Major League Baseball’s independent referee reinstates Dodgers pitcher Bauer

Trevor Bauer was reinstated by Major League Baseball’s independent referee on Thursday, allowing the pitcher to resume his career at the start of the 2023 season.

The 31-year-old Los Angeles Dodgers star was awarded an unprecedented two-season freebie on April 29 by baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred for violating the league’s domestic violence and sexual assault policy after a San Diego woman said Bauer beat and sexually assaulted her. was sentenced to suspension. Last year, the pitcher denied an accusation.

The players’ association filed the complaint on behalf of the former Cy Young Award winner, and a panel of three, chaired by independent referee Martin Scheinman, began hearing the case on May 23.

Scheinman approved a 194-game suspension instead of Manfred’s intended 324-game suspension, but promptly reinstated Bauer and assigned 50 games to cover some of the lengthy time Bauer was placed on administrative leave as MLB was investigated during the 2021 season and earlier this year.

“I can’t wait to see you all in a stadium soon!” Bauer wrote on Twitter.

Bauer will lose more than US$37 million in salary in the last 144 games of last season and the first 50 games of next season through May 23. He continued to receive a salary.

MLB said that Scheinman confirmed that Bauer violated its domestic violence policy.

MLB said in a statement, “While we believe a longer suspension is necessary, MLB will abide by the decision of the impartial referee who approved the suspension of baseball’s longest-ever active player for sexual assault or domestic violence.” Said. “We understand that this process has been difficult for the witnesses involved and we thank them for their participation.”

While Scheinman handed out the award to the parties, a full written decision is not expected until later. The panel was attended by MLB Deputy Commissioner Dan Halem and union deputy general counsel Bob Lenaghan.

The actors’ association declined to comment on Scheinman’s decision. Bauer’s spokesperson expected a statement on his behalf to be made late Thursday.

Bauer was never charged with a crime. The accuser sought a restraining order against him but was denied, and Los Angeles prosecutors said in February there was insufficient evidence to substantiate the woman’s accusations beyond a reasonable doubt.

Bauer, who hasn’t played since the allegations came to light and MLB began investigating, has repeatedly said that everything that happens between him and the woman is consensual.

An email sent after business hours Thursday to get comment from the woman’s lawyer, Bryan Freedman, was not immediately returned.

Bauer sued his accuser in federal court, in a move that came less than three months after prosecutors decided not to press charges against the shooter. Bauer chose the woman and one of his lawyers, Niranjan Fred Thiagarajah, as the defendant in the case. The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they have been victims of sexual assault.

The lawsuit said the “damage to Mr. Bauer was extreme” after the woman alleged that she strangled him unconscious, punched him repeatedly, and had anal sex with him without his consent during two sexual encounters last year.

The pitcher said the two had rough sex at her suggestion at her Pasadena home and followed the guidelines they had previously agreed to.

In a past statement he sent through his representatives, Bauer said he had “an indiscriminate and completely consensual sexual intercourse between 2013 and 2018” with the woman, who started while shooting for the Triple-A team in Columbus.

“None of our conversations involved a single act of non-consensual consent, let alone illegality,” Bauer said.

The suspension will cost Bauer $37,594,233 from his $102 million three-year contract: $28,131,868 of his $32 million salary in 2022 and 9,462 of his $32 million salary in 2023. $365.

Under Major League Rule 2, Bauer will be out of Dodgers player limits for 14 days, giving the team until January 6 to decide whether to cut ties. If the Dodgers ditch Bauer, he will remain responsible for the roughly $22.6 million he owes next season and will be free to sign any club.

“We have just been informed of the referee’s decision and will comment as soon as possible,” Dodgers said in a statement. Said.

Any money not paid to Bauer will be credited to Dodgers’ luxury tax payroll, reducing the amount of tax they are due this year and expected to pay in 2023.

After winning his first Cy Young with the Cincinnati Reds in 2020, Bauer has agreed to join his hometown Dodgers. He did not take the field after June 29, 2021 and finished with an 8-2 record and 2.59 ERA in 17 games.

Bauer took administrative leave on July 2, 2021, as part of his domestic violence policy, his leave was extended 13 times.

The longest suspension among 15 players previously disciplined under the policy was a full season and postseason for free agent shooter Sam Dyson in 2021.

Bauer’s suspension was the longest among any MLB player, as pitcher Jenrry Mejia was given a life ban for her third violation of her drug deal in 2016. Mejia has been reinstated for 2019 and is back in the minor leagues.

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