Leaving Japan with a strong impact, Bauer is seeking to return to the Major League “Cy Young Award,” saying, “The fastball speed has increased by 1 mile.”
Right-hander Trevor Bauer, 32, who has made a strong impact in Nippon Professional Baseball this season, is pushing for a return to the major leagues. Bauer’s agent revealed on social media that he has been meeting with major league teams and that his fastball has increased in velocity by a mile, reaching 99.3 mph (about 160 kilometers).
The Yokohama BayStars have been the talk of the town since they announced the signing of Bauer. The 2020 Cy Young Award winner will make $4 million a year in Japan, which is a lot for a pitcher of Bauer’s caliber. He chose Nippon Professional Baseball because he was unable to play in the major leagues due to personal issues, including sexual assault.토토사이트
Bauer had a career record of 83-69 with a 3.79 ERA in the major leagues. In 2020, when the season was shortened due to COVID-19, he went 5-4 with a 1.73 ERA in 11 games for the Cincinnati Reds. He won the National League Cy Young Award that year. Two of his five wins were complete games.
He lived up to his reputation. In 19 starts, he went 10-4 with a 2.76 ERA. He struck out 130 batters in 130⅔ innings. Led Yokohama to a third-place finish in the Central League as a mainstay starter alongside left-handed “one-two punch” Atsuki Azuma and Shota Imanaga.
Bauer was injured while trying to make a diving catch at Hanshin Stadium on August 30. SportsNippon Headquarters Partnership
Dan will start the season with a six-man starting rotation. Normally, the starting pitcher would go out once a week, but Bauer refused. Bauer was applauded for his gutsy effort.
His performance against the Hiroshima Carp on August 3 was impressive. He threw 123 pitches into the 10th inning, giving up four hits and striking out five. The game ended in a 0-0 tie in the 12th inning, leaving him without a win. He threw more than 100 pitches in each game and threw two complete games. In June, he went 4-0 with a 2.08 ERA in four games and was named the monthly MVP. He went to the All-Star Game and mingled with players from other teams.
Bauer’s competitive nature also led him to call out his teammates for defensive errors during games. On August 30, he was injured while trying to make a diving catch against the Hanshin Tigers. The injury ended his season prematurely. He was set to play in the first stage of the Climax Series against Hiroshima, but it was canceled. He didn’t get a chance to pitch as Yokohama dropped both Games 1 and 2.
After signing a one-year contract with Yokohama, Bauer became a free agent. He is expected to return to Nippon Professional Baseball if he does not find a major league team. Although his personal life was legally resolved, the atmosphere in Major League Baseball was not favorable.
If he does choose to return to Japan, it will likely be with the deep-pocketed SoftBank Hawks. The Hawks signed former Major League Baseball save king Roberto Osuna last winter for an annual salary of 650 million yen.