When the verbal jabs are being thrown, you know things are going pretty well in a budding relationship. Take, for example, Dave Roberts and new Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer. As spring training starts to wind down, and players and staff warm up to Bauer’s vlog camera, more personality is being expressed around Camelback Ranch.
And fans are getting an opportunity to see it first hand.
In his most recent YouTube video, Trevor Bauer shared an exchange between him and Roberts where Doc was in mid-season form. First, for those not in the know, the long-time American League hurler Bauer absolutely hates batting. He’s been vocal about his desire to see the universal DH implemented and has noted how bad he is as a hitter time and time again over his career.
Now, forced into batting as a National Leaguer in 2021, the right-hander grabbed a bat and helmet and asked his manager for a sort of seal of approval. “Doc,” Bauer asked Roberts, “how do I look with a bat in my hand? Hitter-ish?” Dave went for a backhanded compliment.
You know what the thing is, man, is you look like such an athlete on the mound, but right there with the helmet… I just don’t see it.
The 30-year-old owns 4 hits in 43 MLB at-bats and 2 hits in 32 at-bats over his minor league career. That’s a .080 batting average as a professional, .093 as a big leaguer.
Definitely not hitter-ish.
Still, it’s fun to see the playful banter from a manager with the club’s prized offseason acquisition. Check out the full interaction here.
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