Trevor Bauer suspension: Dodgers pitcher reinstated immediately after ban reduced from 324 games to 194

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An arbitrator reduced the suspension of Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer from 324 games to 194 games under the league’s Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy, Major League Baseball said Thursday night. Announced. This is the longest suspension under this policy in league history.

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

Bauer’s return from the restricted list is effective immediately, but Rule 2(c) gives the Dodgers two weeks to officially return him to the roster. Bauer must be activated or released by January 6th. The Dodgers, which owe Bauer his 2022 salary no matter what, are reportedly planning to release him rather than add him to their active roster.

Here is the MLB statement:

“Today, a neutral arbitrator selected by MLB and the MLBPA confirmed that Trevor Bauer has violated Major League Baseball’s Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy.

“After a thorough review of the available evidence, the neutral arbitrator upheld a 194-game unpaid suspension. In addition, the arbitrators decided to reduce Bauer’s salary for the first 50 games of the 2023 season (i.e., the period from 30 March 2023 to 23 May 2023). Reduced. A neutral arbitrator’s decision upholding the longest-ever suspension of an active player for sexual assault or domestic violence.

“We understand that this process has been difficult for the witnesses involved, and we appreciate their participation. Due to the collective bargaining confidentiality of the joint program, we are unable to provide further details at this time.”

Bauer, 31, has not pitched since June 28, 2021. Days after that start, he was charged with assault and placed on administrative leave while MLB conducts an investigation. Pasadena police conducted their own investigation, but on February 8, Bauer announced that he would not face criminal charges in connection with the allegations. Bauer was able to be reprimanded, even though he didn’t.

In late June 2021, The Athletic reported details of the woman’s encounter with Bauer. “I agreed to have consensual sex. But I didn’t agree to what he did next. I didn’t agree to be sexually assaulted,” the woman said. Told. The Athletic’s report, which includes graphic details from the restraining order request, including allegations that Bauer strangled and beat a woman, can be found here.

Bauer, the 2020 NL Cy Young winner, has taken time off after starting 17 games for the Dodgers in 2021. The Dodgers signed his three-year contract worth $102 million in February 2021. The contract included an opt-out clause after each season. Bauer will lose his $37.5 million out of his $102 million to the suspension. He would have made roughly $60 million had his 324-game suspension remained intact.

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