Trevor Bauer hosted the best baseball game of the season for charity

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Coronavirus can try to stop sports, but the players will prevail.

On Saturday, Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer took advantage of the break in the season to host a backyard game of wiffle ball with some fellow major and minor leaguers.

Bauer streamed the game live through his company, Momentum, and linked a GoFundMe for MLB Game Day Staff Coronavirus Relief. It raised almost $22,000 in under 24 hours.

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"It’s really about raising as much as possible for the people affected," Bauer said.

Players included Reds second baseman Derek Dietrich, Padres outfielder Tommy Pham, Angels pitcher Kenyan Middleton, and Indians pitcher Mike Clevinger. All the players wore microphones so their commentary could be part of the broadcast.

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Bauer has committed to showing off the personalities of baseball players, something he thinks MLB does poorly. He has held seminars to help players learn about Twitter and other social media platforms, and how to use them to their advantage. This pickup game was part of his ongoing plan, but ultimately it was for baseball fans and raising awareness for stadium workers.

“The game was really to get a large platform of people watching," Bauer said. "One, to connect with fans and give them some baseball. But two, hopefully spread the message and the word about the people that put on games. Playing in front of a stadium with no one in attendance is odd for everybody and we wanted to draw attention to the fact that the people who put on games are very important and struggling right now.”

Based on the money raised, Bauer's plan was successful. The players also seemed to have a great time being mic'd up and showcasing the game.

The game had plenty of dingers:

Derek Dietrich vowed to hit a homer, and came through on his promise.

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Some beautiful pitches:

A few easy outs, which is to be expected when the players don't get a full spring training. Nice snag by Keynan Middleton out of nowhere.

Art Warren, a pitcher in the Mariners organization, won MVP for the game. His prize? A brand new bottle of hand sanitizer.

And so many Astros jokes.

Baseball probably won't be back for a few months, so hopefully we see more fun games like this — provided the players are practicing social distancing, of course.

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