- Trevor Bauer has reportedly been suspended for two years by Major League Baseball.
- Bauer immediately issued a statement claiming innocence and saying he will fight it.
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Major League Baseball has suspended Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer for two years, according to a report by ESPN’s Jeff Passan on Friday.
Bauer, within seconds of Passan’s report, issued a strong statement declaring his innocence and vowing to fight the suspension.
“In the strongest possible terms, I deny committing any violation of the league’s domestic violence and sexual assault policy,” the statement read. “I am appealing this action and expect to prevail. As we have throughout this process, my representatives and I respect the confidentiality of the proceedings.”
“Today we were informed that MLB has concluded its investigation into allegations that have been made against Trevor Bauer, and the Commissioner has issued his decision regarding discipline. The Dodgers organization takes all allegations of this nature very seriously and does not condone or excuse any acts of domestic violence or sexual assault,” said the Dodgers in a statement. “We’ve cooperated fully with MLB’s investigation since it began, and we fully support MLB’s Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Child Abuse Policy, and the Commissioner’s enforcement of the Policy. We understand that Trevor has the right to appeal the Commissioner’s decision. Therefore, we will not comment further until the process is complete.”
Trevor Bauer’s 324 game suspension will be tacked on to the 111 games he’s already missed
Bauer, who was never charged with any crimes, has already missed 111 games because MLB put him on administrative leave in 2021 and repeatedly extended it, continuing into this season. If his appeal of the suspension fails, he will have been forced to miss a grand total of 435 games.
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said that the league’s investigation had concluded, and he had determined Bauer’s conduct violated the policy and warranted a suspension, according to the Los Angeles Times. Manfred’s statement did not reveal what offenses specifically triggered the lengthy suspension.
The 31-year-old Cy Young Award winner, who has filed numerous lawsuits for defamation over the sexual assault charges that were levied against him – and was cleared of by a court of law – announced this week he is also suing his accuser and attorney.
Based on those facts, one can assume that Trevor Bauer will be taking his plea for reinstatement to the legal system.
Many Major League Baseball fans were stunned at the length of Bauer’s suspension.
Not even supporting him but that’s way too long for a man who was not guilty— michael (@michaelfaz15) April 29, 2022
Damn! No charges but got 2 years and Ozuna is playing baseball again when he did get charged just don’t make sense to me— TJ Padro (@TJ_Padro) April 29, 2022
I find this odd. The court of law decided not to charge him and he is also suing the woman who claimed he assaulted her for defamation and has reportedly evidence that proves that she tried to frame him for monetary gain. This is not right on MLB’s part…— FUCK ROB MANFRED (@YeahTheyBlewIt) April 29, 2022
I have to believe this is coming from Rob Manfraud. Who you've rightfully criticized. So I have to believe this is a personal move he made.— Steve McGuire (@boymeetsworld89) April 29, 2022
Bauer, who signed a three-year, $102 million contract with the Dodgers was paid his $38 million salary and signing bonus for 2021 and is scheduled to earn another $32 million this season. If the suspension holds, the Dodgers will not have to pay Bauer for the rest of his contract.