32-year-old eccentric pitcher KKKKKK starts conquering Japan → shoots spikes ‘Fan Reverse Tribute Event’￼
We will announce the winner after May 1st.”
Trevor Bauer (32, Yokohama DeNA Baystars) set out to conquer Japan in earnest. It was said that it was possible to advance to Japanese professional baseball when he was a free agent in the past, but after twists and turns, he actually continued his career in Japan. On the 16th, he started in the 2nd team home game against the Seibu Lions held at Yokosuka Stadium in Yokosuka, Japan, and gave up no runs with 4 hits and 6 strikeouts in 4 innings.
It was the first time in a year and 10 months since the San Francisco Giants game on June 29, 2021, when he was with the LA Dodgers. He was suspended for 194 games after the assault on a woman, and the Dodgers released Bauer last January with the expiration of his contract. And in mid-March, he signed a surprise contract (안전놀이터one year, $4 million) with Yokohama. In the major leagues, it is difficult to play anymore due to his unique temperament and accident history, but Yokohama believed in Bauer’s skills and recruited him.
Such Bauer had been closed for a while due to shoulder pain. However, he was steadily rehabilitated, and first of all, he immersed his feet in Japanese professional baseball through the second team game. According to Japanese media, he has a fastball of up to 155km, so it seems that his shoulder issue is out of the question. After appearing in one more second-team game, it seems that his first-team debut schedule will be set.
Yokohama fans are very interested in Bauer. He deserves it because he is a pitcher who received a Cy Young Award in the major leagues. This match was broadcast live on YouTube, and according to ESPN, there were 5,000 streaming views in total, but the number of views on the day was 77,000.
Bleacher Report said, “Japanese fans don’t seem to care about Bauer’s past. Hundreds of people lined up outside the stadium after he pitched, expecting an autograph. Dozens were wearing jerseys with his number 96 on them.”
Bauer is also good at fan service. He is also good at communicating. This is an advantage. After the game, he tweeted, “The support from the fans today was amazing. Thank you to everyone who came to the stadium and 77,000 people who watched on YouTube.”
One step further, Bauer holds a ‘reverse tribute’ event for fans. He posted a picture of the spikes he was wearing in Seibu War on his Twitter account. He said, “Today, when I first started in Japan, God is Spike. I will sign this and hand it out to the fans. We will announce the winner after May 1st.” geeks are geeks