Trevor Bauer suspended for 2 seasons for violating sexual assault policy
Referees check the hat and glove of No. 27 Los Angeles Dodgers Trevor Bauer for foreign matter after the first half against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium on June 28, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.
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MLB suspended Trevor Bauer for two seasons after completing an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment against the Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher’s star, Commissioner Rob Manfred said Friday.
The league said in a statement that Bauer has violated its joint domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse policies and will not receive payment during the suspension, which is 324 games. In 2021, Bauer signed a three-year, $102 million contract with the Dodgers.
Bauer, 31, has been on administrative leave since July 2021 amid a criminal investigation into allegations that he raped a woman in violent incidents.
2020 Cy Young Award winner denied the accusations. In February, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office said it would not file criminal charges against the MLB pitcher.
AT Friday tweetBauer said he plans to appeal the MLB decision.
“In the strongest terms, I deny any violation of the league’s policy on domestic violence and sexual assault,” he wrote. “I will appeal this action and expect victory. As throughout this process, my representatives and I respect the confidentiality of the proceedings.”
Dodgers they said they were aware MLB decision and declined to comment further due to Bauer’s plans to appeal.
Bauer last played in MLB in 2021. He posted an 8-5 record in 17 games before being sent on leave. He won the 2020 Cy Young National League Award with the Cincinnati Reds after going 5–4 with a 1.72 ERA in the MLB pandemic shortened season.
In February 2021, Bauer signed a unique three-year contract with the Dodgers. The contract made him one of the highest paid players of the year.
— Dan Mangan of CNBC and Steve Kopak contributed to this article.