Yokohama DeNA Baystars Trevor Bauer (32) unveiled the strikeout ceremony.
Japanese media Full Count said on the 1st, “Bauer, who is called the strongest foreign player in history, appealed to fans to join the strikeout ceremony.”
Bauer is a special ace who recorded 83 wins, 69 losses, and an average ERA of 3.79 in 222 major league games (1297⅔ innings). In 2020, he won the National League Cy Young Award while playing for Cincinnati, going 5-4 with a 1.73 earned run average in 11 games (73 innings).
ㅋㅋㅋ벳 However, Bauer, who signed a three-year, $102 million (approximately 136.8 billion won) deal with the Dodgers in February 2021, was sued for sexual assault in July of that year and was eventually suspended for 324 games by the Major League Secretariat in April of last year. Afterwards, the police authorities acquitted him of sexual assault charges, and in December of last year, the suspension was eased to 194 games, but the Dodgers released Bauer.
Bauer, who was effectively kicked out of the major leagues, entered the Nippon Professional Baseball by signing a contract with Yokohama. Because he is a pitcher with no doubt about his skills, Japanese fans are expecting Bauer’s performance, saying that he has become the strongest foreign pitcher in history.
Bauer, who was about to make his first appearance in the first team, said on the club’s official Twitter on the 1st, “Let’s do a ‘SWORD ceremony’ together at Yokohama Stadium!” The SWORD ceremony released by Bauer is a ceremony in which both hands are slashed from top to bottom as if cutting the opponent with a knife.
Bauer started on the 28th of last month against Chiba Lotte in the Eastern League (2nd team) and recorded 4 runs with 8 hits, 1 walk and 9 strikeouts in 7 innings. Although he gave up a lot of runs, he increased his pitch count to 93 and hit a top speed of 152 km/h. Bauer, who has completed his first-team preparations, is expected to make his first-team debut against Hiroshima on the 3rd.