Major League Baseball on Friday suspended Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer for two seasons when he was found to be violating the league’s policy against domestic violence.
In one of the most significant exclusions ever given to an active player, Bauer will be ruled out of 324 games following a “comprehensive investigation” by MLB, said Commissioner Rob Manfred.
The suspension is “without pay, in effect today, for violating Major League Baseball’s common policy of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse,” according to a league statement.
“In accordance with the terms of the policy, the commissioner’s office will not issue any further statements at this time,” MLB added.
Bauer would be eligible to play again at the end of April 2024.
He quickly issued his own statement on Friday, saying he would fight the suspension and again denied any wrongdoing.
“In the strongest possible terms, I deny committing any violation of the league’s policy of domestic violence and sexual assault,” the pitcher said. “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 procedure.”
The Dodgers acknowledged the MLB action, saying they “do not tolerate or excuse any form of domestic violence or sexual assault.”
Bauer has been out of the game since late June last year, and this two-year suspension is equivalent to one of the strongest penalties ever enforced by MLB.
It’s the longest suspension MLB has given since the league and union agreed on policies on sexual assault and domestic violence in 2015.
Other notable MLB suspensions include players from the “Black Sox” scandal and Alex Rodriguez.
Eight members of the 1919 Chicago White Sox, accused of throwing World Series matches, were permanently excluded from the sport by referee Kenesaw Mountain Landis, baseball’s first commissioner.
And New York Yankees-swallower Rodriguez was taken off the field throughout 2014 for repeated use of performance-enhancing drugs.
The punishment against Bauer comes despite the fact that he avoids criminal liability.
Earlier this year, LA County prosecutors announced they would not pursue charges against Bauer after a San Diego woman accused him of sexually assaulting him during sexual encounters at his home in Pasadena.
The 31-year-old right-hand man, who grew up in Southern California and attended UCLA, signed a $ 102 million three-year deal with his hometown of Dodgers last February.
Bauer’s signature came with some risk off the field, as Bauer has been accused of bullying women online.
In the first two months of the 2021 season, Bauer went 6-2 with an ERA of 2.24.
If the April 2024 suspension holds, Bauer could be denied more than $ 60 million. He had still been paid before the MLB verdict on Friday.
Diana Dasrath the contribution.