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Thursday, September 24, 2020

Trevor Bauer Should Just Admit It

Trevor Bauer, Reds ace and heavy-brained edgelord, told reporters after another pristine start Wednesday night that he has done enough this season to deserve the National League Cy Young award. And unlike the time he mangled his hand by carelessly handling a drone, he’s not wrong. By the standard metrics, Bauer should be the frontrunner: he leads NL pitchers in ERA and strikeouts, and is third in innings, and has nine quality starts in 11 appearances. But there is another metric that says that Bauer, long a critic of dirty rotten cheaters, may now be a dirty rotten cheater. Bauer, in his ninth major league season, is suddenly the God of Spin.

Bauer’s sudden jump in spin rate was noted by Fangraphs at the end of last season, when he gained something like 400 rpm on his fastball in the month of September. Not gradually! For most of his career his four-seamer hovered below 2300 rpm, with a modest increase into the 2400s in early 2019. Then whammo, the calendar flipped to September and all at once that heater was topping 2700 rpm and headed for 2800. That’s not a minor increase, not in absolute terms and not when compared to his peers: Bauer’s fastball went from average spin to literally the highest spin rate in all of baseball.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 24, 2020 at 03:40 PM | 17 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Walt Davis Posted: September 24, 2020 at 07:13 PM (#5978591)
Didn't Verlander and other Astros' pitchers do the same thing? I'd imagine Bauer will admit it (whatever it is) right after they do.
   2. SoSH U at work Posted: September 24, 2020 at 07:30 PM (#5978597)

Didn't Verlander and other Astros' pitchers do the same thing? I'd imagine Bauer will admit it (whatever it is) right after they do.


And Bauer accused them of cheating when they did.
   3. Mayor Blomberg Posted: September 24, 2020 at 08:46 PM (#5978602)
Colorado School of Mines talk, Trevor and dad on spin rates. I posted this a while ago.Starts at 50:10
   4. ramifications of an exciting 57i66135 Posted: September 24, 2020 at 08:51 PM (#5978603)
Didn't Verlander and other Astros' pitchers do the same thing? I'd imagine Bauer will admit it (whatever it is) right after they do.
knowing what i know about trevor bauer, he'll 100% put up a vlog after he wins the cy young, and he'll break down the testing process he used for deciding which substances work best, then he'll talk about how he how he used them in games, with selected clips showing exactly what he was doing, as he cackles and calls opponents idiots for not noticing him doing it so brazenly out in the open.
   5. Gold Star - just Gold Star Posted: September 24, 2020 at 10:43 PM (#5978631)
Trevor Bauer Should Just Admit It
with selected clips showing exactly what he was doing
Camera got them images

Camera got them all

Nothing's shocking
   6. Walt Davis Posted: September 25, 2020 at 05:42 AM (#5978668)
#2 ... ahh. Fair enough then.
   7. Rally Posted: September 25, 2020 at 08:06 AM (#5978673)
I think I can understand the mental process here.

Astros pitchers cheat, improve their spin, strike out the world. Bauer notices, figures out exactly what they were doing, and tells the world how they did it.

Astros team gets caught cheating, suffer a lot of penalties, but no consequences for this particular type of cheating. No suspension, no investigations, no crackdown by the umpires.

So Bauer says what the hell, if MLB isn't going to do anything about it then I can strike out the world too.
   8. Hot Wheeling American Posted: September 25, 2020 at 09:07 AM (#5978675)
   9. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 25, 2020 at 09:20 AM (#5978676)

I think I can understand the mental process here.

Astros pitchers cheat, improve their spin, strike out the world. Bauer notices, figures out exactly what they were doing, and tells the world how they did it.

Astros team gets caught cheating, suffer a lot of penalties, but no consequences for this particular type of cheating. No suspension, no investigations, no crackdown by the umpires.

So Bauer says what the hell, if MLB isn't going to do anything about it then I can strike out the world too.


Isn't this what people theorize happened to Barry Bonds watching McGwire/Sosa's HR chase in '98?
   10. Rally Posted: September 25, 2020 at 10:35 AM (#5978695)
I don't recall Barry coming out publicly against Sosa and McGwire in 1998, but otherwise yeah.
   11. puck Posted: September 25, 2020 at 01:10 PM (#5978725)
Colorado School of Mines talk, Trevor and dad on spin rates. I posted this a while ago.Starts at 50:10


That was a very interesting clip. I suppose I should watch the rest of it.
   12. A triple short of the cycle Posted: September 25, 2020 at 03:43 PM (#5978774)
Nothing's shocking

Half the people I ever talked to about Ted Just Admit It assumed it was about Ted Kennedy. I would say, Um no, have you listened to the lyrics?
   13. Astroenteritis Posted: September 25, 2020 at 10:18 PM (#5978857)
Astros team gets caught cheating, suffer a lot of penalties, but no consequences for this particular type of cheating.


But still Manfred refuses to punish the Astros for creating Covid in an lab underneath Minute Maid Park.
   14. Howie Menckel Posted: September 25, 2020 at 11:23 PM (#5978877)
Isn't this what people theorize happened to Barry Bonds watching McGwire/Sosa's HR chase in '98?

that was in the PED book by the SF guys, yes

resented the cheaters having all the fun, so vowed to beat them at their own game

and he'd have gotten away with it, too - if not for the fact that the whole thing was a Scooby-Doo episode
   15. Gold Star - just Gold Star Posted: September 26, 2020 at 12:53 PM (#5978949)
Half the people I ever talked to about Ted Just Admit It assumed it was about Ted Kennedy. I would say, Um no, have you listened to the lyrics?
Why tf would Jane's Addiction write a song about Ted Kennedy?

Also, the spoken passage in it sure doesn't sound like a Kennedy:
“There’s gonna be people turning up in canyons, there are gonna be people being shot in Salt Lake City. Because the police there aren’t willing to accept, what I think they know. And they know I didn’t do these things.”
   16. A triple short of the cycle Posted: September 26, 2020 at 04:55 PM (#5979008)
@15 Yes GS that was my point. My friends assumed based on the title without listening. GREAT ALBUM, came out during my undergrad years at UConn. Saw Jane's at the Springfield (MA) Civic Center around 1990 or 1991, then on the first Lollapalooza tour, before I moved to CA.
   17. ReggieThomasLives Posted: September 26, 2020 at 06:21 PM (#5979021)
Baseball without cheating would be a cheat.

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