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Trevor Bauer rips MLB, Rob Manfred for what’s wrong with baseball

Trevor Bauer voiced his displeasure toward MLB commissioner Rob Manfred regarding the reported changes to the league’s postseason with a scathing tweet on Monday. For good measure, the Cincinnati Reds right-hander sat down for a nearly seven-minute long rant on the state of the league.

Set off by the possibility of an altered playoff system that would involve more wild card teams, an extra round and a selection show, Bauer used the angst to shift the conversation to MLB’s lack of media proclivity, which he feels is at the root of hindering the growth of the game. 

Indeed, MLB has a stringent social media policy when it comes to sharing highlights. Bauer made the point that while Steph Curry’s 3-pointers flood timelines, Mike Trout’s home-run-stealing catch takes a while to reach the same social media platforms. 

“You make some money upfront and you miss a generation of fans,” he said in the video produced by his media company, Momentum. “The game is losing popularity, especially amongst young people.” 

Bauer pointed out the league’s centralized media company in MLB Advance Media, which controls the vast majority of league’s multimedia content, and the abundance of blackouts in local markets through MLB.TV. 

“As the commissioner, figure it out man … how are we supposed to get them interested in the game when they can’t even see the damn game?” Bauer said. “And on top of that, they cant even go to Twitter, where all the young people hang out.” 

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