On Wednesday, March 4th, 2020 the Cincinnati Reds’ starting pitcher, Trevor Bauer, and Major League Baseball’s commissioner, Rob Manfred, met in order to discuss a variety of topics. Bauer expressed to the media that the meeting between the two of them was “very productive”, and hopefully it cleared up any disagreements between the two parties.
Bauer has been well known for publicly bashing the MLB commissioner especially recently. He criticized Manfred for the manner in which baseball’s commissioner handled the electronic sign stealing scandal as well as increasing the number of teams that make the postseason from 10 to 14 ball clubs. He had also called Manfred “a joke” on twitter not too long ago.
The right hander seems to have gained respect for Manfred for agreeing to meet with Bauer to discuss ideas on how to improve Major League Baseball. Bauer wanted to express ideas such as not worrying about the length of baseball games, and how the league could better market its players.
Problems Facing the MLB:
Major League Baseball has been trying to come up with ways to combat issues like lower attendance to ball games, the increase in the time of baseball games, and the decreasing viewership on broadcasted contests. With people especially younger individuals losing interest in baseball they are trying to come up with ways to make one of America’s favorite past times more appealing to an audience that has a very low attention span.
I agree with Trevor Bauer. I think that the MLB should stop trying to make changes to the game in order to try an appeal to people that are not interested in the great game that has been around for a very long time. Instead they need to work on promotions and all around access to the game and its players.
Bauer’s Career Regular Season Statistics:
|162 Game Avg.||13||11||.538||4.04||35||33||1||1||201||182||97||90||24||79||1||212||11||8||855||109||3.92||1.295||8.1||1.1||3.5||9.5||2.70|
|CLE (7 yrs)||67||53||.558||3.89||180||170||6||3||1||1||1044.1||939||484||451||118||405||8||1094||54||2||40||4429||113||3.85||1.287||8.1||1.0||3.5||9.4||2.70|
|ARI (1 yr)||1||2||.333||6.06||4||4||16.1||14||13||11||2||13||17||1||2||77||69||5.18||1.653||7.7||1.1||7.2||9.4||1.31|
|CIN (1 yr)||2||5||.286||6.39||10||10||56.1||57||42||40||12||19||68||5||2||247||71||4.85||1.349||9.1||1.9||3.0||10.9||3.58|
|AL (7 yrs)||67||53||.558||3.89||180||170||6||3||1||1||1044.1||939||484||451||118||405||8||1094||54||2||40||4429||113||3.85||1.287||8.1||1.0||3.5||9.4||2.70|
|NL (2 yrs)||3||7||.300||6.32||14||14||72.2||71||55||51||14||32||85||6||4||324||71||4.92||1.417||8.8||1.7||4.0||10.5||2.66|
Bauer’s Career Playoff Statistics:
|3 Yrs (5 Series)||1||4||.200||3.81||10||6||1||26.0||31||16||11||4||8||1||32||1||116||1.500||10.7||1.4||2.8||11.1||4.00||-0.55|
“I’ve been publicly critical of Rob Manfred before, but I have to give him props. He said he’d meet with any players who had further questions and he was a man of his word this morning. We had a very productive meeting about a wide range of topics,” Trevor Bauer stated.
“It was an inside story that I can’t tell you guys, but just having fun, joking around,” says Bauer.
“It wasn’t team-specific,” Bauer explained. “I did it a couple times last season in games. There are a lot of interesting outcomes from it, psychologically and competitively. Spring training is time to work on things.”
“Trevor’s not too fond of it. so he figured he’s going to try something new this season and he’s going to start telling the batters what’s coming,” Derek Dietrich expressed. “That way there’s no ifs, ands or buts about what’s going on, just here it comes, try to hit it.”
“You never know,” Dietrich replied. “Trevor’s always going to do something nuts. We enjoy him.”
“I’m not surprised it blew up on social media,” says Bauer. “Derek dumped a bunch of gasoline on that fire, which I thought was pretty funny. It’s good for baseball overall.”