MLB News: Bauer Getting Players Together for Pickup Game

Trevor Bauer is trying to get MLB players in to play a pickup game in Arizona.

MLB may have put all games and Opening Day on hold, but that is not stopping players. In the wake of games been shut down for the foreseeable future, Trevor Bauer and a few big leaguers are trying to get together to start a “sandlot” game. 

The idea was encouraged by fellow pitcher David Carpenter, who suggested it to Bauer on Twitter. Bauer immediately picked up the idea and ran with it, garnering hundreds of comments in a matter of less than an hour. It is unclear though in MLB would actually allow these players to come together and play. 

The responses from MLB players poured in, as several players want to play badly. The Pirates’ Cole Tucker chimed in, simply saying “I want in”. Professional pitcher Tim Melville also threw his hat into the proverbial sandlot ring. There were plenty of other players quick to reinforce the idea, including Brandon Finnegan, Jordan Luplow, Quin Cotton, and plenty of minor leaguers. 

It’s unclear if contractually the league would allow anything like this. Players throughout the season show up at softball and baseball events, but you don’t see players in the games. There is likely language in player’s contract prohibiting this sort of activity, but we will have to wait on the league’s response. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.


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  1. The Dodgers have enough good players they can hold intersquad games to stay ready. No need to play with players from other teams. Play an intersquad game every other day. Pick your teams!
    Team A starting pitchers, Kershaw, Urias, Stripling, May
    Team B starting pitchers, Buehler, Price, Gonsolin, Wood
    Team A fielders Barnes, Rios, Lux, Taylor, Turner, Betts
    Betts,Beaty, Pollock
    Team B fielders Smith, Muncy, Kike, Seager Santana, Pollock
    Bellinger, Joc, Peters

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