Newly acquired Cincinnati Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer’s day off

CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 13: Starting pitcher Trevor Bauer #47 of the Cleveland Indians reacts after giving up a home run to Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during the second inning at Progressive Field on June 13, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 13: Starting pitcher Trevor Bauer #47 of the Cleveland Indians reacts after giving up a home run to Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during the second inning at Progressive Field on June 13, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /
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What do MLB Pitchers – like Trevor Bauer – do when they have been traded – to the Cincinnati Reds – and don’t have to report to their new city the next day?

Former Indian Trevor Bauer was traded to the Cincinnati Reds in a three-team deal with the San Diego Padres during the madness that was the trade deadline.  Since the Reds played earlier in Wednesday against the Pirates, Bauer need not report to Cincinnati until Thursday.  So what do MLB players do after they have been traded?  Obviously, they act like a normal human being and go catch a baseball game, the only difference is he is used to being on the field.

So what did Trevor Bauer, one of the more analytical and rambunctious players in the league, do during an MLB game?  Well, I have a few ideas.

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1. Get a drink at the Watering Hole and Fly a Drone in the parking lot.

Having a drink before heading to a baseball game goes together like peanut butter and jelly.  Every stadium has some sort of go-to beverage place/special.  Since Bauer is usually doing long toss, bullpen, flat groundwork before a game it’s probably been years since he’s gotten to enjoy himself going into a baseball game.  Another off-field passion of Bauer involves his custom-made drone which he works on himself.  Since Bauer has the day off, he could fly his drone around Cleveland with no consequences.

2. Chart the Game / Keeping Score

Bauer is the type of guy who is always honing his craft and figuring out how to beat every single hitter in the league.  What better way than charting hitters and using Baseball Savant to track what hitters are doing.

3. Harass his former teammates from the stands

Bauer essentially has a hall pass to rail against his teammates one final time this evening.  Not that Bauer ever minces words anyways but he gets one final time to tell his teammates “They Suck”.

4. Take some Swings

For those not aware, Bauer has a career slash line of .069/.200/.069 which is all kinds of #NICE but is also “good” for a -4 wRC+.  Now that Bauer has the stick back in his hand, he is probably going to call Kyle Boddy, Jason Ochart, and the Driveline crew to get a crash course on how to be a data-driven hitter.

5. Outfield work

Dude has an absolute rocket.  The Cincinnati Reds are already using Michael Lorenzon in the OF, why not give Bauer the chance to hose a guy.

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So there you have it.  Those are the four keys to Trevor Bauer’s day off.  MLB players don’t get many of these but I’m sure that Bauer used it to his full advantage.