So two days ago, Trevor Bauer put out a tweet inviting any current professional baseball players to take live ABs off him this offseason. It was a pretty cool move by Bauer, who also offered to pay for four weeks of Driveline training to the first 10 guys to take him up on the offer. It’s a great opportunity for minor league players to get their work in, and to prove they can hit big league pitching.
NEW OFFSEASON INITIATIVE: I will pay for a full @drivelinebases hitting assessment and 4 weeks of training for the first 10 current affiliate ball hitters or ex big leaguers with 6.9+ years of service who are willing to come take live at bats against me this off season. pic.twitter.com/tssLF7Qu9c
— Trevor Bauer (@BauerOutage) November 28, 2018
The Indians right-hander then called out Astros third baseman Alex Bregman, saying he’ll donate $4206.90 (sick joke dude) to charity for every home run Bregman hits.
BASEBALL FANS: I have proposed that @ABREG_1 come to @drivelinebases and face me in live ABs. I will donate $4,206.9 to his charity of choice for every homerun he hits off me. We would be micd up the whole time. Is that content you would be interested in seeing? @MLB @MLBNetwork
— Trevor Bauer (@BauerOutage) November 29, 2018
If this happens, the MLB MUST advertise the hell out of it. The league has done a laughably bad job of marketing its players, so it better jump at a chance like this. This is a perfect opportunity for the league to promote Bregman’s electric personality and make him an internationally recognizable name. Oh, and it would be an intense matchup.
Bauer and Bregman are two of the more outspoken players in the league, and they’re both creating content on their own. Bauer’s content is mostly baseball-driven, consisting of training videos and pitch overlays (see below). He’s also notoriously snarky on social media and is quick to call out anyone who disagrees with him on Twitter.
Playing Major League Baseball is really, really difficult … Near impossible, actually.
There's a good chance we'd strike out on 1 pitch if we faced @BauerOutage.
Watch this, and tag a friend who thinks baseball is easy. pic.twitter.com/YbpQLNnxrc
— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) November 26, 2018
Bregman, on the other hand, has his own YouTube channel and is creating videos that focus on his day-to-day life. He’s a big-time trash talker, but he’s the first to admit when he gets beat (see Eovaldi, Nathan, 102mph fastball). This guy loves having fun and plays the game the right way — with passion. He has a legitimate opportunity to become the face of baseball… if the league promotes him correctly.
I have my fingers crossed that this showdown happens. Not only will I watch it, but it will lead to the kind of content that could increase the popularity of the sport as a whole. That is something baseball desperately needs right now.
P.S. Trevor Bauer, if you’re reading this, can college hitters apply too?
Photo: Sporting News