Dodgers Pitcher Trevor Bauer Reinstated After Ban Over Sexual Assault Claims

Trevor Bauer was reinstated Thursday by Main League Baseball’s unbiased arbitrator, permitting the pitcher to renew his profession firstly of the 2023 season.

The 31-year-old Los Angeles Dodgers star was given an unprecedented two-season suspension with out pay by baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred on April 29 for violating the league’s home violence and sexual assault coverage after a San Diego lady stated Bauer beat and sexually abused her final 12 months, an accusation the pitcher denied.

Trevor Bauer of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches in opposition to the San Francisco Giants on June 28, 2021.

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The gamers’ affiliation filed a grievance on behalf of the previous Cy Younger Award winner, and a three-person panel headed by unbiased arbitrator Martin Scheinman began listening to the case on Could 23.

Scheinman upheld a 194-game suspension moderately than Manfred’s supposed 324-game penalty however reinstated Bauer instantly, assigning 50 video games to cowl a part of the prolonged time Bauer was placed on administrative depart whereas MLB investigated through the 2021 season and early this 12 months.

“Can’t wait to see y’all out at a stadium soon!” Bauer wrote on Twitter.

Bauer will lose greater than $37 million in wage for the ultimate 144 video games of final season and for the primary 50 video games of subsequent season, by way of Could 23. The misplaced wage subsequent 12 months is successfully a clawback from a part of his administrative depart, when he continued to obtain pay.

MLB stated Scheinman affirmed that Bauer violated the home violence coverage.

“While we believe a longer suspension was warranted, MLB will abide by the neutral arbitrator’s decision, which upholds baseball’s longest-ever active player suspension for sexual assault or domestic violence,” MLB stated in an announcement. “We understand this process was difficult for the witnesses involved and we thank them for their participation.”

Whereas Scheinman issued his award to the events, a full written choice just isn’t anticipated till later. The panel included MLB Deputy Commissioner Dan Halem and union assistant common counsel Bob Lenaghan.

“While we are pleased that Mr. Bauer has been reinstated immediately, we disagree that any discipline should have been imposed,” Bauer’s representatives, Jon Fetterolf, Shawn Holley and Rachel Luba, stated in an announcement. “That said, Mr. Bauer looks forward to his return to the field, where his goal remains to help his team win a World Series.”

The gamers’ affiliation declined touch upon Scheinman’s choice.

Bauer was by no means charged with a criminal offense. His accuser sought however was denied a restraining order in opposition to him, and Los Angeles prosecutors stated in February there was inadequate proof to show the lady’s accusations past an inexpensive doubt.

Bauer, who hasn’t performed because the allegations surfaced and MLB started investigating, repeatedly has stated that all the things that occurred between him and the lady was consensual.

An electronic mail despatched after enterprise hours Thursday searching for remark from the lady’s legal professional, Bryan Freedman, wasn’t instantly returned.

Bauer sued his accuser in federal courtroom, a transfer that got here lower than three months after prosecutors determined to not file felony fees in opposition to the pitcher. Bauer named the lady and one among her attorneys, Niranjan Fred Thiagarajah, as defendants within the lawsuit. The Related Press doesn’t sometimes establish individuals who say they’ve been victims of sexual assault.

The lawsuit stated that “the damage to Mr. Bauer has been extreme” after the lady alleged that he had choked her into unconsciousness, punched her repeatedly and had anal intercourse along with her with out her consent throughout two sexual encounters final 12 months.

The pitcher has stated the 2 engaged in tough intercourse at his Pasadena dwelling at her suggestion and adopted pointers they agreed to upfront.One other lady, from Columbus, Ohio, informed The Washington Submit that Bauer repeatedly choked her with out her consent and sexually assaulted her over the course of a years-long relationship.

Bauer, in an announcement by way of his representatives, stated their relationship was “casual and wholly consensual.”

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

Beneath Main League Rule 2, Bauer won’t depend in opposition to the Dodgers’ participant limits for 14 days, giving the workforce till Jan. 6 to resolve whether or not to chop ties. If the Dodgers jettison Bauer, they’d stay liable for the roughly $22.6 million he’s owed subsequent season and he could be free to signal with any membership.

“We have just been informed of the arbitrator’s ruling and will comment as soon as practical,” the Dodgers said in a statement.

The cash not paid to Bauer will likely be mirrored on the Dodgers’ luxurious tax payroll, chopping the quantity of tax they have to pay this 12 months and are projected to pay in 2023.

After successful his first Cy Younger with the Cincinnati Reds in 2020, Bauer agreed to affix his hometown Dodgers. He didn’t pitch after June 29 in 2021 and completed with an 8-2 document and a 2.59 ERA in 17 appearances.

Bauer was positioned on administrative depart on July 2, 2021, below the home violence coverage, a depart prolonged 13 instances.

Amongst 15 gamers beforehand disciplined below the coverage, the longest suspension was a full season and postseason free of charge agent pitcher Sam Dyson in 2021. Not one of the gamers beforehand disciplined below the coverage seem to have challenged the penalty earlier than an arbitrator.

Bauer’s suspension was the longest of any MLB participant since pitcher Jenrry Mejia was given a lifetime ban in 2016 for a 3rd violation of the drug settlement. Mejia was reinstated for 2019 and returned within the minor leagues.