Trevor Bauer is a $35 million dollar American professional baseball player. Bauer is well recognized for winning the Cy Young Award in 2020 and leading the National League in ERA (Earned Run Average).
The Major League Baseball Draft
Bauer was taken third overall in the 2011 Major League Baseball draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Bauer made his major league debut with the Diamondbacks on June 28, 2012, and won his first major league game against the Los Angeles Dodgers just over a week later on July 8.
Bauer was dealt to the Cleveland Indians as part of a three-team deal later that year, on December 11th. With a 6-9 record and a 4+ ERA in his first two years with the Indians, he was nothing spectacular.
Bauer cut up and hurt his pinky finger while working on one of his drones in October of 2016, just days before he was set to start in a playoff game. Bauer’s cut required ten stitches to close, and his start in Game 2 of the 2016 American League Championship Series (ALCS) was moved to Game 3.
After the stitches in his pinky finger opened up in Game 3, Bauer only lasted one inning. Bauer went on to throw in two World Series games against the Chicago Cubs, both of which he lost.
In 2018, Bauer was named to his first All-Star Game. Bauer was struck by a José Abreu line drive a month later on August 11, and he suffered a stress fracture that forced him to sit for a month. Bauer did not play in the next season.
Bauer was traded by the Indians to the Cincinnati Reds as part of a three-team deal on July 31, 2019. Bauer’s most productive season came the following year, albeit during the 60-game 2020 season due to the COVID epidemic.
In 11 starts, Bauer went 5-4 with a 1.73 ERA. Bauer received 27 of the 30 first-place votes for the National League Cy Young Award, which is given annually to Major League Baseball’s top pitchers.
Ventures into business
Bauer is interested in marketing baseball in addition to pitching, particularly in response to what he regards as negative commentary from sports pundits during games.
In 2019, he founded Momentum Films, a video production firm dedicated to showcase the stories of professional baseball players as well as their off-field characteristics.
Bauer records YouTube video blogs on baseball and hosts a podcast called Bauer Bytes in addition to Momentum, which has a content partnership with FOX Sports.
Campaigns for good causes
Bauer initiated a charity drive dubbed “69 Days of Giving” after getting a greater pay than expected during an arbitration hearing in 2018, where he vowed to donate an exact amount of $420.69 USD to 68 charities chosen by his supporters. Bauer chose the final charity to receive a donation of $69,420.69 USD.
The campaign came to a close on June 5, 2018, with the final donation going to Max S. Hayes High School in Cleveland, Ohio. Bauer chose his donation amounts based on the meanings of the numbers 420 and 69, which are both commonly linked with cannabis culture.
He believed that using a sex and drug-related campaign would help sell the philanthropic contributions.
Social media and political beliefs
Bauer is a frequent Twitter user who has expressed many of his political views there. He considers himself a social liberal and a free market capitalist. Bauer has declared his personal support for Donald Trump, whom he believes “would shake up the system,” while not voting in the 2016 US presidential election.
He previously stated his support for Mitt Romney, a 2012 presidential candidate, and his criticism of former President Barack Obama.
Bauer accused Apple and Twitter of promoting a liberal media bias in February 2017, after which he went on to express a wide range of political beliefs, including climate change denial, doubts that Obama was born in the United States, and support for the Indians’ mascot Chief Wahoo, who has been criticized as a racial caricature.
Bauer claimed in 2018 that the Indians limited his Twitter access in order to stifle his political speech.
Bauer has also been chastised for indulging in online harassment of individuals who disagree with his beliefs, as NBC Sports correspondent Bill Baer described him as “very online.” Bauer responded to a female college student who called him her “least favorite person in all of sports” in January 2019 by tweeting at her for 12 hours and urged his fans to do the same.