MLB handed out a 324-game suspensionTo Los Angeles DodgersTrevor Bauer was the Friday pitcher. Friday's pitcher Trevor Bauer
Bauer stated that he would appeal the suspension. Bauer is the first to appeal the punishment under the policy.
What does Bauer, the Dodgers, and Major League Baseball mean by the suspension?
Bauer has been in administrative leave since July 2. Is MLB's 324-game suspension effective immediately or does it include time Bauer has missed?
Bauer is suspended effective Friday. Postseason games are not considered. Bauer won't be able to return to play until the 19th match of the 2024-23 season. Bauer missed the 18th and final regular-season games of 2021 and 2022 while on administrative leave. He was still paid his full salary. He is appealing the suspension, so that the time served will not be counted.
What does Bauer look like now?
Bauer may file a grievance if he does not consent to the suspension. An arbitrator will be appointed (and can be fired) by the league in concert with the players' union. Bauer's legal team, which includes the MLBPA and his lawyers, will present its case. MLB will make its case. The arbitrator will make a decision. The domestic violence policy does NOT specify when such hearings should take place. There is also no timetable. Bauer's case is unique from other appeals. There is no automatic stay for appeals of PED suspensions in the league's domestic violent policy. He will therefore not be permitted to pitch during the hearing.
What does Bauer's contract remain with the Dodgers after the suspension?
The Dodgers won't have any obligation to Bauer if an independent arbitrator upholds MLB’s suspension. Los Angeles paid him his $38 million salary last season and paid him just shy $4 million this year. Sources said that this figure would be used to determine how Bauer is counted towards the Dodgers' competitive tax payroll. This would place the Dodgers' CBT estimate in the $270 million to $270 million range. It is the third of the four tiers that are included under the new collective bargaining agreement.
MLB imposed a lengthy suspension following the Los Angeles D.A. he did not find evidence that would justify the filing of charges.
In criminal and civil cases, the standards are different from private businesses. Bauer's liability under the joint policy is not absolved by the judge dissolving the temporary restraint order and refusing to issue a permanent one. A prosecutor deciding to press charges is not an option.
MLB's decision to impose discipline was based on its own investigation and is not subject to criminal proceedings. The league's investigation into Bauer took 10 months and has not released any details. They considered more than the sexual assault allegations. the San Diego womanThey looked into another allegation in the last year, from an Ohio woman, who sought a temporary order against Bauer, June 2020. Details of this were reported by the Washington Post.
What does this mean in comparison to other MLB suspensions since August 2015, when MLB implemented its domestic violence policy?
Fiveteen players had been previously suspended for violating the child abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault policy. This was adopted by MLB and the MLB Players Association (August 2015). These suspensions, which did not include Felipe Vazquez who was charged with sexually assaulting a 13-year old girl, were between 15 and 162 games. Bauer's suspension has been doubled (MLB suspended reliever). Sam DysonFor the full 2021 season— 162 regular-season and postseason games.
What appeals to players?
Occasionally. In August 2013, MLB suspended Alex Rodriguez for a record 211 games after he possessed and used performance-enhancing drugs over multiple years. He appealed, and was permitted to play the remainder of his season.
Rodriguez was eventually allowed to play the entire 2014 season, 162 games. The most recent suspension that was fully overturned was Ryan Braun‘s positive performance-enhancing drug test, which was nullified because of a chain-of-custody issue. Braun agreed to serve 65 games as punishment for his involvement at Biogenesis, the same laboratory that provided Rodriguez with PEDs.
According to sources familiar, it seems unlikely that a domestic violence case would be suspended. However, this case will be the first one appealed.
Will Bauer pitch in MLB again?
Recent polls have shown that executives and agents are skeptical about Bauer being offered a spot on a team, even if he was eligible to pitch. This seasonGiven the public-relations storm and possible suspension, it would be reasonable. Bauer will turn 33 in March if MLB suspends him. This means that he will have been playing baseball for nearly three years. The league will likely release more details on the findings of MLB, but they are unlikely to be as revealing as it is. It's difficult to imagine a team not taking a chance upon him, as we've seen it happen throughout other sports. It's difficult to imagine right now.