“I wanted to enjoy it as a fan…”
Japan’s ‘Sponichi Annex’ reported on the 18th (Korean time) the story of Yokohama DeNA Baystars’ Trevor Bauer being kicked out of Kyocera Dome.메이저놀이터
Bauer, who held the National League Cy Young Award in his arms when he was a member of the Cincinnati Reds in 2020, turned his eyes to the Asian stage when faced with the reality that he could no longer play in the major leagues due to personal life issues. And prior to this season, he signed a contract with Yokohama DeNA for 3 million dollars (approximately 3.8 billion won) for a year and stepped on the Japanese professional baseball stage.
Bauer had a poor start to the season due to a shoulder discomfort. However, on May 3, he made his debut against the Hiroshima Toyo Carp, and in 7 innings, he got 7 hits (1 home run), 1 walk, 9 strikeouts and 1 run (1 earned), winning his first win and overshadowing his long hiatus. presented.
The pitching content and results of the first appearance were the best. But the next two appearances were nightmares. Bauer was sluggish with 11 hits (3 home runs) and 7 runs (6 earned runs) in 6 innings against the Yomiuri Giants on May 9, and against Hiroshima on the 16th, he gave up 8 hits (1 home run) and 7 runs in 2 innings ( 7 self-blame) and struggled. After two consecutive matches, Bauer was notified of the second group.
After a readjustment in the 2nd team, Bauer has definitely changed. Bauer showed improvement with a quality start (less than 3 earned runs in 6 innings) in 6 innings and 2 runs against the Chunichi Dragons in his first appearance back from the 2nd team, and then against the Seibu Lions and Orix Buffaloes, 8 innings and 2 runs respectively, 7 innings and 2 runs. He struggled with conceded points and ran an individual winning streak.
The most impressive pitch was on the 14th. Bauer started in an exchange match with the Nippon Ham Fighters and had 103 pitches in 9 innings, 3 hits (1 home run), 12 strikeouts, 1 walk, 1 run (1 earned run), 4 wins (2 losses) of the season, his first in Nippon Professional Baseball debut. It was decorated with a ‘complete win’. Considering the break after the exchange match and the fact that the first opponent in the league was the Hanshin Tigers, who are fighting for the lead, Bauer was canceled immediately after the complete victory and granted a ‘rest’.
What was the background that led to Bauer being kicked out of Kyocera Dome? According to Japanese media outlets, Bauer watched the match between his team Yokohama DeNA and the Orix Buffaloes at the Kyocera Dome on the 11th, not from the dugout but from the stands. Bauer visited the Kyocera Dome by purchasing a 4,000 yen (approximately 36,000 won) ticket located in the left field outfield.
But here a problem arose. Bauer’s face, which has been famous since his days in the major leagues, is well known to Japanese fans, so fans recognized him. Fans began to surround Bauer one by one, and he was unable to watch the game. Eventually, Bauer was kicked out of the Kyocera Dome stands by the team’s security guards. It was a delightful act worthy of the nickname ‘geek’.
According to ‘Sponichi Annex’, Bauer said, “I had to gather a lot of people because I stood out. I wanted to enjoy it,” he said, expressing his regret.
Meanwhile, Bauer has recently been embroiled in new sexual assault allegations. However, Yokohama DeNA is already aware of the process of joining the club, and it is clear that there is no problem with his contract. Bauer, who is currently canceled from the 1st team, is expected to return to the 1st team for the first 3 consecutive matches with Hanshin and sortie as a starter when the exchange game is over and the league starts.