If baseball followers on the market are feeling only a contact extra exuberant, or trying within the mirror and considering they’re having an excellent day — or perhaps 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 by way of catapult onto a rubbish ship would have appeared applicable) It appears Bauer couldn’t discover any employment alternatives on these shores. Or a minimum of 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 accordance with the present trade fee — which is clearly far an excessive amount of however ought to hold 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 hold to himself. He’ll additionally probably 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 staff will discuss itself into giving him a deal by some rationalization involving time passing, his abilities, no matter faux contrition he’s in a position to cobble collectively (perhaps), and a few farcical babbling about his dedication in going abroad for a 12 months.
It’s actually surprising that no MLB staff did so this offseason, and is a few measure of simply how poisonous Bauer has come to be. That is nonetheless an All-Star degree pitcher that principally may have been had for as near free as doable, 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 nearly definitely wasn’t the misconduct Bauer was accused of (he was by no means charged and denies partaking 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 nowadays. However it appears that evidently the truth that so a lot 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, have 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 whenever you merely must say, “Not my circus, not my monkeys.” We will lastly try this with Bauer. Can’t wait to search out out who he decides to sue over there.