Trevor Bauer is going to be on HBO’s Real Sports on Tuesday night at 10pm. The trailer for the episode has the Cincinnati Reds starter talking about using pine tar within the game, and touches on how he initially accused the Houston Astros of using it several years ago.
But the description of the interview with Trevor Bauer sounds like that’s not really the focus of what they talked about. Instead it seems like the focus will be more on his approach to pitching and how he uses technology to try and get the most out of his game.
Cincinnati Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer is one of the most outspoken and unusual athletes in all of professional sports whose scientific approach to his craft, utilizing tools like radar technology and high speed cameras, has revolutionized the art of baseball.
Bauer, of course, has been on the front line of the whole pitch tracking phenomenon that has overtaken baseball analysis in the last half-decade. The Trackman system was offering a little bit more than the old Pitch F/X camera system was, and Bauer picked up his own Trackman system to try and figure out why things did, or didn’t work. It allowed him to work on things on his own to try and figure out how different grips did different things. Ultimately he would wind up joining up with Driveline Baseball to learn more.
Of course, Driveline Baseball has become quite involved with the Cincinnati Reds in the last few years, too. The organization has had more than a few players over the last handful of years work with their team just outside of Seattle. And then following last season the Reds hired two of Driveline Baseball’s biggest names. Driveline Baseball’s founder Kyle Boddy took over as the Director of Pitching Initiatives and Pitching Coordinator. Eric Jagers also joined the organization as the Assistant Pitching Coordinator in the farm system after spending 2019 as the Philadelphia Phillies pitching strategist. Prior to that he had worked in a variety of roles for Driveline Baseball.