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Bauer praises TA as example of 'the future of an MLB star'

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Trevor Bauer is at it again.

The free-agent pitcher many White Sox fans are hoping winds up on the South Side once again had some kind words for one of the team's current stars, shortstop Tim Anderson.

Talking about the White Sox in a video on his YouTube channel, Bauer brought up Anderson and how the White Sox shortstop is a model for the modern baseball star.

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"The game is going in a direction that’s a lot more personality, that’s a lot more analytics, that’s a lot more passion, that’s a lot more branding and media and stuff like that. That’s the direction the game is going," Bauer said. "And Tim Anderson, who plays for the White Sox, has been one of the main people helping drive that forward.

"He’s got his bat flips, he’s got his merchandise, he’s got the videos that he makes. He does a very good job of branding himself, and he plays a very high caliber of baseball while doing so.

"Tim is one of the examples of the future of an MLB star, someone who can take into account branding and media and interaction with fans, while still playing at an All-Star level on the field."

It's not the first time, of course, that Bauer has had good things to say about Anderson.


After Anderson's "bat flip heard 'round the world" in 2019, Bauer took to Twitter requesting that Anderson wouldn't flip when facing him. Anderson responded by pointing out his lack of success against Bauer in their careers.

But this past summer, when Anderson finally homered off Bauer, he didn't launch his bat. Bauer joked to reporters that night: "Tell TA he's soft for not bat-flipping it."

Anderson had his own bit of playful trash talk, saying, "I told him to put that on his YouTube channel." And Bauer did.

All that had White Sox fans seeing a budding bromance and dreaming about Bauer joining forces with Anderson on the South Side.

And with the White Sox on the hunt for starting pitching this winter, a union of the two big talents with big personalities is well within the realm of possibility.

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