Trevor Bauer says that he has no problem with Gerrit Cole, contrary to some of the information that’s being written about them.
Bauer and Cole are set to square off against each other on Sunday when the Cleveland Indians and Houston Astros meet. The two were teammates at UCLA and had enormous success in college before going Nos. 1 and 3 overall in the 2011 MLB Draft. Now that they’re set to meet on Sunday, stories about their relationship are being published.
On Thursday, USA Today wrote a piece about them. The first sentence said the two “can’t stand each other.”
Bauer says that’s not the case.
“I have no problem with Gerrit,” Bauer said, as published by MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian. “We had a rocky relationship in college because he told me that I had no future in baseball, and he insulted my work ethic as a freshman. I don’t take kindly to those couple things, so we had our issues. And I have, I don’t know, those feelings have long since faded. Right now, it’s cool to see him having success. He’s done a lot of hard work. He’s changed his mechanics around. He’s changed his pitch repertoire and how he uses it and his attack plan and stuff like that, and he’s having a ton of success with it. And it’s good to see, because it’s good for him, it’s good for me, it’s good for the tapestry of our lives.”
Bauer went on to say that he hopes Cole continues to have success in MLB and that they trade Cy Young Awards.