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.
Playbook: 1) take no risk yourself 2) blame everything on the players 3) protect tv revenue at all costs 4) repeat
If anyone thought the season would be cancelled when MLB has their dream scenario in place (games, player cost, post season games, tv revenue), you crazy. https://t.co/pJfexp9KQI
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.