“Hopefully This Is The Last..”- Stained Cy Young Winner Seeks New Beginning After A Big Victory In A Prolonged Legal Battle

Published 10/03/2023, 9:00 AM EDT

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The Trevor Bauer saga has finally been settled. Since June 2021, the ex-Los Angeles Dodgers star has been making headlines for an alleged sexual assault case. After MLB suspended Bauer for an unprecedented 324 games, aka two years, the seriousness of the situation came to light. An independent arbiter later reduced the number to 194 games, but the pitcher’s reputation was already stained.

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In September 2022, the Dodgers released the Cy Young winner from his contract after another allegation was made against him. No other teams took interest, for obvious reasons. So Bauer went overseas to play in Japan’s minor leagues, where he again attracted the wrong sort of attention. But regarding the domestic violence policy violation that MLB claimed, things have finally been settled.

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While the general policy is to not identify sexually assaulted victims publicly, Lindsey Hill’s legal team used her name in comments on Monday. The two parties have agreed to drop their lawsuits with no financial settlements between them. Instead, Hill’s insurance company has agreed to a $300,000 payout that has nothing to do with Trevor Bauer. Even so, the pitcher wanted to clear up some things.

In an almost four-minute video shared on various social media platforms, the ex-Dodgers player details his side of the story. But ultimately, Bauer says that all he wants to do is move on from this incident. “Now, over the last two years, I’ve been forced to defend my integrity and my reputation in a very public setting,” he says near the end.

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“But hopefully, this is the last time I have to do so, as I’d prefer to just remain focused on doing my job, winning baseball games and entertaining fans around the world. So today I’m happy to be moving on with my life.”

Can a return to baseball mean a return to Los Angeles?

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According to the Los Angeles Times, when the first incident happened in 2021, Bauer became a pariah around the Dodgers clubhouse. Understandably, players no longer wanted to associate themselves with his reputation. Now that the settlement is in his favor, could he return to the Boys in Blue?

Playing with the Yokohama BayStars, Bauer has earned criticism for cultural appropriation. After a successful strikeout, the pitcher usually makes a sword-sheathing motion as samurais do. While his sardonic personality is familiar, will the Dodgers want to associate themselves with the pitcher again?

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So far, it’s unclear whether Trevor Bauer will return to Major League Baseball.

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Arunima Bhanot is an MLB writer at EssentiallySports. Her tryst with MLB was accidental, but what followed was nothing short of a pursuit of excellence. Arunima's articles have been recognized as Editor's Picks on multiple occasions, highlighting her exceptional attention to detail and insightful coverage.
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