By Agence France-Presse
Cleveland Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer offered a profuse apology for an on-field tantrum that saw him hurl two balls in frustration Sunday as he struggled in a 9-6 Major League Baseball loss at Kansas City.
The host Royals hammered Bauer for nine hits and eight runs — seven earned — in his 4 1/3 innings.
The frustrated player hurled one ball into the netting behind home plate and then fired one over the center field wall from behind the mound before Cleveland manager Terry Francona could get him out of the game.
Bauer acknowledged after the game that his actions were “childish” and “unprofessional”.
“There’s no place for it in the game,” Bauer said. “I’m happy it didn’t result in any physical injury for anybody else. I realize I put people in danger.”
Bauer, who pitched through illness in Toronto last week, said he was overcome by frustration — not with teammates he hastened to add, but with himself.
“Usually that fire drives me and today it completely consumed me,” he told reporters.
Francona said Bauer had also addressed the incident with teammates.
“We certainly discussed it as we should,” Francona said. “He talked with the team. … Today was a frustrating day. He did it out of frustration. I don’t want to say something I don’t mean out of frustration.”