“I’m not going to let them forget the fact that they are hypocrites, they are cheaters, they’ve stolen from a lot of other people and the game itself,” Bauer told reporters at Reds spring training camp in Goodyear, Arizona.
Bauer’s impassioned response was part of a more than eight-minute monologue to a question asking why he felt it was important to speak out.
The fallout from the Astros’ scheme, in which they used live video to capture catchers’ signs and signaled upcoming pitches to batters by banging on a trash can in real time en route to a 2017 World Series title, was a key topic as training camps opened this week. Seemingly everyone has been asked for an opinion on the severity of the actions and how Houston has handled the self-made crisis.
Bauer was among those to take a less-diplomatic approach.
“What did you expect from them?” he said. “The entire time they had been super dismissive, and it’s very obvious that they don’t think it affected the game. They feel like they were in the right.”
Bauer has previously addressed his…