Trevor Bauer leveraged his passion for technology, pitch design and progressive training techniques into the 2020 National League Cy Young Award and a three-year, $102 million contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Yet due to several missteps in his aggressive use of social media, Bauer spent a significant amount of his Thursday introduction as a Dodger working on his spin rate.
Bauer, the 30-year-old right-hander who grew up just north of Dodger Stadium, is the latest gem in a star-studded Los Angeles rotation that will roll seven deep in defense of its 2020 World Series title. The Dodgers' pursuit was not met with universal applause among their fans, due in part to Bauer's occasionally toxic use of social media, which included extended harassment of a college student and citing debunked conspiracy theories.
So while there were plenty of smiles at a virtual press gathering taped under gorgeous February skies at Dodger Stadium, there was also a fair amount of word salad on the menu, with Bauer acknowledging past missteps while referring, non-specifically, to efforts made to better himself.