Trevor Bauer
(Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

Trevor Bauer Does More Good For Baseball Than Many Think

Confidently speaking, people who bash Trevor Bauer and what he stands for are part of the old boomer baseball mentality. It’s actually really silly when you think about it. Bauer wants what best for the sport in so many ways way beyond what Rob Manfred envisions. If the Dodgers right-handed starting pitcher had his way, he’d bring baseball into the new century.

Most who follow baseball know of Trevor Bauer’s colorful personality. The man has no problem whatsoever speaking his mind and being public about what he believes. It is both a good and bad trait. Last year, he got into some hot water over a Twitter feud with a college student.

On the other hand, his openness could pay dividends. He wants what’s best for the league especially in terms of pitching. The other day, he expressed his opinions on Major League Baseball going out of their way of banning foreign substances and how they’re not doing it well whatsoever.

The league now has a strong punishment toward the action which includes a ten-game suspension without the availability to replace the suspended player on the roster, which is generally broad and doesn’t take into account many factors.

To be clear, the memo is fine long term, and it will serve to level the playing field. That is a good thing. But to implement it midseason when for 3 months you’ve promised players and teams that nothing about your chosen enforcement of the rules would change this year and actively encouraged players to continue playing how that have in the past, that’s a lie.” – Trevor Bauer

The new rules implemented by Major League Baseball are ridiculous and are set by people who’ve never taken the field. The umpire makes the judgment if the pitcher is using a foreign substance. Bauer demonstrated that an umpire essentially could throw a pitcher out for literally having rosin (which is approved) and sweat on the ball, adding stickiness and grip.

With all the complaining, Bauer does have a solution. He stated that teams put mud on baseballs before the game starts to improve grip. However, the mud wears off and the ball becomes slippery again. So Bauer has an idea in which balls are sprayed with an MLB-approved substance like rosin and a liquid.

Future Hall of Famer Mike Trout agrees with leveling the playing field. What does this mean? It means clarity on the topic and smart alterations on the new rules that for sure aren’t clear. Confusion with what’s right and what’s wrong is rampant amongst pitchers and teams. MLB enforced the rule too quickly without looking into it specifically.

If done smartly, the offense could actually benefit. If Bauer was in charge, I could see certain banned substances eliminated with some remaining like Bauer’s rosin and sweat mix. The offense has been at an all-time low, with strikeout rates through the roof. Leveling the playing field would serve best to compensate for it.

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