Trevor Bauer's name has been tied up in trade rumors all season, but in his last outing, he went viral for all the wrong reasons.
The 28-year-old Cleveland Indians starting pitcher took the mound for a Sunday matinee contest against the Kansas City Royals looking to help the Tribe to their fifth consecutive win.
Instead, his day ended with a meltdown that will be remembered for years to come.
Bauer took the hill in the bottom of the fifth inning with Cleveland sporting a 5-3 lead. What ensued was a pitcher's worst nightmare. The frame included a ball lost in the sun that resulted in a ground rule double, a weakly hit infield single, and the umpire's strike zone apparently shrinking in size. The Royals took advantage and tallied four runs to jump out to a 7-5 advantage.
As Cleveland manager Terry Francona emerged from the dugout to make a pitching change, a steamed Bauer spun around and launched the ball from the mound clear over the centerfield fence:
Trevor Bauer spins and fires the ball over the center field wall from the mound before being pulled, immediately apologizes to Terry Francona pic.twitter.com/H3TTVTZ9gz
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Bauer appeared to immediately regret his decision, putting his arm on Francona's shoulder and apologizing. The non-plussed Francona, a baseball lifer, sternly directed Bauer back to the bench.
The throw hit off the batter's eye in centerfield, some 375 feet away from the pitching mound.
Bauer apologized for his actions after the game, calling the incident "unbecoming, childish and unprofessional." The Indians went on to fall to the Royals by a score of 9-6.