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Dodgers: Seattle Manager Throws a Shot at Trevor Bauer’s Comments

The Dodgers and the Mariners face off again in late April.



The Dodgers knew what they were getting in Trevor Bauer when they signed him this offseason: a fiery presence on the mound with an even louder personality. The hope is that he will be able to back up that talk with his performance on the field, but this doesn’t mean that he won’t rub some people the wrong way in the process.

This leads us to the comments made by Seattle’s manager, Scott Servais.

Before we get to the comments made by the Mariners skipper, a bit of context. After pitching 4 strong innings against Seattle on Monday night, Trevor Bauer gave up 3 home runs in the 5th to end his night. After the game, he chalked it up to “just throwing pitches” and simply trying to build his pitch count.

It seems that Scott Servais heard what the Cy Young award winner had to say and decided to give some thoughts of his own.

I just wanted everyone to know [that] our guys weren’t trying the first four innings. We decided to try in the fifth inning last night, and it worked out. Our guys started trying. I know he had said that he wasn’t [trying] in the fifth, but our guys were trying in the fifth. We just didn’t take it seriously the first 3-4 innings.

At this point, the interviewer sarcastically asked Servais if his players had both eyes open during their at-bats, another jab at Bauer over his decision to throw with one eye closed during an earlier outing. And clearly, Scott still had some punches that he wanted to throw.

No, our guys were hitting with one eye shut the first four innings and trying to breathe through our eyelids cause we’re focusing on different things that will help us throughout the year.

I have to be honest here… I absolutely love this response from Scott Servais. It’s petty, witty, and absolutely brilliant. Trevor Bauer talks a big game, and he’s been able to back it up for the past year or so. But this also means that people like Servais are going to be gunning for him every chance they get.

The good news for the Dodgers is that he has looked like the ace pitcher they paid for during lengthy stretches this spring. But when his attention span has dipped, teams have been able to take advantage. His 4.08 ERA this training camp does not represent how good he has looked when it’s all clicking, but the Dodgers might be holding their collective breath this year hoping that their investment pays off.

Bauer’s seemingly had two goals since winning the Cy Young award last season: Get paid like the best pitcher in the game and receive the recognition that comes with it. He accomplished the first part when the Dodgers handed him a $102 million contract for the next three seasons. Now he has to back it up on the mound.

NEXT: Analyst Predicts a Bad Year for Bauer… Here’s Why He Won’t

Written by Daniel Palma

Daniel is an avid sports fan who loves his hometown teams. If he's not watching baseball, you can find him playing or coaching. No matter what, he'll always root for the Boys in Blue!

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  1. Many who achieve a desired goal, which then awards them with a huge contract, often fail to have the same desire mentally. It doesn’t mean the ability isn’t there, but simply they believe themselves to be the same without the same needed effort. Reputation over actual.

    • Yeah, and having a million+ in the bank and more on the way regardless of your performance has got to have an effect on your ‘hunger”, imo.

  2. I like it. Good sarcasm. Nothing mean spirited. Just funny. Hey Scott, we’ll see you in the world series if you can get a ticket. Maybe Bauer can get some for you.

  3. I clicked on here rolling my eyes and thinking what the h*ll did he do now but got a good laugh on what the Seattle Mariner’s manager said. This is the best article I read here because it’s not so Dodgers biased or whining and crying about unfairness. Good job. The other writers suck tho.

  4. Koufax needs to take Bauer out to the back fields and kick his ass. Bauer is a PITA and will turn out to be a huge regret unless he learns to shut his hole and be a grown man…and Im a Dodger fan since birth in Los Angeles city in ’61…Dodger players have always had a cocky swagger but never did they gape their hole for the league to peg.

  5. I expect managers to be above douchiness. The Mariners manager needs to concentrate more on how he can get his team to win 75 games this year and less on engaging with Bauer.

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