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Sunday, March 07, 2021

Los Angeles Dodgers’ Trevor Bauer pitches shutout inning vs. San Diego Padres with one eye closed

Gotta breathe through your eyelids.

Trevor Bauer immersed himself into a budding rivalry between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres with one eye closed.

The Dodgers’ prized offseason acquisition navigated through his first inning against the Padres on Saturday afternoon by pitching mostly with his right eye closed, a training method he said he uses frequently as a means to make himself uncomfortable.

“I figured if they can’t score off me with one eye open, it’s gonna be difficult to score off me with two eyes open,” Bauer said after throwing three scoreless innings from the Dodgers’ facility. “Just having a little bit of fun.”

Bauer didn’t go into specifics for why he occasionally chooses to keep an eye closed, though Dodgers manager Dave Roberts mentioned that it had something to do with recalibrating his command.

“I think there might have been one curveball I think he did with both eyes closed,” Roberts said while holding his laughter. “I don’t know, but there is a method to his madness.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 07, 2021 at 11:59 AM | 37 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Yankee Clapper Posted: March 07, 2021 at 12:33 PM (#6007869)
Perhaps Bauer should pitch with a patch that he could shift between his right & left eyes, depending on whether he’s facing a right-handed or left-handed batter - just to give them something to think about.
   2. JJ1986 Posted: March 07, 2021 at 12:50 PM (#6007870)
I am quite happy that the Mets got Carlos Carrasco and Taijuan Walker instead.
   3. winnipegwhip Posted: March 07, 2021 at 01:11 PM (#6007873)
I don't see the big deal. Angel Hernendez and Laz Diaz have maintained jobs by doing this for years.
   4. Mayor Blomberg Posted: March 07, 2021 at 02:51 PM (#6007876)
So Trevor pitches with an eye closed, Greinke announces his pitches, and sportswriters gush.
Dock Ellis pitched a no-hitter on acid, that was something, but the sportswriters #######.
   5. Adam Starblind Posted: March 07, 2021 at 03:55 PM (#6007881)
I don't know about you guys, but I'm getting a little tired of hearing about Trevor Bauer.
   6. Walt Davis Posted: March 07, 2021 at 04:03 PM (#6007883)
I'm pretty sure nobody "officially" knew Dock was on acid until a few years later. And I've never heard/read anybody talk about it other than in humorous awe.
   7. tonywagner Posted: March 07, 2021 at 04:28 PM (#6007886)
Enter Sandman! “Pitch with one eye open, gripping the baseball tight”
   8. Itchy Row Posted: March 07, 2021 at 04:36 PM (#6007887)
Nuke LaLoosh sometimes breathed through only one eyelid when he pitched.
   9. Walt Davis Posted: March 07, 2021 at 05:14 PM (#6007891)
Trachsel took a power nap between each pitch.
   10. Jose Has Absurd Goosebump Arms Posted: March 07, 2021 at 06:42 PM (#6007895)
It’s not an original observation but boy does Bauer remind me of Schilling. Dude is really good at telling us just how wonderful he is.
   11. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: March 07, 2021 at 06:45 PM (#6007896)
He’s the kind of guy who would fart while he’s in the batter’s box, and then if the catcher told him to knock it off, he’d say “Yeah, I’m living rent-free in your head.”
   12. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: March 07, 2021 at 06:56 PM (#6007898)

Does he open the eye after he releases the pitch? A line drive up the middle to a guy with one eye closed could be dangerous.
   13. rr: cosmopolitan elite Posted: March 07, 2021 at 07:02 PM (#6007899)
--10

Schilling also seemed to care about baseball history and was very fan-friendly. I don't get those vibes from Bauer, but maybe there is stuff like that that I have missed.
   14. The Honorable Ardo Posted: March 07, 2021 at 07:22 PM (#6007901)
I wish there were more players like Bauer. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) is a gold mine, even if you disagree with some of his conclusions.
   15. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: March 07, 2021 at 08:20 PM (#6007904)
I wish there were more players like Bauer.


As a player, he's a hoot. As a human, not so much.
   16. Walt Davis Posted: March 07, 2021 at 11:58 PM (#6007916)
So more Trevor Bauers with less Trevor Bauer.
   17. Alan Didak Posted: March 08, 2021 at 03:03 AM (#6007920)
As a player, he's a hoot. As a human, not so much.

That's why I'm a fan. I care about the former, couldn't care less about the latter.
   18. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: March 08, 2021 at 12:11 PM (#6007934)

That's why I'm a fan. I care about the former, couldn't care less about the latter.


Yeah, I wouldn't did too deep into the humanity of the ballplayers you like, probably 75% of the time you'll be disappointed. Of course same goes for actors, singers, politicians, etc., etc.
   19. Obo Posted: March 08, 2021 at 01:04 PM (#6007942)
Yeah, I wouldn't did too deep into the humanity of the ballplayers you like, probably 75% of the time you'll be disappointed. Of course same goes for actors, singers, politicians, etc., etc.


...friends, significant others, family members, children, yourself...
   20. RoyalFlush Posted: March 08, 2021 at 02:34 PM (#6007949)
So, he points to make sure everyone notices, and then says "there’s definitely a reason behind it ... if I wanted to share, I definitely would have already."

Sounds like someone didn't get enough attention as a child, so he begs for it now.
   21. The Gary DiSarcina Fan Club (JAHV) Posted: March 08, 2021 at 02:58 PM (#6007951)
Trevor Bauer annoys me both on and off the field.
   22. dejarouehg Posted: March 08, 2021 at 05:11 PM (#6007960)
I don't like the self-promoting aspect of many modern day athletes. (Part of the reason I find the NBA and NFL such a turn-off.) Bauer's look-at-me one eye b.s. reminds me of when Cedric Ceballos did a full-court dunk "blind-folded."

As Inge very adroitly points out, pitching with one eye actually closed is fairly dangerous and I don't buy it one bit. He looked like his eye was slightly open.

This was just some TB self-aggrandizement. If he ever becomes the pitcher he thinks he can be, or is getting paid to be, then look out......he will truly be insufferable.

He is a bright guy and definitely has an innovative edge. Some of his videos are really interesting, especially if you are into pitching pedantry.

However, when he suggested that Barry Bonds would not be anywhere near the player in today's game that he was a mere 20 years ago, he lost me. This b.s. that spin rate is such a novel concept - physics wasn't just invented, notwithstanding his beliefs - and that the unending focus on it would completely thwart Bonds' hitting abilities is sophistry. Then again, Bonds is 56 years old, so he may be onto something.
   23. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: March 08, 2021 at 05:15 PM (#6007962)

However, when he suggested that Barry Bonds would not be anywhere near the player in today's game that he was a mere 20 years ago, he lost me.


Well, Barry's armor is banned now, right? I think he would likely end up with a broken elbow or hand in today's game. You've got 7 anonymous RPs throwing 98 MPH; why wouldn't you hit Bonds twice a game?
   24. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: March 08, 2021 at 06:51 PM (#6007966)

Well, I’d be a bit nervous about Bonds charging the mound....
   25. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: March 08, 2021 at 07:22 PM (#6007967)
Yeah, I wouldn't did too deep into the humanity of the ballplayers you like


Agree, but with Bauer and the issue of his reaction to the female fan was over the top. I don't mind his usual douchiness, but that was a bit far for me.
   26. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: March 08, 2021 at 07:38 PM (#6007968)
His eye isn’t the thing he needs to keep closed.
   27. base ball chick Posted: March 08, 2021 at 11:21 PM (#6007987)
bauer's stuff on youtube is mostly really good. his breaking point series is really excellent and so is his bauer bytes series where he talks to other major leaguers - the one with kenny lofton is just awesome. no other actual major leaguer does stuff like this. i would have LOVED to have seen stuff like this from the time i was a kid instead of all that wooden "professional" stuff. i wish other ballplayers did stuff like this NOW

he's working out/working with a female who is the first female to play NCAA baseball. he talks to her like she's any other ballplayer, has a video up of him going over pitch recognition with her (she's a catcher) and hitting but not hitting on her. haven't seen other major leaguers do anything like that

he's kind of spectrum-y. doesn't seem to get how what he says is heard by other people, sometimes. you can tell why the other kids didn't like him and told him to shut up when he was in school

but he's a massive baseball fan and VERY into baseball history

there are no saints. you gotta take the good with the bad

   28. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: March 09, 2021 at 07:45 AM (#6007992)
Bauer's look-at-me one eye b.s. reminds me of when Cedric Ceballos did a full-court dunk "blind-folded."


You were upset that a basketball player tried to get attention during a DUNK CONTEST!!??
   29. Rally Posted: March 09, 2021 at 09:01 AM (#6008001)
If Bauer was a jedi, he could throw strikes with both eyes closed.
   30. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: March 09, 2021 at 10:18 AM (#6008012)
If Bauer was a jedi, he could throw strikes with both eyes closed.
Never would have happened. Yoda would have been like, "The #### outta my hut must you get, mm?" after about 20 minutes with him.
   31. The Gary DiSarcina Fan Club (JAHV) Posted: March 09, 2021 at 12:12 PM (#6008021)
I heard Bauer injected himself with midichlorians to increase his spin rate.
   32. gef the talking mongoose, peppery hostile Posted: March 09, 2021 at 03:45 PM (#6008034)
If Bauer was a jedi, he could throw strikes with both eyes closed.


Also if he were Ichiro, if he wanted to.
   33. Walt Davis Posted: March 09, 2021 at 04:29 PM (#6008041)
So I watched Bauer Bytes with Kenny Lofton. I think bbc enjoyed it more than I did but it was perfectly fine with some interesting discussion. Other guests are pitching prospect Hunter Greene and Jo Adell. Lofton briefly looks like he's about to go off on analytics (Bauer's first topic pretty much) but then says he was the first guy in Cleveland to try to use video and while it's clear he's not thrilled about the new approach, he acknoledges it. His main point ends up being that when he trained, he concentrated on baseball skills specific to his style (first step, sprint/sit/sprint were his examples) whereas much of the training today is more athletic.

The "best" part I thought was in a discussion of picking up the pitcher's grip. Adell says something about how he doesn't think it's that important and that, sure, he picks it up at the release which is good enough. "Y'know, I don't try to pick it up back here" (hand near head) and Lofton is just adamant "oh no, you need to pick it up back there." Given Adell's 2020 performance, I think Kenny might be right.

Lofton [Edit} also doesn't think the Astros gained much advantage ("a little bit") saying he'd rather have location than pitch type. This leads to a fun discussion about pitchers telling the batter what's coming -- apparently Jose Rijo did it all the time. It also leads to him speculating that PEDs had a much bigger impact than what the Astros did.

And then Kenny gets on Bauer for being such a loudmouth on social media.

Anyway, it was a reasonably entertaining half-hour, a decent set of topics and the players seemed reasonably open talking about them.
   34. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: March 09, 2021 at 05:11 PM (#6008044)

Never would have happened. Yoda would have been like, "The #### outta my hut must you get, mm?" after about 20 minutes with him.

He's a Dodger...it's not Yoda who he'd be training with...
   35. Swoboda is freedom Posted: March 10, 2021 at 05:23 AM (#6008069)
He's a Dodger...it's not Yoda who he'd be training with../quote]
So Yoda-sorda. Dumber than 10 dogs is he.
   36. dejarouehg Posted: March 10, 2021 at 10:12 AM (#6008079)

You were upset that a basketball player tried to get attention during a DUNK CONTEST!!??


No, I actually found it entertaining......but not nearly as entertaining as those who believed he couldn't see through the blind-fold.

The point was, Bauer was not throwing one-eyed.
   37. Darren Posted: March 11, 2021 at 09:32 PM (#6008346)
If only he could learn to pitch with one mouth shut.

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