Trevor Bauer, former Cy Young Award winner and major league’s ‘bad boy’, is finally about to debut on the Japanese stage. The 3rd inspection was completed in Group 2.
According to Japanese메이저사이트 media reports such as ‘Sankei Sports’ on the 29th, Bauer of the Yokohama DeNA Baystars pitched as a starting pitcher in the match against the Chiba Lotte 2nd Army on the 28th and recorded 4 runs with 8 hits, 9 strikeouts and 1 walk in 7 innings. This is Bauer’s third second-team appearance after entering Japan.
His highest fastball velocity was 152 km, and his average velocity marked the second half of 140 km. Bauer, who threw 53 pitches in 4 innings in his first appearance against the Seibu Lions 2nd Army on the 16th, recorded 77 pitches in 6 innings against the Rakuten Golden Eagles on the 22nd, and this time he increased the number of pitches to 93 pitches. He reached a near-normal starting pitcher’s pitch count.
The Japanese media reports, “If Bauer has no special problems, he will start in the match against the Hiroshima Toyo Carp in Yokohama on May 4. His NPB debut.”
After completing the mound on the 28th, Bauer reaffirmed his determination, saying in an interview with the local media, “His first-team mound preparations are complete.”
The official Japanese stage debut of ‘Bad Boy’ is right around the corner. Bauer, who was from the National League Cy Young Award in 2020, was not able to play a real game for more than a year and a half after allegations of sexual assault arose during the 2021 season. In April 2022, the MLB Secretariat issued a heavy punishment of suspension of 324 games, and as a result of an appeal, the suspension was reduced to 194 games in December 2022. However, the Los Angeles Dodgers, the original team, released him after contemplating Bauer’s unrepentant attitude, additional allegations of sexual violence that arose later, and the negative impact it would have on the clubhouse. He saw that he had to pay a guaranteed salary, but the risk of carrying him was greater.
Unable to find a new team in the US, Bauer ended up joining Yokohama. With the sense of actual combat being the key, attention is focused on whether he will be able to show the pitching worthy of a Cy Young Award winner through a long hiatus.