Reporter Kwon Hyeok-joon = Will it become a reality for a major league top pitcher who won the Cy Young Award just two years ago to play as a ‘foreign player’ on the Asian team? Trevor Bauer (32), who was notified of a breakup with the Los Angeles Dodgers, is likely to have a break in his major league career.
Bauer was designated for assignment (DFA) by the Dodgers on the 7th (hereinafter Korean time) and was placed on standby for release.
Bauer was accused of assaulting a woman with whom he had sex in late June 2021. Accordingly, the MLB Secretariat issued an administrative leave of absence on July 3 of the same year. Although the prosecution did not prosecute due to insufficient evidence, two additional women claiming to have been similarly assaulted by Bauer appeared, and eventually the MLB Secretariat issued a 324-game suspension, the largest ever.
Afterwards, the MLB Secretariat decided to reduce the suspension period from 324 games to 194 games according to the recommendation of an independent arbitrator on the 23rd of last month.
As a result, he was able to play this season, but the Dodgers eventually decided not to accompany Bauer. The Dodgers said, “After careful consideration, we have decided that Bauer will no longer be a member of our team.”
Teams that want Bauer can sign him for the minimum annual salary of 720,000 dollars (about 900 million won), but it is questionable whether there will be any team that will embrace him, who suffered from teamwork and had many personal life problems with his ‘geek’ personality throughout his playing career.
The outlook of the local media is also negative. The Washington Post of the United States said, “Bauer did not admit the fact of the offense and sued the victim and witnesses. He is the only player in the major leagues who did not admit disciplinary action in response to the domestic violence code.” A phone call came out,” he pointed out.
At the same time, he predicted the possibility of Bauer signing in Asian leagues such as Korea or Japan rather than returning to the big leagues. 스포츠토토
The media said, “In the major leagues in the past, there have been cases where players who were disciplined for violence and sexual assault have returned, but it is not easy for Bauer.” will,” he foresaw.
There are examples similar to Bauer’s. Previously, Roberto Osuna (28) made his debut in 2015 and established himself as a finishing pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays and Houston Astros until 2020, and is the pitcher who earned 155 saves, including setting the record for the youngest 100 saves (23 years, 2 months, 3 days). .
However, his image was greatly damaged due to the assault on his girlfriend in 2018, and he was released from the team in 2020 after an injury. Osuna played two seasons in the Mexican League and tried to return to the big leagues, but it was not easy and eventually signed a contract with the Chiba Lotte Marines of Japan Professional Baseball in 2022. He continues his playing career by signing with the Softbank Hawks for the new season.
Will Bauer step on a similar train as Osuna? However, if you knock on the door of the Asian league, the KBO league is not easy in reality. This is because the foreign ownership limit is set, and all teams except NC Dinos have completed the composition of foreigners. On the other hand, it is possible to sign a contract with Nippon Professional Baseball, which has unlimited foreign players and limits only to first-team registration.