Trevor Bauer doesn’t care what anyone thinks about him. He played by his own rules during his time in MLB, and has carried that mentality to the Nippon Professional Baseball League in Japan with the Yokohama DeNA BayStars. Bauer’s famous “sword celebration” is currently the subject of controversy, as the former Cy Young winner’s celebration has drawn a strong take from one of his BayStars teammates, video per Talkin Baseball.
Trevor Bauer’s teammate @19Yasuaki responded to this video:
“Don’t be an idiot. This is disrespectful. There are better ways to go about this.”
(h/t @yakyucosmo) pic.twitter.com/3XE4V7oTrl
— Talkin’ Baseball (@TalkinBaseball_) May 1, 2023
However, the proper translated text from Yasuaki Yamasaki suggests that he isn’t upset with Bauer. Rather, he’s simply stating that the club’s social media team should not encourage fans to partake in the celebration. Here is the correct translation of Yamasaki’s message.
“(The club) Official (twitter) shouldn’t encourage (the fans to do Sword Celebration Action). Foolishness.
No respect. There’s a different way.”
Here is Yamasaki’s original comment on the video.
— 山﨑 康晃 (@19Yasuaki) May 1, 2023
Yamasaki issued another statement on Tuesday, explaining his comments.
— 山﨑 康晃 (@19Yasuaki) May 2, 2023
Translation: “My message was received by the media in the US in a way that I did not intend, and it was taken as if I was saying something bad about him. After talking with Bauer, I was able to convey my feelings clearly. Bauer is an important teammate with whom I aim to win the championship.“
Bauer is doing everything in his power to make the game more fun. He did the same during his time in MLB, and his antics upset a number of people around the league. With that being said, the younger generation was often captivated by Bauer’s celebrations. His sword celebration has even been copied by many young pitchers.
Bauer’s baseball future is uncertain. He will spend the 2023 season with the BayStars, and it will be interesting to see if he draws any MLB interest ahead of the 2024 campaign. He seems to be enjoying his time in Japan so far. However, Bauer won’t turn 33-years old until January of 2024, so he likely still has something left in the tank. The question is whether or not an MLB team can move on from Trevor Bauer’s controversial past and give him another shot.
For now, Bauer will focus on pitching for the BayStars.