Trevor Bauer calls out MLB for what he perceives as hypocrisy

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Indians starter Trevor Bauer has never been one to shy away from voicing his opinion. On Twitter, he’s been a very vocal supporter of President Trump and often engages in political discussions with fans. He’s become a polarizing player as a result, which is not surprising.

Bauer said on Thursday, via Twitter, that he was part of a meeting in which Major League Baseball encouraged players to be vocal and become political leaders. Bauer said, “I find it disingenuous that [the Major League Baseball] commissioner’s office would encourage this when they’ve specifically tried to censor me for sharing my opinion on the matter.”

Responding to a fan who noticed he hadn’t tweeted much during the offseason, Bauer said, “Almost like I wasn’t allowed access to my Twitter account for a while,” adding some “thinking face” emojis.

Bauer often seems to have a bit of a persecution complex even though a majority of players (as well as ownership) have a conservative bent. This has been true for about as long as the sport has been around. For example, Robin Roberts said exactly that — as quoted in Marvin Miller’s book A Whole Different Ball Game — in 1965 when the Players Association was searching for a new executive director. MLB likely wasn’t censoring Bauer because it didn’t like his opinions. Rather, it was trying to protect its image.

[Update, 5:35 PM ET]: Changed headline to reflect that MLB, not Trevor Bauer, was encouraging players to be more politically active.

Tyler Glasnow scheduled to rejoin Rays’ rotation

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow is scheduled to rejoin the rotation at Cleveland after missing nearly 14 months because of Tommy John surgery.

The Rays’ Opening Day starter last year hasn’t pitched this season after undergoing the procedure on Aug. 4, 2021.

“I think we’re pretty confident he’ll be starting for us,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said before the game with Toronto. “This is the first time he’s thrown pain-free in quite some time, so he’s encouraged by it.”

The 6-foot-8 right-hander went 5-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 14 starts last year and is a key addition as the Rays near a wild-card spot.

“Compared to the past, like, three years it feels way better as far as postday and the week leading into starts and stuff,” Glasnow said. “It’s good to have an UCL, you know.”

Cash said Glasnow will throw around 45 pitches in his initial outing, which should allow him to go two or three innings.

“Two innings of Glasnow is still a huge plus for our team,” Cash said. “Like to get three innings. If we do, great. If we don’t, that’s fine, too.”

Glasnow allowed one run, one hit, four walks and had 14 strikeouts over seven innings in four starts with Triple-A Durham.

“I’m really excited,” Glasnow said. “I’m approaching it like normal, staying on routine. Feels normal.”

Glasnow signed a two-year, $30.35 million contract that will delay the start of his free agency by one year last month. He’s making $5.1 million this year and will get $5.35 million next season and $25 million in 2024, which is the first year he would have been eligible for free agency.