The Dodgers adding in Trevor Bauer was about more than just the on-field talent. Front office members and coaches have talked often about the information that they have been able to learn and ideas they bounced off of Bauer.
As a deeply analytic-focused guy, Bauer takes an unconventional route to how he approaches the game. But it also happens to be the direction that baseball is heading, with the Dodgers miles ahead of most teams.
Clayton Kershaw might be the guy that comes off the most opposed to analytics in the game, though he’s made concessions over the years. Originally very against the shift, he’s come around to realize how much it has helped to win ballgames.
In his postgame press conference on Friday, Kershaw talked about Bauer and his experiences with him so far. For the Dodgers southpaw, he was most impressed by the competitiveness that Bauer has brought.
I think one of the things that I’ve noticed is that he’s very competitive, which is good. Some guys that are analytically focused I think lose focus of that sometimes but at the end of the day, you have to get guys out. But he said that the other day to me, he’s just like at the end of the day, who can get guys out best. That’s good to see that he knows that and he believes it. He’s got that competitive fire.
The Dodgers already were set to come into the 2021 season with some firey competitors. Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler, Joe Kelly, and Brusdar Graterol could all be included in that list. But adding in Trevor Bauer might just make everything unfair.
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