Leave it to Trevor Bauer to find a fun way to pass the time while the MLB season is delayed. The Cincinnati Reds pitcher is organizing a sandlot game.
It appears as though Cincinnati Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer is organizing a pickup game during the current delay to the regular season. Bauer put out an all-call to any major league or minor league player in the Phoenix area, looking for for takers to play a sandlot game while the 2020 Major League Baseball season is on hold.
To be fair, this was David Carpenter‘s idea. However, once Trevor Bauer got the invite, he took the idea and ran with it. Carpenter, a non-roster invitee to Reds spring training threw out the idea on Twitter of playing a sandlot-style pickup game since Major League Baseball has hit the pause button the start of the 2020 season.
Bauer responded to Carpenter’s tweet, saying he was 100000000000000% in. That’s a lot of zeros, and Bauer wasn’t fooling around. Bauer’s former Cleveland Indians teammate Mike Clevinger chimed in with a hilarious GIF and that was all the fuel Bauer needed to make this thing go.
However, in classic Trevor Bauer form, the Reds right-hander has a stipulation for all those wanting to participate. Bauer wants all the players mic’d up, saying that it’ll be mandatory in order to play. He also said he’s open to other rule suggestions.
Trevor Bauer has been critical of Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred throughout the offseason, claiming that MLB needed to do more market players. Bauer seems to be taking matters into his own hands and players throughout the baseball community seem to be amiable to the pitchers sandlot game.
Reds prospect Quin Cotton and left-handed pitcher Brandon Finnegan said they’d be game to join Bauer on the field. Colorado Rockies pitcher Tim Melville wants in on the action as does San Diego Padres outfielder Tommy Pham.
We’ll have to wait and see as to whether or not Bauer’s plan actually takes off. Regardless, the idea seems like a lot of fun, and if Bauer can find a way for his media company, Momentum, to film the game, maybe fans will get to see some baseball played in the coming days after all.