As soon as the Dodgers signed Trevor Bauer to line their already-exceptional rotation with extravagance, you could feel the trolls coming from across the baseball landscape.
But from within the walls of the MLB fraternity? We didn’t see that one coming.
Every stumble Bauer has will be magnified, due to both the size of his contract and the manner with which he comports himself. He knew that already, though, and didn’t care.
All things considered — and really, we mean all — we didn’t anticipate Mariners manager Scott Servais scalding him, unprompted, after this week’s spring training start.
Bauer’s antics this spring have been well-documented, from his ongoing refusal to answer for his many years of online instigating to his goofier choices, like keeping one eye closed during a spring outing.
Of all the possible sticking points, that perceived affront to the game is what stuck with Servais most.
I guess we’re fighting fire with fire these days, because the M’s manager appears to take other teams’ spring training games deadly seriously.
Dodgers righty Trevor Bauer getting roasted by the Mariners manager is a strange look.
Servais began his rant by taking umbrage with Bauer’s postgame comments that equated his struggles with “just trying to work some stuff out,” which read as common spring training speak to us.
Not Servais, though, who took the comments as an indictment on his offense — which we do understand. When Bauer fails, he’s just messing around. When Bauer succeeds, he’s trying. It’s certainly an excuse, valid or not.
Then, however, Servais moved on to the one-eyed references, showing plainly that he didn’t much care for Bauer’s attempt to craft his own superhero narrative by handicapping himself in an earlier tune-up. That’s what Bauer does. If he’s on your team? It’s awesome! He can do this whole “pitching” thing with one eye closed. But the opposing dugout’s going to file that away…
Of course, this contest against Seattle didn’t go particularly well for Bauer, either, so you could consider this postgame segment gloating, which would be…well, very Bauer! Guess we’re not so different, you and I.
Clearly, the Dodgers’ fourth ace has MLB up in arms with his decisions thus far this spring…and for the past several years.
Based on what we learned this week, Mets fans won’t be the only ones booing him this year.
The jeering could also be coming from inside the dugout.