Trevor Bauer made it clear that he disagrees with concerns his former manager, Terry Francona, expressed about how the pitcher could affect the Indians' clubhouse had he stayed in Cleveland.
After Bauer was sent to the Reds as part of a three-team deal Tuesday ahead of MLB's trade deadline, Francona admitted he was concerned about the effect Bauer could have on the team if he wasn't moved.
“I had concerns what it could do to our team and I voiced those concerns,” Francona said (via cleveland.com). "I would never, ever go tell these guys (in the front office) something, but they are good enough to always allow me my opinion, and you just try to do the best you can, and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little bit worried.”
Francona's comments come after Bauer threw a baseball over the center field fence Sunday before being removed from the team's 9-6 loss to the Royals. He defended Bauer's antics Monday and Tuesday, saying Bauer is just competitive and wants to win, but he seemingly changed his tone Wednesday.
Asked what he was worried about, Francona said: “Just with what had happened. I was concerned. That’s all. Nothing more. Don’t read more than there is.”
Bauer, who attended Wednesday's game dressed in shorts and a T-shirt as he watched his former team like a fan, was informed of Francona's comments, but simply dismissed it.
He’s crazy but I love it! Who else does this? Trevor Bauer at the Tribe game just being an ordinary fan. 🤣🤣 pic.twitter.com/0XWrRn6ZTV— GV Art + Apparel (@GVartwork) August 1, 2019
“Well, I’m not on the team. So, none of that really matters," Bauer said.
While Indians team president Chris Antonetti said Wednesday that Bauer's throw Sunday didn't change trade conversations, Bauer said he hopes that moment of frustration won't define his nearly seven-year career with Cleveland.
“I hope my legacy will be defined in the minds of the fans and the people I connected with here," Bauer said. "It’ll be different for every person, based on what they know about me and how well they know me or how little they know me. I think at the end of the day, I am myself, to a fault. There are good parts and bad parts and middle parts about everybody. So what I would like to be known as is someone who was true to himself and passionate about the game.
“I tried to help as many people as I could in my time here. Tried to move things forward and make people’s lives around me better, make the game better. Am I perfect? No. Far from it. But that’s the same case for everybody.”