June 16, 2024

Trevor Bauer has been on fairly the curler coaster over the past three-plus years.

He parlayed a Cy Younger Award in 2020 right into a $102 million contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers previous to the next season.

Then, he was hit with graphic sexual assault allegations through which a lady mentioned the pitcher knocked her unconscious throughout a sexual encounter with out her consent.

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Trevor Bauer of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts after a strikeout in opposition to the Padres in San Diego on June 23, 2021. (Sean M. Haffey/Getty Pictures)

Bauer has been hit with different allegations however has cleared his identify in nearly all of them. Nonetheless, he was nonetheless hammered with a 324-game suspension for violating MLB’s Joint Home Violence, Sexual Assault and Youngster Abuse Coverage.

His suspension was decreased to 194 (representing the time he missed in 2021 whereas on administrative depart and the whole thing of the 2022 season), however he was nonetheless launched by the Dodgers earlier than the 2023 season started. Consequently, he performed professionally in Japan final 12 months.

Now, nearly all of Bauer’s authorized points are over and he’s prepared to return to Main League Baseball. He has not pitched within the majors since June 28, 2021.

Bauer informed Fox Information Digital in a sit-down that he by no means did something “criminally” however nonetheless needed to look within the mirror and work on himself after the allegations.

And that’s one thing he says all 30 MLB groups ought to have a look at and contemplate of their dialogue with the 32-year-old throughout free company.

“Anybody that’s prepared to take a seat down with me and pay attention: I’d prefer to play the second half of my profession in a greater manner than I performed the primary half,” Bauer informed Fox Information Digital. “I’d prefer to be an instance you could make errors, acknowledge them, modify after which be higher sooner or later. I feel that’s one thing us as people need to do and must be doing consistently.”

“So, yeah, anybody who’s prepared to pay attention: I need to make issues proper and do issues higher. Whether or not it’s MLB groups or media members or members of MLB, whoever. I’ve had lots of time to mirror on the final two and a half years. There’s lots of issues I wish to do higher, lots of severed and broken relationships I’d prefer to restore.”

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Trevor Bauer of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches in opposition to the San Diego Padres throughout the first inning on April 24, 2021, at Dodger Stadium. (Harry How/Getty Pictures)

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One among Bauer’s former teammates not too long ago advocated for the pitcher. Mookie Betts known as Bauer “an superior man” and mentioned his expertise with him “shouldn’t be something remotely near what everybody else’s expertise is.”

Bauer known as Betts’ feedback “a breath of contemporary air.”

“Clearly, it’s a tricky panorama for gamers to come back out, coaches to come back out and say issues publicly, and I get that. So, I’m tremendous appreciative that he mentioned these issues,” Bauer mentioned.

However the pitcher mentioned he’s gotten loads of comparable sentiments from others in personal.

“You may undergo my texts and pull up numerous examples of that,” Bauer mentioned. “It’s good when a few of the personal help is proven publicly.”

Trevor Bauer and Mookie Betts

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer and proper fielder Mookie Betts discuss throughout the sport in opposition to the San Francisco Giants on June 28, 2021, at Dodger Stadium. (Kiyoshi Mio/Icon Sportswire through Getty Pictures)

He was not too long ago an All-Star in Japan with a 2.76 ERA at their skilled stage, and he was elite within the majors simply earlier than his suspension.

In a mixed 28 begins within the COVID-shortened 2020 season and his abbreviated 2021 marketing campaign, his ERA was a minuscule 2.24, and he struck out 11.8 batters per 9 innings with a 0.92 WHIP.

That’s why Bauer expects to play within the majors this 12 months.

“I feel I’m top-of-the-line pitchers on the planet,” Bauer mentioned. “Going to Japan final 12 months, had a very good 12 months, set some new private highs in velocity. My common velocity was second-highest ever in my profession, peak velocity was the best ever. [I] developed a brand new pitch. I feel I’m top-of-the-line pitchers on the planet. I feel, talent-wise, I need to play within the MLB. Clearly, there’s outdoors circumstances, so hopefully I’ll get a second probability, however I positively anticipate to be taking part in.”

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Trevor Bauer says he expects to play within the majors this 12 months. (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Pictures/File)

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“I’ve quite a bit to convey a workforce on and off the sphere,” he added. “I’m very obsessed with serving to different gamers round me. However I feel it’s extra of, I need to be a constructive affect on the group, on the workforce, on the group, on the gamers. I’m going to carry out on the sphere. I’m in nice form. I’m higher now than I ever have been in my profession. I’ve little question that I’ll carry out effectively on the sphere.”

“However I need to be a constructive influence within the clubhouse. I need to be a constructive influence locally, and I’ll do these issues. I’m dedicated to taking part in the second half of my profession higher than I performed within the first, serving to develop the sport each from a ability perspective, on-the-field technical perspective and from a fan-engagement perspective. I’ve quite a bit to supply. I’m going to do the second half of my profession higher than I did the primary, and I’m simply searching for a chance to do this.”

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