Why does Trevor Bauer have a bad reputation?
For a few Twitter fights! Are you kidding me?
The small group of keyboard warriors throughout #BaseballTwitter need to stop hating on Trevor Bauer because he is great for baseball. In fact, he is the reigning, defending, undisputed best player for the game that’s currently in the league.
(If you don’t watch his vlogs, you may not get this reference. I recommend you check them out here)
Through our site, I have made it known many times that I am a Trevor Bauer disciple. I love watching him pitch, and I will never miss a vlog that he creates.
Why? Because the pitcher is great for baseball, and more players should #BeLikeBauer.
Trevor Bauer: Growing the Game
Bauer grows the game through his social media. This is something that baseball needs more than any other sport in 2021.
Rob Manfred is constantly looking at ways to gain young viewership in baseball. We have tried to speed the game up through various measures, but the commissioner has not seemed to help the issue…
Do you know who has helped?
Through Bauer’s vlogs, baseball fans have grown. Casual fans have become more passionate, and young kids have started to watch the game. The pitcher has given fans an up-close and personal look at big-league life.
I am a baseball journalist, and I did not know half of the things Bauer exposes in his vlogs. He gives fans a depiction of life on the road, in warmups, and the moments that only pros experience in the clubhouse.
People that do not frequently watch baseball consume Bauer’s vlogs. If that is not the definition of growing the game, I do not know what is!
Trevor Bauer: Teaching the Next Generation
Have you ever wanted to know how to throw a gangster curveball from a big leaguer?
Have you ever wanted to watch a “Mickey Mouse” Cy Young winner break down a no-hitter?
You have this ability on Trevor Bauer’s YouTube channel. The pitcher gives a professional breakdown of big moments throughout the league, including every no-hitter.
Even though we are on pace for a million no-hitters in 2021, Bauer has carved out time to make videos for his viewers. The man cares about his fans, and that is commendable.
Trevor Bauer: Interacting with the Fans
Bauer has a bad reputation in some people’s minds because of his former actions on Twitter. You can say what you want about Bauer’s actions on Twitter, but he interacts with fans more than any other player in the league.
His takes are funny, harmless, and they get fans engaged. Everything that Trevor Bauer does draws attention, and it’s the reason why more players should #BeLikeBauer.
How do you grow baseball?
You get eyes on the game. There has not been a player as successful as Bauer in manufacturing fan engagement.
So for that Trevor, I have nothing to say but thank you!
Tanner Kern is a writer for Knup Sports and the Sports 2.0 Network. He is the host of Between the Lines, the official show of Baseball Spotlight, and the main contributor for the website. Connect with Tanner on IG @tannerkern and Twitter @tannerkern_.