But the bigger story was Bauer addressing the media after the game to talk about the hot topic of MLB confiscating a number of baseballs from his last time out on the mound vs the Oakland Athletics for “inspection.”
When the new league year began, MLB announced it’d be cracking down on pitchers’ use of foreign substances, which are widely believed to have exponentially increased spin rate over the last few seasons.
Against the A’s, it was reported by one of Oakland’s broadcasters that the umpires had taken one of Bauer’s balls in for inspection, so naturally, that garnered headlines.
Then a report from MLB insider Ken Rosenthal confirmed that and revealed more, which caused a whole lot of drama.
Bauer called out the league on social media. Manager Dave Roberts said the league was “singling out” his player given what everyone had known about the new policy (balls are supposedly taken from every game on a random basis and inspected as the league sees fit).
But when you’re Bauer, the coverage is perhaps a bit … different. And he’s not happy about that.
Dodgers starter Trevor Bauer attacked gossip bloggers in his postgame.
The right-hander addressed the issue on Tuesday night and repeatedly flamed “gossip bloggers” for seemingly having it out for him. Unfortunately, the two people who reported the story were indeed insiders, which is why it caught so much wind.
In the end, this is actually MLB’s fault. For some reason, it was obvious enough for the A’s broadcaster to find out that the umpires were taking Bauer’s used baseballs away for inspection, and then Rosenthal was able to get even more information from league sources, and he’s well-connected.
The problem here is the league allowing this to become a whole ordeal when it pertains to Bauer. If they’re doing this during every game, then why didn’t we hear about it until a week into the season … and during Bauer’s second start? Still, we’ve yet to hear about any other instance of this happening.
Then again, if we’re being honest, Bauer’s past behavior and commentary haven’t exactly put him in the most favorable of situations.
In case you weren’t aware, after saying this, Bauer increased the spin rate on his fastball in 2020 to lead all of MLB. So when an insider as respected as Rosenthal is able to find out that “multiple” baseballs from one of his recent starts were deemed “suspicious” and sent for further inspection, though Dodgers fans will support Bauer through and through, it’s hard to call this a bunch of gossip aimed at smearing Bauer’s reputation.
Regardless, the sooner this ends, the better. Every pitcher is likely guilty of using foreign substances and the last thing the Dodgers organization needs is a guy like Bauer constantly being in the headlines for the wrong reasons.