Bauer has had a longstanding beef with the Astros and he took to Twitter to gloat.
If only there was just a really quick way to increase spin rate. Like what if you could trade for a player knowing that you could bump his spin rate a couple hundred rpm overnight...imagine the steals you could get on the trade market! If only that existed...— Trevor Bauer (@BauerOutage) May 1, 2018
Several Astros were quick to get defensive, including pitchers Lance McCullers and Collin McHugh.
Jealousy isn’t a good look on you my man. You have great stuff and have worked hard for it, like the rest of us, no need for this. I will ask though because my spin rate and spin axis on my 4 seem is a$$. https://t.co/jvbLuWWqgN— Lance McCullers Jr. (@LMcCullers43) May 1, 2018
If only there was this thing where people who had been around baseball a long time taught people who hadn’t been around as long. Imagine the possiblity for improvement yr over yr! We could call it coaching! https://t.co/WI4X1TCbaW— Collin McHugh (@Collin_McHugh) May 1, 2018
Even Hinch addressed the media about Bauer's Twitter spat at the time, unknowingly providing a soundbite that would resurface nearly two years later.
We don’t know each other either yetttttt you speak on me as if you know me...------♂️ https://t.co/RCKwvfWiav— Trevor Bauer (@BauerOutage) January 13, 2020 January 14, 2020
As glorious as Bauer's outburst was, he's no saint himself. He caught headlines last summer when he hurled the ball into center field after being pulled from the game. He's never been shy or softspoken, but he certainly had the right to call the Astros out on Monday.