won’t mind as long as he doesn’t actually do it again.
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.”
Bauer is in the final year of his contract, and he feels pitching on short rest could allow him to maximize his value. He also has some interesting thoughts for how he intends to approach free agency, so this could all be part of his plan.
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.
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.
Bauer has some other free agency ideas he plans to pursue. He’s certainly unique in how he approaches his craft. Maybe the Reds ought to just embrace it.
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.
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.
That shirt is clearly pretty popular. Bauer isn’t even the only player to have been spotted wearing one.
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Trevor Bauer will be a free agent after the 2020 season, and he is open to going to a top contender.
Appearing Tuesday on Complex’s “Load Management” podcast, the Cincinnati Reds pitcher said he would be open to signing with the New York Yankees.
“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.
Interestingly enough, the Yankees were linked to Bauer before the Reds deal, so the intrigue could be very mutual come next offseason.
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.
Though the owners voted 30-0 in favor of scheduling the season, the players had some dissent on their most recent vote (33-5) about rejecting MLB’s proposal.
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.
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The other side to that is that players like Bauer sometimes felt marginalized when they did try to engage and express views that differed from prominent voices on the executive board.
Bauer is not alone in feeling frozen out by Clark and Meyer’s union; one source said that executive board member Daniel Murphy, a “yes” vote, was “isolated” by some of his fellow players.
Murphy, 35, is a three-time All-Star and currently with the Rockies. Bauer pitches for the Cincinnati Reds and has been vocal about negotiations on Twitter. He has taken shots at both sides, at times ripping MLB and commissioner Rob Manfred, while also suggesting Scott Boras was interfering with the union and that the union was part of the problem in negotiations.
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.
Bauer then said it was “absolute death” to the industry to allow the conflict over the 2020 season to continue.
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.
Bauer previously called out MLB for what he perceived to be stall tactics by the owners. He also has pointed his finger at superagent Scott Boras. Boras represents many highly-paid players who would most adversely be affected by a pay cut on top of the prorated season. The belief is that this group of players — led by Boras — are most strongly against taking anything less than their full prorated amount.
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.
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.
Greene is from Los Angeles and went to high school in Sherman Oaks, not too far from where Bauer grew up and played high school ball. Bauer was the No. 3 pick in the 2011 draft.
Bauer is known for his creative, outside-the-box type of training methods that are now becoming more widespread throughout baseball.
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.