Trevor Bauer says he’s grown from ‘mistakes’ in the past, hopes for ‘second opportunity’ in MLB

Trevor Bauer says he’s grown from ‘mistakes’ in the past, hopes for ‘second opportunity’ in MLB

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is hoping Major League Baseball will give him a second chance, as the pitcher remains a free agent months after he settled a high-profile legal dispute with a woman who accused him of beating and sexually assaulting her in 2021.

Bauer appeared on Fox News Channel’s on Thursday and said his agents have spoken to a number of different teams but no contract or spring training invite has come to fruition just yet. He talked about making “mistakes” during his life and what he is doing to rectify them.

Trevor Bauer of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches during the game against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on April 24, 2021. (Harry How/Getty Images)

“I know I’ve made mistakes. That’s kinda what I’m trying to focus on,” he told anchor Bill Hemmer. “How do I get better from the experiences that I’ve had. I’ve made mistakes in my personal life. I’m really detail-oriented when it comes to baseball and my training, but I didn’t apply the same level of scrutiny to my personal life.

“I made mistakes. I agreed to do things I shouldn’t have done. I was reckless. It hurt a lot of people along the way. I made things very difficult for Major League Baseball, for the Dodgers, my teammates, my friends, family, people close to me. So, I’ve done a lot of reflecting on that and made a lot of changes in my life to address that. I’m not having casual sexual relationships anymore, for example.”

Bauer said the way he has gone about things has been wrong and pinpointed interactions he has had with reporters and on social media as being wrong.

Trevor Bauer vs Giants

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer throws during the game against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park in San Francisco on May 21, 2021. (Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

“I also made a lot of people in the media mad,” he said. “I was very immature with how I handled things when people would write things about me I didn’t agree with. I should’ve just had a private, adult conversation with someone. I was bullied a lot as a kid. I don’t really want to get into that, but at the time I viewed a lot of my responses on social media as standing up for myself and having a voice. And I think I was just immature.

“I’ve grown up a lot, for sure. My viewpoints now are drastically different than they were five years ago, 10 years ago. Different things are important to me.”

Bauer said he has one outstanding lawsuit against him, and he and his team are confident they will win.

In the end, he is looking to get back in the majors.

“I’d love to play baseball. That’s my goal — to play baseball here in the United States. Still one of the best pitchers in the world. I’d like to compete at the highest level. I’m also really passionate about helping people, being good for the game. I think I’ve done a lot of damage, unfortunately, in the first half of my career, and I’d love a second opportunity to do things better,” he said.

Trevor Bauer pitches for the Yokohama DeNA Baystars

Yokohama DeNA BayStars pitcher Trevor Bauer delivers a pitch against Hiroshima Carp during the game in Yokohama, Japan, on May 3, 2023. (Kyodo News via AP)

Bauer pitched in Japan for the in 2023. He was 11-4 in 24 appearances with 160 strikeouts and a 2.59 ERA.

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