Trevor Bauer was reinstated Thursday by Main League Baseball’s impartial arbitrator, permitting the pitcher to renew his profession at first of the 2023 season.
The Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher 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 girl mentioned Bauer beat and sexually abused her final yr, an accusation the pitcher denied.
The gamers’ affiliation filed a grievance on Bauer’s behalf, and a three-person panel headed by impartial arbitrator Martin Scheinman began listening to the case on Might 23.
Main League Baseball mentioned Scheinman upheld a 194-game suspension however reinstated Bauer instantly. Consequently, Bauer will lose pay for the ultimate 144 video games of final season and for the primary 50 video games of subsequent season, by means of Might 23 if there aren’t any postponements.
The Dodgers must resolve whether or not to retain Bauer. In the event that they minimize him, they might be accountable for the remaining wage he’s owed.
“Whereas we consider an extended suspension was warranted, MLB will abide by the impartial arbitrator’s choice, which upholds baseball’s longest-ever energetic participant suspension for sexual assault or home violence,” MLB mentioned in an announcement. “We perceive this course of was tough for the witnesses concerned and we thank them for his or her participation.”
The 2020 Nationwide League Cy Younger Award winner’s unique suspension coated 324 video games with out pay and if left in place would have price him simply over $60 million from a $102 million, three-year contract that started final yr.
Bauer’s accuser sought however was denied a restraining order in opposition to him. Los Angeles prosecutors mentioned in February there was inadequate proof to show the lady’s accusations past an inexpensive doubt.
Bauer, who hasn’t played because the allegations surfaced and MLB started investigating, repeatedly has mentioned that every thing that occurred between him and the lady was consensual.
Bauer was positioned on administrative depart on July 2, 2021, beneath the home violence coverage, a depart prolonged 13 instances.
Amongst 15 gamers beforehand disciplined beneath 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 beneath the coverage seem to have challenged the penalty earlier than an arbitrator.
Bauer sued his accuser in federal court docket, a transfer that got here lower than three months after prosecutors decided not to file criminal charges in opposition to the pitcher. Bauer named the lady and one in all her attorneys, Niranjan Fred Thiagarajah, as defendants within the lawsuit. The Related Press doesn’t sometimes determine individuals who say they’ve been victims of sexual assault.
The lawsuit mentioned that “the harm to Mr. Bauer has been excessive” 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 yr.
The pitcher has mentioned the 2 engaged in tough intercourse at his Pasadena residence at her suggestion and adopted tips they agreed to upfront.
Bauer has mentioned in a previous assertion despatched by means of his representatives that he had a “informal and wholly consensual sexual relationship from 2013-2018” with the lady, which started when he was pitching for the Triple-A group in Columbus.
“None of our conferences ever concerned a single non-consensual, not to mention unlawful, act,” Bauer mentioned. “In truth, she is the one who launched me to choking, each in our relationship and as a consensual act throughout intercourse. The incidents she detailed to the Washington Put up — and particularly the one which concerned non-consensual choking through which she claims to have convulsed and woken up on a lodge flooring — completely by no means occurred, in any capability.”
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 report and a 2.59 ERA in 17 appearances. He was paid his $28 million wage final yr.