Will it work in Japanese professional baseball?
Right-handed pitcher Trevor Bauer (32), who won the 2020 Cy Young Award, will make his first start against the Hiroshima Carps on the 3rd. It is the first team appearance in 40 days after holding a press conference in Yokohama on March 24. Tickets to Yokohama Stadium, the home stadium of the Yokohama Baystars, were sold out on the day Bauer started.
Bauer, who trained at Yokohama Stadium on the 1st, said, “I am really looking forward to it.
Yokohama is on a steep rise. From Hiroshima on April 23rd to Chunichi Dragons on April 30th, he posted seven consecutive wins. They have won 8 of their last 9 matches. As of the 1st, it is recording 16 wins and 7 losses, and a winning rate of 609.6. 1st out of 6 Central League teams. They are three games ahead of second place Hanshin Tigers.
The 16 wins are said to be the most wins in April in Yokohama club history. If Bauer pitches well from his first appearance, his rise will be even stronger. Last year, Yokohama finished second behind the Yakult Swallows.
On April 28, Bauer played against Chiba Lotte Marines in the Eastern League (2nd team) and made a final check. He gave up 8 hits, struck out 9 and gave up 4 runs while pitching 7 innings. He threw a total of 93 balls, and his fastball reached a maximum speed of 153 km/h.
토토사이트 Until the game with Chiba Lotte, he threw on the 6th day after a 5-day break. This game is the first pitching schedule in 5 days after a 4-day break. Originally, it was likely to appear on May 4, but it is said that Bauer wanted to participate on the 3rd. It is the same schedule as the pitching routine of major league starting pitchers.
Daisuke Miura, coach of Yokohama, said, “I discussed with Bauer what was best. As an experienced pitcher, I entrusted the starting schedule. Everyone is looking forward to it, and I am also looking forward to it. From the bullpen, I threw a good ball with the first pitch and the first team. has not been decided,” he said.
Bauer pitched in 222 career games in the major leagues, recording an 83-69 record with a 3.79 ERA. In 2020, when each team was shortened to 60 games due to Corona 19, he played 11 games as a member of the Cincinnati Reds and recorded an ERA of 5 wins and 4 losses with an average of 1.73 (1st place) and 100 strikeouts (2nd place) and received the National League Cy Young Award.
In 2021, he signed a contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers for 3 years and 120 million dollars (approximately 154 billion won), but was released last January due to sexual and domestic violence. He was suspended and was unable to play last season.
Yokohama signed a contract with Bauer for a total of $4 million for one year, including incentives.