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Pitcher throws tantrum, heaves ball over center field wall

The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio (TNS) • Jul 30, 2019 at 5:30 PM

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A crescendo of frustration and ball chucked to center field. Trevor Bauer's dissatisfaction with his results the last several weeks finally came to a point in Sunday's game.

At the conclusion of an outing that included a few weaker hits and a ball lost in the sun, manager Terry Francona walked to the mound to get the baseball from Bauer. Except Bauer, with his frustration boiling over with his own performance, launched the ball over the center field wall at Kauffman Stadium.

Francona certainly seemed frustrated with Bauer's antic as he took him out of the game. Bauer patted his chest to reaffirm his anger was with himself, not with Francona ending his day.

After the game, Bauer told reporters in Kansas City that he addressed the team and apologized with a lengthy statement.

"First and foremost, I owe a sincere apology to all of my teammates, my coaching staff, the organization and all of our fans for how I conducted myself today," Bauer told reporters in Kansas City. "It's unbecoming. It was childish, unprofessional. There's no place for it in the game. I'm happy it didn't result in any physical injury for anybody else. I realize I put people in danger.”

News and replays of Bauer heaving a ball over the center-field wall quickly made the rounds on Twitter and spread across the league. Some had fun with the odd incident, asking for the launch angle and exit velocity.

ESPN's Buster Only tweeted, "Lots and lots of industry speculation about how much this incident affects Bauer's trade value. Ugly."

The Athletic's Lindsey Adler added via her Twitter account, "Trevor Bauer's throw over the centerfield wall is generating a lot of amusement in the visitor's clubhouse at Fenway."

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