Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer was suspended on Friday for two full seasons without pay by Major League Baseball for violating the league’s policy of domestic violence and sexual assault, which he denies.
Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer was given an unprecedented two-season suspension without pay by Major League Baseball on Friday for violating the league’s policy of domestic violence and sexual assault, an accusation he denied. He promised to overturn the discipline of an arbitrator.
The winner of the National League Cy Young Award 2020 was put on administrative leave on July 2 according to the policy. The leave was originally set at seven days, was extended 13 times and was due to expire on Friday.
Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred announced the discipline, which covers 324 games without pay, and if left in place, it would cost the 31-year-old pitcher just over $ 60 million from a $ 102 million three-year contract that began last year.
Bauer promised to challenge the suspension of Martin Scheinman, the independent arbitrator of baseball, who faces a decision on whether Manfred had “just cause” for discipline under the 2015 domestic violence policy.
A woman from San Diego whom the pitcher had met through social media claimed that Bauer beat and sexually abused her last year. She applied later, but was denied a restraining order. Los Angeles prosecutors said in February that there was not enough evidence to prove the woman’s charges beyond any reasonable doubt.
Bauer, who has not played since the allegations surfaced and MLB began investigating, has repeatedly said everything that happened between the two was consensual.
“In the strongest possible terms, I deny having committed any violation of the league’s policy of domestic violence and sexual assault,” he said Friday in a statement. “I appeal this case and expect to be upheld. As we have done throughout this process, my representatives and I respect the confidentiality of the cases.”
Among 15 players previously disciplined under politics, the longest exclusion was an entire season and post-season for free agent pitcher Sam Dyson in 2021.
Bauer was paid while on administrative leave, a salary of as much as $ 28 million last season and the first 22 days of a salary of $ 32 million this season. He stands to lose $ 60,131,868: $ 28,131,868 of this year and $ 32 million in 2023.
Bauer earlier this week sued his prosecutor in a federal court, a move that came less than three months after prosecutors decided not to file criminal charges against the pitcher. Bauer named the woman and one of her lawyers, Niranjan Fred Thiagarajah, who was the defendant in the trial. The Associated Press typically does not identify individuals who say they have been victims of sexual assault.
The trial said “the harm to Mr. Bauer has been extreme” after the woman claimed he had strangled her to unconsciousness, beat her repeatedly and had anal sex with her without her consent during two sexual encounters last year.
The pitcher has said the two had hard sex in his home in Pasadena following her suggestions and followed guidelines they agreed on in advance. Each meeting ended with them making fun and staying overnight, he said.
MLB announced the suspension in a brief statement that did not detail the results of its inquiry, adding: “In accordance with the terms of the policy, the Commissioner’s Office will not issue any further statements at this time.”
After winning his first Cy Young with the Cincinnati Reds in 2020, Bauer agreed to join his hometown of the Dodgers. He did not break up after June 29 and finished with a record of 8-2 and an ERA of 2.59 in 17 appearances. He was paid his $ 28 million salary last year.
Los Angeles declined to comment until the arbitration process is complete.
“The Dodgers organization takes all allegations of this kind very seriously and does not tolerate or excuse any form of domestic violence or sexual assault,” the team’s statement said. “We have been fully cooperating with MLB’s investigation since it began, and we fully support MLB’s” policy and enforcement.
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