GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) – Cincinnati Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer says he has gotten positive response to his criticism of a plan being considered by Major League Baseball to expand the playoffs, one that includes an extended break for top seeds and some teams choosing who they will play.
Bauer directed his ire toward Commissioner Rob Manfred in a tweet last week: â€œYour proposal is absurd for too many reasons to type on twitter and proves you have absolutely no clue about baseball. Youâ€™re a joke.â€
Deep into a lengthy with ESPN aired Sunday about the Houston Astrosâ€™ sign-stealing scandal, Manfred was asked specifically about his reaction to Bauerâ€™s tweet that characterized the commissioner as a joke.
â€œWell, I think if you look back on the questions weâ€™ve already gone through, Iâ€™m pretty good about accepting peopleâ€™s views and criticisms,â€ Manfred told ESPN. â€œI donâ€™t have to agree with them, and Iâ€™ll say this about that particular comment. No matter how much, how completely I disagreed with what a player thought about something, thereâ€™s no way I would speak about a major league player like that.â€
After working out in Arizona, the All-Star pitcher said he hadnâ€™t heard the commissionerâ€™s response and didnâ€™t want to specifically respond to that. He said he had not spoken to the commissioner about the tweet or a lengthy video that Bauer also posted.
â€œGenerally when I say stuff, people take it one way or the other,” Bauer said Sunday about the general response to his criticism. â€œIt’s been mostly positive. I think when people speak and they come from a place of sincerity and like caring about the situation, you know, it’s easy for people to identify that, and to hear that in the genuine nature of it.”
Bauer was passionate with his thoughts in the video that was nearly seven minutes long and posted after the tweet. He said near the end of that video that he was open to speaking with the commissioner.
Comedian/actor and baseball fan Jerry Seinfeld sent a tweet Friday with Bauer’s video attached to it, and wrote, â€œTrevor Bauer to the rescue! Love this guy.â€
Under a plan being considered by MLB, the playoffs would be expanded to nearly half the 30 teams, growing from 10 to 14 with higher-seeded wild-card teams allowed to choose opponents. The top seeds in each league would get byes, creating extended layoffs between games.
Bauer has also had strong reactions to the Astros scandal, including some comments after Houston owner Jim Crane was widely criticized for an apology that rang hollow to many.
“I’m not going to let them forget the fact that they are hypocrites, they are cheaters,â€ Bauer told reporters Friday.
â€œThey mocked everything about everyone who said they were doing something under the table or illegal or whatever,â€ Bauer said, tossing a few expletives while adding, â€œNow youâ€™re lying about your apology.â€
Bauer took a bit of a different tone Sunday, saying it was â€œtime for everyone to just move onâ€ from that situation.
Asked how that could happen, he said, â€œIt starts by people like me that have had opinions stopping talking about it.â€
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