Earlier this month, on a windy, sunny morning, Trevor Bauer emerged with a camera on the backfields at Camelback Ranch. He recorded Kenley Jansen, his regular catch partner, as they walked out together. Dodgers third base coach Dino Ebel made a cameo and waved for the lens. Then Bauer placed it on the ground for fielding drills.
The camera has been a regular companion for Bauer since he reported for his first camp as a Dodger. It was by his side during his first in-person, socially distanced scrum with reporters. He has used it to record short clips at his locker. Some footage appears on his YouTube channel. In one video, he criticized Major League Baseball for warning him about displaying his personal logo on his undershirt and belt during a start.
It’s just one detail that makes Bauer unique among his peers.
The Dodgers didn’t just sign the reigning National League Cy Young Award winner last month. They acquired a prolific content creator determined to build his brand, a headstrong pitcher at the forefront of baseball’s data revolution, and a player with a controversial personality who has thrown a baseball from the mound over the center-field wall in anger and drawn criticism for tweets.