The Los Angeles Dodgers star has been as good as ever over his two first starts of the season, but he's currently making the headlines for the wrong reasons, or at least; that's what they want us to think.
Apparently, the league took away multiple 'suspicious' balls from Bauer's start vs. the Oakland Athletic because they were sticky and had 'visible marks'. In fact, some of them were taken as early as the first inning.
Trevor Bauer Rants On Twitter Over MLB Investigation
Then again, Bauer wanted to kill the narrative that he was being targetted by Major League Baseball in any way. If anything, he called them out for venting out a process that should be confidential:
"Lol always fun reading desperate and misleading clickbait headlines from national gossip bloggers. To translate fake journalist speak for y’all, “It’s unclear whether” = “I can’t be bothered to look into this cuz it doesn’t fit my narrative.” wonder where the articles about," Bauer tweeted.
"balls from every other pitcher being taken out of play in literally every other game this season are? Also lol to @MLB who already has “sources” talking to gossip bloggers about a supposedly confidential process a week into the season thumbs up y’all keep killin it!" He added.
Bauer Questioned MLB's Latest Memo On Banned Substances
Trevor Bauer - arguably the most outspoken player in today's game - had already questioned MLB's ability to actually enforce this ban during a 25-minute video on his YouTube channel right before the start of the season:
(Transcript via The New York Post)
“It’s only illegal for pitchers to have ‘foreign substance’ on their person, their body or whatever. It’s not illegal for a catcher or his chest protector, as you’ve seen. It’s not illegal for a third baseman to have it on his glove or a center fielder to have it on his glove — so far as I know, maybe there’s a rule change or some language — as far as I know the rules of baseball, it is legal for those guys to have stuff on their glove.
“My question is, if I throw a pitch and it gets thrown out and then gets tested and has a foreign substance on it, how do they know it came from me and not from the catcher’s glove or the third baseman’s glove? Or on a foul ball, what if it happened to hit the handle of a bat where a hitter has pine tar or whatever other substance he wants, which is completely legal so long as it doesn’t [go] too far up the bat," Bauer said.
So, maybe we shouldn't read too much into it. If Bauer himself isn't worried or believes that the league is on to him because of his antics, then so be it. Hopefully, this situation will be settled rather sooner than later.