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Interesting Bauer Comments from Nick's Blog

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I didn't see these comments highlighted anywhere else. Catcher Miguel Montero made some comments yesterday about right-hander Trevor Bauer needing to learn how to pitch hitters. There was something about his tone that sounded almost critical of Bauer, rather than him talking about a pitcher going through the normal maturation process. Then this morning, manager Kirk Gibson mentioned how Bauer was late going through his pre-start warm-up routine, to the point that he had to rush things to be ready to deliver the first pitch on time. "First of all, he was late getting warmed up," Gibson said this morning. "I think he probably got to the pen about 1 p.m. So he was late with his routine. That was on him." Maybe people with the team are trying to dial down expectations on him – Gibson has always been sensitive to that kind of stuff, given that he was called "the next Mickey Mantle" – or they’re trying to show us that he’s not quite ready for the major leagues. Or maybe there’s more to it, like there’s some sort of resentment to the hype/attention that has accompanied Bauer and his unusual ways. Bauer seemed sort of baffled this afternoon when a couple reporters asked him about being a little behind schedule yesterday. "I don’t know if it affected my performance at all," he said. "Could have, could not have. But when it comes down to it, they didn’t really hit a ball hard. It was one of those days where the broken-bat hits fall and the ground ball, instead of being a double play to the second baseman, rolls through the hole." Anyway, maybe I’m reading too much into this, but it just seems like there already are people questioning the way Bauer does things, and he hasn’t even had a chance to see if they work or don’t work at the pro level. All we know so far is he’s thrown pretty well in his first big league camp, giving up four runs in 10 innings, with one walk and nine strikeouts. If he continues pitching well or if he struggles, it’ll be interesting either way.

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