Trevor Bauer (Yokohama DeNA Baystars), the winner of the 2020 National League’s Cy Young Award, was relegated to the second team after suffering 7 runs in two consecutive games. It really can’t be humiliation.
Local media, including Japan’s ‘Sponichi Annex’, reported on the 20th (Korean time) the news of Trevor Bauer’s appearance in the second group.
Bauer, who lost his place in the major leagues after being accused of sex crimes, succeeded in reducing the suspension from 324 games to 194 games prior to this season. However, the Los Angeles Dodgers, his original team, decided to cut ties with Bauer, and his position narrowed as other major league clubs did not extend their hands.
Bauer, who was hoping to continue his career, had few options. As a result, Bauer succeeded in signing a contract with Yokohama DeNA prior to this season. However, his life in Japan is not smooth either. Prior to the start of the regular season, he could not join the entry due to shoulder pain, and was demoted to the second team after two consecutive games of sluggishness.
Bauer recorded a quality start + (less than 3 earned runs in 7 innings) with 98 pitches, 7 hits (1 home run), 9 strikeouts, 1 walk and 1 run (1 earned run) in 7 innings against the Hiroshima Toyo Carp on the 3rd. I tasted the joy of reaping victory. But this was only temporary happiness.
Bauer collapsed with 7 runs (6 earned), including 11 hits, including 3 home runs, in 6 innings against the Yomiuri Giants on the 9th. And on the 16th, against Hiroshima, where they faced off again, they suffered the humiliation of an early rout with 8 hits (1 home run) and 7 runs (7 earned) in 2 innings.
According to Bauer’s comment, it was somewhat shocking to record 7 runs in 2 innings despite the season’s best condition against Hiroshima on the 16th. Even though his restraint was good enough to cover 157km, as the sluggishness continued, Japanese local media pointed out that Bauer had seen through ‘Kuse (habit)’.
In the end, Bauer, who suffered humiliation for two consecutive games, was sent down to the second team. According to Japan’s ‘Sponichi Annex’, manager Daisuke Miura said, “I will make adjustments in the second team. He will throw 90 to 100 pitches in 6 innings.” Bauer will have a face-to-face match with the Chiba Lotte Marines 2nd team on the 21st.안전놀이터
According to ‘Chunichi Sports’, coach Miura said, “There are many things” when asked about the ‘checkpoint’. The media explained, “It suggested modifications such as habit or quick motion when pitching.” The schedule for the 1st team is undecided. Chunichi Sports’ said, “If the start is smooth on the 21st, the first team appearance is expected to be against the Chunichi Dragons on the 26th or 27th.”
It remains to be seen whether Bauer will be able to gain competitiveness in the first team through appearances in the second team. However, for Bauer, who even had the Cy Young Award, being demoted to the 2nd team was a huge humiliation.