If baseball followers on the market are feeling only a contact extra exuberant, or trying within the mirror and considering they’re having a very good day — or possibly had the motivation so as to add only one extra rep or set to their exercise this morning — there’s a cause for it. We, as a society, have efficiently punted Trevor Bauer out of our country!
Whereas not being an precise deportation (and solely a deportation through catapult onto a rubbish ship would have appeared acceptable) It appears Bauer couldn’t discover any employment alternatives on these shores. Or at the least none to his liking, so he’ll be signing in Japan with the Yokohama DeNA BayStars of the Japanese Central League. He’ll earn 4 million yen — roughly $3 million USD, in response to the present change price — which is clearly far an excessive amount of however ought to preserve him fairly deep in reside toads and grubs to eat.
Bauer’s ideas on Japanese tradition should be an actual deal with, as we all know there isn’t ever a thought he can preserve to himself. He’ll additionally seemingly put up gonzo numbers there, which might be his hope. Ideally for Bauer, he’ll put up stats so eye-catching that, come subsequent winter, some MLB crew will discuss itself into giving him a deal by way of some rationalization involving time passing, his skills, no matter pretend contrition he’s capable of cobble collectively (possibly), and a few farcical babbling about his dedication in going abroad for a yr.
It’s actually stunning that no MLB crew did so this offseason, and is a few measure of simply how poisonous Bauer has come to be. That is nonetheless an All-Star stage pitcher that principally might have been had for as near free as attainable, with what the Dodgers are on the hook to pay him and the sheer nuclear waste of a persona and behavioral traits that Bauer comes with. It virtually definitely wasn’t the misconduct Bauer was accused of (he was by no means charged and denies participating in misconduct) that soured MLB groups on him, as a result of there are plenty of players suspended for allegations of domestic violence on main league rosters lately. However evidently the truth that so lots of Bauer’s former teammates have come to revile him, in addition to this bizarre statement he issued that seems to be deceptive at finest, had been sufficient to persuade 30 MLB groups that the difficulty definitely wasn’t price it.
It’s not the California Penal League, and Japanese baseball and its followers definitely don’t deserve what’s about to be inflicted upon them. However there are occasions if you merely should say, “Not my circus, not my monkeys.” We will lastly do this with Bauer. Can’t wait to seek out out who he decides to sue over there.