Trevor Bauer Says Rob Manfred Has “Absolutely No Clue About Baseball”

David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

Pitchers and catchers report today for the Philadelphia Phillies.

Baseball is back.

Spring is just around the corner.

And we’re kicking off the preseason just how we all imagined, with Trevor Bauer calling commissioner Rob Manfred a “joke” who doesn’t know anything about baseball:

Bauer is talking about the playoff format topic that dropped yesterday, a nice bit of misdirection from Major League Baseball to steal a bit of the spotlight and get some media attention.

The story is that MLB is considering changing the playoff system by allowing seven teams to qualify, plus this:

  • wild card games are now best-of-three series
  • seeding will be re-worked
  • the top-seeded team gets a first-round bye
  • the number two seed picks their opponent from the bottom three seeds (with a selection show)
  • higher seed hosts all three games of first round
  • five-game division series

Some of it seems cool to me, like the idea of making those wild card games a series instead. It’s brutal to watch a team play 162 and then get knocked out in a single postseason game.

The “pick your opponent” thing is ridiculous though. That is so far out of left field that baseball traditionalists will probably unanimously rail against it, like a 100% to 0 ratio, similar to how Philadelphia votes on election day.

The MLB Players Association has apparently been presented with these ideas, which are under review. I will say that I like to see MLB thinking outside of the box a little bit, even if some of the proposals seem like they’re far-fetched. Other leagues have shown a willingness to evolve and adapt and baseball could benefit from that same approach.

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7 Responses

    1. I am assuming you don’t pay much attention to baseball. Would a playoff expansion increase your interest at all? I feel like its a change that wouldn’t really generate more interest and it would only piss off people who are already interested.

  1. Gained new respect for Bauer. The only thing worse than soyboy writers is soyboy sports commissioners like Womanfred and Gollum from the NBA.

  2. Bauer has quickly become one of my favorite players in the league. Was the first player to call out the Astros for cheating and doesn’t hesitate to call out anyone else including this clueless commissioner who is going to send MLB even quicker down the death spiral. None of this stuff is “thinking outside the box”, it’s just dragging out a postseason nobody pays attention to anymore because it comes on too late, takes forever and nobody cares about because it’s NFL season. You want to shorten the game and keep people’s attention, then start by shortening the actual games! Make the game 7 innings long for now on. Starters only pitch 5-6 innings anymore to keep their arms fresh, then you can go right to the closer’s or the other set-up guy’s in the Pen if the Closer needs a day off. It cuts out all those middle relievers nobody wants to watch pitch anyway.

  3. As the Phils aren’t catching the Nats or the Braves anytime soon, expansion of the playoffs sounds good.

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