Mookie Betts thinks Trevor Bauer should get another chance to compete in the majors.
Speaking to reporters before Game 3 of the World Series between the Diamondbacks and Rangers at Chase Field, the 2018 MVP said his former Dodgers teammate is a “great guy” who should get a second chance to pitch in the backfield big ones.
“My experience with Bauer is nowhere near that of others. I love him,” Betts said, according to the Los Angeles Times. “I think he’s a great guy. Personal matters? I have no control. I have no say. Obviously, nothing ever came of it.
“He’s a great pitcher. He’s a great guy, someone who wants to get on the mound every five days. But ultimately, it’s not me who makes the decision. It’s a decision that isn’t as simple as baseball.
Bauer, who has never been charged with a crime, has not pitched in the big leagues since mid-2021, when he was placed on administrative leave by Major League Baseball due to allegations of sexual assault.
Prior to the 2022 season, the right-hander was suspended 324 games by the league, which was later reduced to 194 in December.
Before the start of the 2023 season, Bauer was released by the Dodgers but did not attract interest from major league teams, instead signing with the Yokohama DeNA BayStars of the Nippon Professional Baseball League in Japan for this year .
Accuser Lindsey Hill, 32, agreed earlier in October to drop charges against each other.
Bauer maintained that the sexual relations between the two were consensual.
Betts added that he hoped teams would consider taking Bauer, who won the 2020 National League Cy Young Award while pitching with the Reds.
“It’s something to think about,” Betts added.
Bauer went 10-4 with a 2.76 ERA and 130 strikeouts in 130 2/3 innings with Japan this season.
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