Trevor Bauer suspended two full seasons for violating MLB's domestic violence policy

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Trevor Bauer received a record two-year suspension from Major League Baseball on Friday for violating its domestic abuse policy, a significant penalty for an elite pitcher who now finds his future in the game in doubt.

Yet unlike the 15 players previously suspended under MLB’s domestic violence policy, Bauer will contest his suspension to the end. He has appealed MLB’s suspension and remains eligible to pitch until an arbitrator upholds, reduces or overturns the league’s ruling. Since MLB and the MLB Players’ Association jointly agreed to its domestic violence policy in 2015, all 15 players have accepted or negotiated suspensions ranging in length from 15 to 162 games. 

Bauer has not pitched since June, when a San Diego woman levied a sexual assault claim against him, and he was placed on administrative leave by MLB since July, during which he has received his salary. Any suspension under the domestic violence policy would be unpaid.

“In the strongest possible terms, I deny committing any violation of the league’s domestic violence and sexual assault policy,” Bauer said in a statement released by his representatives. “I am appealing this action and expect to prevail. As we have throughout this process, my representatives and I respect the confidentiality of the proceedings.” 

Trevor Bauer hasn't pitched since June 2021.

Bauer, 31, signed a three-year, $102 million contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2021, months after winning the National League Cy Young Award in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season. He won eight of his first 17 starts with the Dodgers but in June was accused by a San Diego woman of assault during two sexual encounters; Bauer countered that their interactions were “wholly consensual.”

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