Hart Alumni Trevor Bauer returns from baseball to play in Japan

Natalia Fernandez, Copy Editor

Back in 2021, the Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher was accused of sexually assaulting a woman. These allegations lead to the Major League of Baseball suspending Trevor Bauer for 2 full seasons; 324 games. 

He was placed on the restricted list and administrative leave meaning he was still being paid while the investigation was undergo. Although the accusations were not deemed true or false, the Dodgers organization had already began removing his merchandise from their stores because those types of allegations are not condoned. 

After repeatedly denying these allegations, Bauer’s charges were dropped due to the lack of evidence shown of him committing the crime. In February before the allegations, Bauer had signed a 3 year and $102 million contract with team. 

In March 2023, Bauer signed a one year contract with a professional league team in Japan, the Yokohama DeNA Baystars of Nippon Professional Baseball, where he is set to make his return to pitching after nearly 2 years. 

Trevor Bauer will continue to grow and develop his craft while playing for Japan, and may or may not assist the Baystars in possibly winning a championship. The National League CY Young award winner continued to practice during his time off and his goal is to strike out 200 this year.