Perhaps Trevor Bauer has found the best way to ensure MLB players don’t cheat – tell them what he’s going to throw so there can be no sign stealing. It’s most likely not a trend the Cincinnati Reds pitcher truly expects to catch on, but he certainly makes spring training interesting.
Bauer Makes Sign Stealing Point
In a game against the LA Dodgers (one of the teams that was possibly a victim of the Houston Astros and their creative sign stealing schemes), Bauer made it clear to Matt Beaty when he stepped up to the plate what pitch was coming. If the palm-side was up, a curveball was coming; if it was down, a fastball was on its way. It didn’t help too much, as Beaty would ultimately be called out on a line drive to center field. But, Bauer still got his point across and, technically, didn’t do anything illegal.
The New York Yankees had started to build what was going to be a winning team. The Bronx Bombers brought in the big guns to ensure some extra wins, but those guns are starting to turn into duds. With about three weeks to go until Opening Day, Luis Severino, Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton are all out for various injuries, and the Yankees are having to scramble to fill in the gaps. It could be a very long season.
The Arizona Diamondbacks are wasting no time trimming the fat. The team has already sent seven players down to the minors after not being able to produce in spring training, and the team’s roster is down to 60. More players will ultimately be sent packing, as well, but Pitchers Jeremy Beasley, Josh Green, Mark Leiter Jr. and Matt Peacock, catcher Dominic Miroglio and infielders Drew Ellis and Geraldo Perdomo are already on their way out.
Carl Yastrzemski loves baseball. He doesn’t just enjoy the game, he lives it. The 80-year-old 18-time All-Star is a former Red Sox player and now lifelong fan, and has to have secured some type of record. He has attended 61 consecutive spring training’s for his favorite team, mixing it up with the club and helping the outfield fine-tune their skills. His love for the game hangs on the team’s facility in Fort Myers and reads, “I think about baseball when I wake up in the morning. I think about it all day, and I dream about it at night. The time I don’t think about it is when I’m playing.”
Yaz probably should have spent some more time impressing upon the players the importance of keeping themselves in the game until the very end. When the Red Sox faced off against the Detroit Tigers yesterday, they had a strong, 11-6 lead going into the bottom of the ninth. Only three outs separated them from their third spring training victory (they’ve lost five and tied twice in other contests), but players began chasing butterflies and not fly balls, allowing the Tigers to come back and tie the score.
The Dodgers have some good talent this year, but talent only goes so far if players can’t get over the jitters. Pitcher David Price admits that he ran into a bad case of the nerves recently as he made his first appearance with the team after being traded from the Red Sox, and he’s going to have to learn to control his emotions if he wants to continue as the club’s starter. He told reporters after the Dodgers lost to the Reds last night that his legs were shaking from nerves. This isn’t going to help him win any games.
The MLB is running a test to see whether or not fans would buy in on players being mic’d up during games. It’s an interesting concept that has succeeded in other leagues, like the NFL, and it could work for baseball to attract more fans. Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo of the Chicago Cubs wore microphones during the team’s game against the LA Angels, and MLB could be onto something. Both players provided some valuable comic relief, and this could be the start of something completely refreshing for the league – and for fans.