Former National League Cy Young Award winner Trevor Bauer (Yokohama DeNA Basestars) is struggling in Japan. In four appearances on the mound, he has a 1-2 record. His 6.86 ERA shows that he is shaky.
Former Yokohama DeNA BayStars manager Alex Ramirez, a former teammate of Doosan Bears manager Lee Seung-yeop’s with the Yomiuri Giants and well known to fans in Japan, has laid out three things Bauer needs to work on.
According to a report by Japanese sports media outlet SporNichi Annex on Feb. 2, Ramirez said he believes Bauer should be assigned a dedicated catcher. This is so that they can communicate with each other from training and build a trusting relationship. He said, 먹튀검증 “If I were the manager, I would have a dedicated catcher. Hikaru Ito, a veteran catcher with a lot of experience, is the most suitable person.”
Bauer pitched well in the four games, with 25 strikeouts and two walks in 21 innings, but was hit by seven home runs. Ramirez pointed out that “different pitchers have different habits.”
“In Japan, the power analysis is so good that once a team knows the habits of an opposing player, all the teams know it. “It’s not easy to tell a former Cy Young Award-winning pitcher that he needs to change his pitching style, but the brass needs to convince Bauer,” he said.
Finally, Ramirez said, “Bauer needs to learn Japanese baseball on his own. Players like Bauer, who have excelled in the major leagues, try to take the position of teaching American baseball, but to be successful in Japan, you have to learn Japanese baseball.”
“If Bauer fixes these three things, he can win 10 or more games,” he concluded.