Reds' Trevor Bauer Organizes 'Sandlot' Game in Arizona During MLB Hiatus

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistMarch 14, 2020

Cincinnati Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first inning during a baseball game, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
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With Major League Baseball on hiatus because of concerns about the coronavirus, Cincinnati Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer organized a "sandlot" game in Arizona

Bauer tweeted an invite to his fellow MLB players, as well as any minor leaguers, who want to be part of the event and said it will be live-streamed through his social media channels:

Trevor Bauer @BauerOutage

Confirmed, this is happening. All content and live streams from this event will be distributed through @Watch_Momentum and my personal channels (@Twitter, @instagram, @Facebook, and @YouTube) No further announcements will be made so follow now or risk missing it entirely. 💪🏻💪🏻 https://t.co/SLDldANomC

One added wrinkle to the game was that all players must wear microphones. The ability to hear players talk during games has been adopted by MLB during select spring training games broadcast on ESPN. 

ESPN @espn

"I'm doing some math in my head about where he is going to throw. ... Someone bang for me." —@ARizzo44 went there https://t.co/m4GOqb8NxL

Cut4 @Cut4

Here's a little friendly banter between @KrisBryant_23 & @ARizzo44 to brighten your Monday. https://t.co/3wGE0vpFh1

On Thursday, MLB announced the cancellation of its spring training schedule and delayed the start of the regular season by at least two weeks because of the coronavirus pandemic. 

MLB is allowing players to travel home after canceling spring training, but they also have the option of remaining at their team's spring training complex to continue training and working out if/when the regular season begins. 

Half of MLB's 30 teams hold spring training in Arizona, so there are no shortage of available options to play in the sandlot game if they choose to do so.