Trevor Bauer took his Astros’ trolling to a brand new degree on Monday, signaling brazenly to a batter what was coming.
Trevor Bauer has been one of many extra outspoken gamers concerning the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal from the very starting. Because the scandal has stayed within the information, Bauer helped gasoline the buzzer-wearing principle after which referred to as out commissioner Rob Manfred for his dealing with of the whole state of affairs.
Bauer can also be a deeply analytical thoughts, repeatedly tweaking and attempting new issues to get the very best out of himself as a pitcher.
Throughout Monday’s Cactus League recreation towards the Dodgers, Bauer determined he would simply minimize out the sign-stealing center man and inform Dodgers’ first baseman Matt Beaty what was coming.
The Reds’ broadcast staff speculated on Bauer’s intentions when he repeated a gesture a number of instances in a row. He flipped his glove up within the common sign to his catcher, usually throughout warmups between innings, fastball is coming. Bauer was, in fact, brazenly signaling to Beaty what pitch was coming.
Throughout a mid-inning dugout interview, Reds’ participant Derek Dietrich confirmed he knew what Bauer was doing.
“In reality, I do. Trevor and I are good buddies. In the event you’ve adopted baseball this offseason, there’s a bit of factor happening with signal stealing. So, Trevor’s not too keen on it, so he figured he’s gonna attempt one thing new this season. And he’s gonna begin telling the batters what’s coming. And that approach there’s no ifs, ands or buts about what’s happening. Simply right here it comes, attempt to hit it.”
Beaty wound up flying out to middle discipline, in the one at-bat Bauer signaled his pitches throughout his outing on Monday. The Reds’ right-hander went three scoreless innings out of the bullpen, with two strikeouts and two hits allowed.
Bauer absolutely received’t carry his intentional pitch-tipping into significant video games. But it surely’s clear he’ll take each alternative to troll the Astros’ sign-stealing methods, and thus deliver some degree of curiosity to what is going to in any other case be mundane spring-training outings.