Trevor Bauer

Trevor Andrew Bauer (born January 17, 1991) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has previously pitched in MLB for the Arizona Diamondbacks and Cleveland Indians.

Bauer played college baseball for the UCLA Bruins, winning the Golden Spikes Award in 2011. He was the third overall selection of the 2011 Major League Baseball draft by the Diamondbacks, and made his MLB debut in 2012.[1] The Diamondbacks traded him to the Indians during the 2012–13 offseason. The Indians traded him to the Reds before the trade deadline in the 2019 season.

Trevor Bauer
Trevor Bauer on May 13, 2013
Bauer with the Cleveland Indians
Cincinnati Reds – No. 27
Pitcher
Born: January 17, 1991 (age 28)
North Hollywood, California
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
June 28, 2012, for the Arizona Diamondbacks
MLB statistics
(through August 14, 2019)
Win–loss record69–56
Earned run average3.97
Strikeouts1,130
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Amateur career

Bauer attended Hart High School in Santa Clarita, California. He then attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he played for the UCLA Bruins baseball team. In his freshman year at UCLA, Bauer recorded a 9–3 win-loss record with a 2.99 earned run average (ERA), recording 92 strikeouts in ​105 13 innings pitched.

Bauer was a member of the USA 2007 Baseball Collegiate National Team. He was 1–1 with a 4.67 ERA in five games (three starts), with 24 strikeouts and seven walks in ​17 13 innings. In 2009, he was named to the Baseball America freshman All-America team.[2]

During the 2010 season, the Bruins had the best record (51–17) in school history and were the second best team in the country. The Bruins played in the 2010 College World Series and were defeated by South Carolina in the NCAA Championship Series.[3] In 2010, he was a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award, presented annually to the top amateur baseball player in the country by USA Baseball.[4]

In 2011, Bauer was named the Pac-12 Conference Pitcher of the Year and to the All-Pac-12 First Team. He was also the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper's National Player of the Year. He was named the District IX Player of the Year by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) and College Player of the Year by Baseball America.[5]

In his junior year, Bauer went 13–2 with a 1.25 ERA in 16 starts. He set a nation-leading and Pac-12 single-season record of 203 strikeouts. He finished the season with nine consecutive complete games and established new records at UCLA, including 460 career strikeouts, 34 wins, and ​373 13 pitched innings. Bauer won the Golden Spikes Award,[6] and the National Pitcher of the Year Award.[7]

Professional career

Arizona Diamondbacks

Bauer was selected third overall in the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks.[9] On July 25, he signed a major league contract with the Diamondbacks, being added to the 40-man roster.[10] He made his professional debut with the Class-A Advanced Visalia Rawhide.[11] In the game, Bauer pitched two innings, allowing one hit, striking out three batters and walked one.[8] He made three starts in total in Visalia, pitching in nine innings and allowing three runs on seven hits. However, he struck out 17 of the 39 batters he faced,[12] earning himself a promotion to the Double-A Mobile BayBears on August 13.[13]

In four starts at AA Mobile, Bauer pitched ​16 23 innings, striking out 26, but walked eight batters and had a 7.56 ERA.[14] He received his first win as a professional August 20, 2011 in a 13–6 victory over the Jacksonville Suns. He was named to appear in the 2012 All-Star Futures Game.[15]

Bauer made his major league debut for the Diamondbacks on June 28, 2012, against the Atlanta Braves. He went 4 innings, struck out 3 batters, and gave up 5 hits in a no-decision. He got his first major league win on July 8, against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

On July 18, 2012, Bauer was optioned back to Triple-A Reno Aces after posting a 1–2 record and a 6.06 ERA. The organization rested Bauer for two weeks to keep his arm lively, and he responded by posting six shutout innings in his first start back on August 6.[16]

Cleveland Indians

On December 11, 2012 he was traded to the Cleveland Indians in a three-team deal. Bauer went to Cleveland with Matt Albers and Bryan Shaw in exchange for Didi Gregorius, Tony Sipp and Lars Anderson. The Indians also acquired Drew Stubbs in a deal that sent Shin-Soo Choo and Jason Donald to Cincinnati to complete the deal.[17]

In 2013 for the Indians he was 1-2 with a 5.29 ERA.[18] In 2014 for the Indians he was 5-8 with a 4.18 ERA.[18]

On June 16, 2015, Bauer got his first hit as a batter against the Chicago Cubs' pitcher Jake Arrieta in the top of the 5th inning at Wrigley Field.[19][20] During the July 3, 2015, game against the Pittsburgh Pirates' pitcher Antonio Bastardo, Bauer imitated his teammates batting stances (Jason Kipnis, Mike Avilés, and Ryan Raburn) in the top of the 7th inning and drew a walk.[21][22] In 2015 he was 11-12 and had the highest rate of bases on balls per 9 innings pitched in the majors (4.04).[23] He led the American League in walks, with 79,[24] and his 12 losses were 7th-most in the AL.

On October 17, 2016, Bauer left Game 3 of the 2016 American League Championship Series due to having cut his pinky on a propeller of his drone on October 14, 2016. In the subsequent World Series against the Chicago Cubs, Bauer was the losing pitcher in both of his starts, which came in Games 2 and 5. The Cubs would win the Series in seven games.

On October 5, 2017, in Game 1 of the American League Division Series, Bauer pitched 5​13 innings against the New York Yankees without giving up a hit, setting a new Indians postseason record.[25]

On April 4, 2019, Bauer pitched seven no-hit innings against the Toronto Blue Jays, recording eight strikeouts, six walks and one hit by pitch.[26]

On July 28, 2019, after allowing 7 earned runs to the Kansas City Royals threw a baseball out of frustration from the pitchers mound over the centerfield wall after seeing his manager Terry Francona walk out from the dugout to take him out of the game. Bauer later apologized for the incident, calling his actions both "childish, unprofessional".[27]

Cincinnati Reds

On July 31, 2019, the Indians traded Bauer to the Cincinnati Reds in a three-team trade that also included the San Diego Padres. The Indians acquired Franmil Reyes, Logan Allen, and minor leaguer Victor Nova from the Padres and Yasiel Puig and minor league pitcher Scott Moss from the Reds, while the Padres acquired minor leaguer Taylor Trammell from the Reds.[28]

Pitching style

Bauer said he has patterned his overhand delivery after his role model, two-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum.[29] He said he has studied so much video of Lincecum that he can by memory play back frame by frame Lincecum striking out 18 UCLA batters while he was a junior at the University of Washington. "He's been a huge influence on my career and my delivery," Bauer said.

Bauer features an eclectic and large variety of pitches. According to an article in Sports Illustrated, he has experimented with up to 19 different pitches.[1] He explained in an interview why he features so many pitches:

I'm very passionate about my craft and I've always been into science and discovery and all that stuff, so I'm always trying to find a way to get better from season to season. And throwing more pitches is a way that I've found to.... The more pitches that I have, that have different speeds and move differently, the more confusion it creates for the hitter. And if I throw all of them out of the same tunnel and make them look the same through 20 feet of flight ... obviously, I'm going to be a lot tougher to hit.[30]

According to Bauer, he throws the following pitches:[30]

  • Four-seam fastball – thrown at 93–94 mph (tops out at 98)[31]
  • Changeups – thrown 80–84 mph. Bauer says, "I have two variations of it; I can make it cut or I can make it run."
  • Curveballs – "curve one" thrown at 74–78 mph, "curve two" thrown at 80–81.[32] According to Bauer, "I have two different grips, one that I use for a strike pitch and then another grip I use when I really want to bury it."
  • "Dot slider" – a traditional slider, 84–86 mph
  • "Circle slider" – a slider with movement more similar to a cutter. Bauer: "I use that one primarily early in the count to hit tunnels to righties, disguise it, make it look like a fastball or a changeup and keep it in the zone."
  • "Reverse slider" – thrown at 88–91 mph, it is designed to act as a "left-handed cut fastball ... It's a cross between a sinking fastball and a screwball—it's a little bit slower than a sinking fastball and a little bit harder than a traditional screwball would be."
  • Split-finger fastball – a traditional splitter, 86–88 mph

Bauer has gained some celebrity for his unusual workout and warmup regimen,[33][34] which includes long toss at distances of up to 400 feet. Bauer is also known to study his pitching mechanics using high-speed cameras.[1] He has posted a series of videos on YouTube showing his pitching mechanics and repertoire in slow motion.[35]

Personal life

Charitable Campaigns

Starting in the 2018 season, Bauer launched his 69 Days of Giving campaign. In 2018, Bauer donated $400 to 68 different charities and capped it off by donating almost $70,000 to Max S. Hayes High School. The school is located minutes away from Progressive Field where the Indians play and focuses on technical and trade education. In 2019, Bauer decided to take his giving to donate $10/strikeout to 69 different charities picked by his Twitter followers.

Drone accident

Outside of baseball, Bauer collects drones. Bauer sliced and injured his right pinky finger while repairing a drone in October 2016, a couple of days before he had a scheduled post-season start, and he needed ten stitches to close the wound caused by one of the drone's propellers.[36][37][38] His injury forced his pitching start in the 2016 American League Championship Series to be pushed back from Game 2 to Game 3. Bauer had to leave after the first inning of Game 3, however, when the stitches used to treat his cut opened up.[39]

Conspiracy theories and politics

Bauer describes himself as a "socially liberal free-market capitalist".[40] Although at first he claimed to have voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 United States presidential election,[41] he later said he did not vote at all, but that he thought Trump would "shake up the system".[40] He has criticized American media for a liberal bias in its coverage of the president.[42]

Bauer has voiced his support of conspiracy theories such as climate change denial and the birther movement associated with Barack Obama.[42] On May 22, 2018, Bauer was accused of carving BD 911 into the pitcher's mound, a reference to a conspiracy theory that indicated "Bush did 9/11". Bauer later wrote on Twitter that he wrote BD 91.1 and that the numbers and letters were meaningful to him personally and completely unrelated to the September 11 attacks.[43]

Bauer has become known for his active Twitter feed, where he has argued about politics with other users, joked that one should kill himself, bragged about how smart he is, and tweeted that "690%" of his teammates were fellow Trump supporters. He said that the MLB Commissioner's Office tried to censor him for sharing his opinions.[44]

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External links

2010 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament

The 2010 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament began on Friday, June 4, 2010 as part of the 2010 NCAA Division I baseball season. The 64 team double elimination tournament concluded with the 2010 College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska. This was the final year at Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium, the host venue since 1950.

2011 College Baseball All-America Team

This is a list of college baseball players named first team All-Americans in 2011. The NCAA recognizes four different All-America selectors for baseball: the American Baseball Coaches Association (since 1947), Baseball America (since 1981), Collegiate Baseball (since 1991), and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (since 2001).

2011 UCLA Bruins baseball team

The 2011 UCLA Bruins baseball team represented the University of California, Los Angeles in the 2011 NCAA Division I baseball season. The team played their home games in Jackie Robinson Stadium. The Bruins finished the season with a 35–24 overall record, and won the Pacific-10 Conference Championship with 18 wins and 9 losses. The team automatically qualified for the 2011 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament, and were seeded #1 in the Los Angeles Regional. The Bruins lost the first game of the double-elimination format to the San Francisco Dons, 0-3. They then beat Fresno State 3-1 and San Francisco 4-1 to reach the regional finals. UC Irvine was undefeated coming into the game, and UCLA would have to beat them twice in order to become the regional champion. After beating San Francisco a little over one hour earlier, the Bruins took the field at Jackie Robinson stadium as the visiting team at 6 pm. The Bruins scored one run each in the 1st, 4th, and 5th innings, and gave up two runs each in the 5th and 9th. UC Irvine went on to play the Virginia Cavaliers in the Charlottesville Super Regional.

2016 Cleveland Indians season

The 2016 Cleveland Indians season was the 116th season for the franchise and the 23rd season at Progressive Field. The Indians won the American League Central Division for the first time since 2007 and also beat the Boston Red Sox in the Division Series for their first playoff win in nine years. They defeated the Toronto Blue Jays in five games in the American League Championship Series before losing to the Chicago Cubs in seven games in the 2016 World Series. This was their first appearance in the World Series since 1997.

2016 World Series

The 2016 World Series was the championship series of Major League Baseball's (MLB) 2016 season. The 112th edition of the World Series, it was a best-of-seven playoff between the National League (NL) champion Chicago Cubs and the American League (AL) champion Cleveland Indians, the first meeting of those franchises in postseason history. The series was played between October 25 and November 2 (although Game 7 ended slightly after 12:00 am local time on November 3). The Indians had home-field advantage because the AL had won the 2016 All-Star Game. This was the final World Series to have home-field advantage determined by the All-Star Game results; since 2017, home-field advantage has been awarded to the team with the better record.

The Cubs defeated the Indians 4 games to 3 to win their first World Series since 1908. Game 7, an 8–7 victory in 10 innings, marked the fifth time that a Game 7 had gone into extra innings and the first since 1997 (which, coincidentally, the Indians also lost). It was also the first Game 7 to have a rain delay, which occurred as the tenth inning was about to start. The Cubs became the sixth team to come back from a 3-1 deficit to win a best-of-seven World Series, following the 1925 Pittsburgh Pirates, the 1958 New York Yankees, the 1968 Detroit Tigers, the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates, and the 1985 Kansas City Royals.

The Cubs, playing in their eleventh World Series and their first since 1945, won their third championship and first since 1908, ending the longest world championship drought in North American professional sports history. It was the Indians' sixth appearance in the World Series and their first since 1997, with their last Series win having come in 1948. The two teams entered their matchup as the two franchises with the longest World Series title droughts, a combined 174 years without a championship. Cleveland manager Terry Francona, who had previously won World Series titles with the Boston Red Sox in 2004 and 2007, fell short in his bid to become the third manager to win his first three trips to the Fall Classic, after Casey Stengel and Joe Torre.

2017 American League Division Series

The 2017 American League Division Series were two best-of-five-games series held to determine the participating teams in the 2017 American League Championship Series. The three divisional winners (seeded 1-3) and a fourth team—the winner of a one-game Wild Card playoff—played in two series.

These matchups were:

(1) Cleveland Indians (Central Division champions) versus (4) New York Yankees (Wild Card Game winner)

(2) Houston Astros (West Division champions) versus (3) Boston Red Sox (East Division champions)For the first time, Major League Baseball sold presenting sponsorships to all of its postseason series; Doosan acquired presenting sponsorship to the ALDS, and thus the series was officially known as the American League Division Series presented by Doosan.

2018 American League Division Series

The 2018 American League Division Series were two best-of-five-game series to determine the participating teams of the 2018 American League Championship Series. The three divisional winners, seeded first through third, and a fourth team—the Wild Card Game winner—played in two series. These matchups were:

(1) Boston Red Sox (East Division champions) vs. (4) New York Yankees (Wild Card Game winner)

(2) Houston Astros (West Division champions) vs. (3) Cleveland Indians (Central Division champions)Under sponsorship agreements with T-Mobile, the series was formally known as the American League Division Series presented by T-Mobile. The Astros and Red Sox won their respective series, to advance to the Championship Series.

2018 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 2018 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 89th Major League Baseball All-Star Game. The game was hosted by the Washington Nationals and was played at Nationals Park on July 17, 2018. It was televised nationally by Fox. The American League beat the National League 8–6, in 10 innings.

The host city was announced on April 6, 2015, by Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred; it was the fifth All-Star Game in Washington, D.C., and the first since 1969, when the second Washington Senators hosted. It was also the first time that the Nationals had hosted the All-Star Game, and the first time that the Nationals franchise had hosted it since 1982, when the franchise played as the Montreal Expos.

The two leagues came into the game with identical 43–43–2 records and both had scored exactly 361 runs each in All-Star Game history. The game also broke a home run record, as ten home runs were hit in the game; the previous record being six. All but one run was scored by way of a home run. This is the second consecutive game the AL has won in the 10th inning.

The national rating for the game was 5.2, down from 6.5 in 2017.

Baseball America College Player of the Year Award

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Collegiate Baseball Newspaper

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Drew Stubbs

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Gerrit Cole

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Cole played for the baseball team at Orange Lutheran High School, and was selected by the New York Yankees in the first round of the 2008 MLB Draft. Cole opted not to sign and instead attended UCLA. After his college baseball career, the Pirates made Cole the first overall selection in the 2011 MLB draft. Cole made his MLB debut in 2013 and was named the National League (NL) Rookie of the Month in September 2013. He was named the NL Pitcher of the Month for April 2015, and an MLB All-Star in 2015. The Pirates traded Cole to the Astros in the 2017–18 offseason.

John Savage (baseball)

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Lefty-righty switch

In baseball, the left right switch is a maneuver by which a player that struggles against left- or right-handed players is replaced by a player who excels in the situation, usually only for the duration of the situation in question. For instance, a right-handed pitcher who is weak against left-handed hitting and is facing a left-handed hitter would be replaced with a pitcher, usually left-handed, who does a superior job of getting a left-handed hitter out. Similarly, a batter who has difficulty hitting against a left-handed pitcher will sometimes be pinch hit for by a batter who does well, even if the original player is superior in other respects.

Conventional baseball wisdom suggests that, when a pitcher and a hitter pitch or bat with the same hand, the pitcher typically has the advantage. This especially holds true for left-handed pitchers, as lefties are less common in a major-league lineup than righties. As a result, the most common use of the lefty-righty switch is when a right-handed pitcher is facing a left-handed batter. The manager of the defensive team will sometimes go to the bullpen, especially in close games where a reliever has already entered the game, and pull out a left-handed specialist to face the left-handed batter. The new pitcher will then attempt to get the batter out. Whether he succeeds or fails, the pitcher will often be replaced after the at-bat.

The lefty-righty switch can also be used against switch hitters who are noticeably poorer from one side of the plate than the other, or in the somewhat rarer instance of a batter who does poorly against opposite-handed pitchers. The basic principle in these cases remains the same.

It is less common, although still frequent, for a batter to be replaced to gain a handedness advantage over a pitcher. For instance, with a left-handed pitcher in and a left-handed batter due up, a right-handed bat may be called in from the bench. The righty may not be as strong an all-round player as the player he replaced (thus, his absence from the everyday lineup), but he is a superior tactical choice for the purpose of getting on base in one at bat with a favorable matchup. Such a batter can be pinch run for if he gets on, replaced with a better defensive player for the next half-inning, or simply left in for the duration of the game.

The two maneuvers sometimes occur in sequence. For instance, a manager may be faced with the situation of a right-handed reliever facing a strong left-handed bat late in a close game. In such a situation, the manager will often call for his left-handed specialist. However, if the opposing manager has an adequate right-handed bat on his bench, he may pinch hit for the left-handed batter, thus restoring his matchup advantage. The rules of baseball dictate that a pitcher must face at least one batter once he has entered a game, therefore the defensive manager will find himself in the unpleasant situation of having his left-handed specialist (who likely seldom sees right-handers in game action and may struggle badly against them) against a right-handed hitter. The defensive manager, however, may consider this an acceptable tradeoff versus facing the original left-handed batter with his right-handed pitcher.

Starting pitchers, and sometimes long relievers, will often face batters who hit from both sides of the plate as a matter of course. This is considered a part of their job, and the ability to retire batters from either side of the plate is an important asset for any starting pitcher. Most starters, especially those who rely on ball movement rather than power, are still stronger throwing against one side of the plate, however, the difference is often less pronounced than that for pitchers in the bullpen. Late in close games, when the starter is tiring and baserunners become more important, a starter may be lifted for a specialist, but a starting pitcher is very seldom replaced with a specialist without having first worked deep into a close ballgame.

Similarly, position players must accept facing both left-handed and right-handed pitching as part of their job. Managers will usually juggle batters who are exceptionally weak against one sort of pitcher so that they only face starting pitchers who offer favorable matchups, but it is impossible to shield a batter from every instance in which he will face a pitcher who has him at a disadvantage. As a result, a position player must be prepared at all times to face a lefty-righty switch in a situation where his team cannot afford to pinch hit for him.

This tactical maneuvering has led to the statistical oddity of a pitcher pitching in a game without throwing a single pitch. On June 29, 2018, the Cleveland Indians visited the Oakland Athletics. In the bottom of the seventh inning with two outs and two runners on base, the A's were leading 2-0 with left-handed hitters Dustin Fowler and Matt Joyce coming up. Indians manager Terry Francona replaced his right-handed starter Trevor Bauer with left-handed specialist Oliver Perez. The A's countered by pinch-hitting Mark Canha for Fowler, whom Perez intentionally walked by holding out four fingers to the home plate umpire (a newly implemented option for the 2018 season). But this loaded the bases for Chad Pinder, who pinch-hit for Joyce. Francona did not want Perez to face a righty and had no base to put the batter onto, so he removed Perez in favor of right-handed reliever Zach McAllister. Perez was therefore credited with zero innings pitched, one batter faced, one walk, and zero pitches thrown.

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National Pitcher of the Year Award

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Trevor

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UCLA Bruins baseball

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World Baseball Challenge

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