This was before his biggest dreams began to blossom, and before his career fell apart. This was Trevor Bauer from three years ago, during lunch in the suburb of Cleveland, and described the forces that drove him.
“I want to be a billionaire,” Bauer said, just as you might order a sandwich. “Not because I care about money at all, just because it is the highest level of performance in business. It is a marker for a successful business person. So I wanted to do it just to do it.
“I want to win three Cy Youngs to do it. I want to win a World Series to do it. When I went to college, I wanted to win the Golden Spikes Award, and when I won it, I thought, ‘OK, great. ‘, and I moved on to the next. Part of what makes me a little unhappy a lot in my life is that I do not celebrate my successes. I just move on to the next. “
Bauer would win his first Cy Young Award the following year, for Cincinnati, and then sign a $ 102 million three-year contract with his hometown team, the Los Angeles Dodgers, in February 2021. He pitched his last game for them in June last year, and maybe not. pitch again for a very long time.
Major League Baseball suspended Bauer for two years last Friday for violating the league’s policy of domestic violence and sexual assault. The suspension covers 324 games without pay and runs into the 2024 season. Bauer, 31, had been on administrative leave with pay since July 2 last year, and because he did not agree on a fine, he did not receive retroactive credit for time served.
“In the strongest possible terms, I deny committing any violation of the league’s policy of domestic violence and sexual assault,” Bauer said in a statement. “I appeal this case and expect to be upheld. As we have done throughout this process, my representatives and I respect the confidentiality of the cases.”
MLB season 2022
A season that was in doubt is suddenly in full swing.
Under MLB’s common policy with the union, which started in 2015, a player is subject to discipline for “fair cases” by Commissioner Rob Manfred, even without a conviction or a guilty plea. Bauer’s ban is the longest of the 16 players suspended under the policy and he will be the first to take his case to an arbitrator. No date has been set for a hearing.
Bauer was investigated by the Pasadena Police Department after a woman accused him of assaulting her during sex in Pasadena, California, early last season. Prosecutors decided in February not to prosecute criminal charges against Bauer, who this week filed a defamation suit and injurious interference against her prosecutor and her attorney.
Bauer’s prosecutors had applied for a temporary restraining order against him last June, but a Los Angeles Superior Court judge dismissed it in August, calling some aspects of the request “substantially misleading.” The judge noted that photographs of the woman’s injuries were “horrific”, but ruled that Bauer had not exceeded the limits of rough sex that the woman had set.
Baseball’s investigation not only covered that incident, but another reported last summer by The Washington Post, which detailed how an Ohio woman had sought a protective order against Bauer after accusing him of hitting and strangling her without consent during sex. Bauer has called that report false. A third indictment was reported by The Post on Friday.
Friday’s announcement from the MLB did not specify how the league determined that Bauer had violated the common policy. But it is a formal statement that Bauer is so far excluded from the league he has chosen as the vessel for his life ambitions.
Some of his goals Bauer has insisted on are designed to help the game thrive; if he was solely in it for himself, he has reasoned, why else should he be so public about his training methods? He was actually an early adapter and avid proponent of using technology to improve pitch design and speed up. Early in his career, he spent $ 30,000 on a high-speed camera system for use in his personal training.
“The alternative cost of not investing is far higher than the cost of investing,” Bauer explained in 2015 – and quite rightly, he became very rich, and many of his training tools have become mainstream.
Bauer has also positioned himself as a crusader against baseball’s enclosed adherence to traditions. Thursday he has uploaded a video of a Pittsburgh prospect, Oneil Cruz, celebrating a homer by turning his bat and checking his wrist – time to finish the game? time for a call? – on his trot. Bauer declared Cruz the latest winner of his competition, rewarding minor leagues for doing cool things. (He did not use the word “thing.”)
“He turned a boring walk-off homer in the minor leagues that no one would have seen into a divisible moment that everyone gets to see now,” Bauer said in his post. “It’s worth $ 2,500.”
Of course, Bauer can also profit by sharing Cruz’s homer: In the post, he wears a headband with his personal logo, which sells for $ 25.95 on Bauer’s personal website. This item is sold out now, but since it has a T-shirt of $ 32.99 in stock with this timely slogan: Bring Bauer Back.
That prayer was answered by Manfred on Friday with a clear no. For the next two years – except for a successful appeal – Bauer will have to pursue his billions of dollars outside of MLB. It will take a lot of T-shirts to get there.