Bauer thinks Francona made the right decision

Bauer led by example on Thursday night

James Rapien
April 05, 2019 - 12:08 am
Apr 4, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Trevor Bauer (47) delivers in the third inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

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Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – Trevor Bauer was six outs away from a no-hitter on Thursday night. The 28-year-old didn’t allow a hit in seven innings of work in a 4-1 win over Toronto.

Manager Terry Francona made the decision to pull Bauer from the game. The Indians’ star had thrown 116 pitches, issuing six walks and finishing with eight strikeouts.

“I care too much about him and this organization to hurt somebody,” Francona said. “I would’ve loved to have seen it because I don’t doubt that he would’ve kept pitching and probably not given up a hit the way he was throwing. I just have an obligation to do the right thing, even when it’s not the funnest thing to do.”

This decision was a no-brainer. Of course seeing Bauer throw a no-hitter would’ve been fun. It would’ve also put him at risk. This team has a slim margin for error as it is. They can’t afford to roll the dice when it comes to one of their starters – especially Bauer.

“I knew it was probably time to come out,” Bauer said “Had I gone back out, I feel like I would’ve gotten it too, but it’s a long season and we’re in the second week of it – I’m fine with it.

“I just got myself in trouble – a lot of deep counts, a lot of free passes. It was the right decision.”

Bauer handled it well. Some pitchers would’ve thrown a temper tantrum. Others would’ve made passive aggressive remarks to the media afterwards. Bauer didn’t do that. He understood and respected the decision. That’s leading by example.

“I don’t really care about a no-hitter or not,” Bauer said. “I care about putting up zeros for the team and winning. I care about coming out to the ballpark – seeing the fans, seeing the people of Cleveland. I care about my teammates and trying to win a World Series.”

Bauer had some control issues, but he was rolling through a weak Blue Jays lineup. He could’ve gotten a no-hitter. It takes maturity to shrug it off and think about the team. It takes self-awareness to realize that it may not be smart to get to throw 130-140 pitches, especially at this point in the season – even for a no-hitter.

Bauer was two innings away from snapping Cleveland’s 38-year no-hit drought, which dates back to May 15, 1981 when Len Barker threw a perfect game against the Blue Jays.

The Indians’ starter is the first pitcher in MLB history to start the season with consecutive starts of at least five innings and allow just one hit. He’s pitching at an extremely high level to start the season.

Instead of pouting because he didn’t reach a personal goal, he shrugged it off and was happy his team came out on top.

“If I throw a no-hitter that’s great, if not, that’s great too – as long as we win the game.”