MLB: Trevor Bauer suspended for two seasons (324 games)

MLB suspended pitcher Trevor Bauer for 324 regular-season games, or two full seasons, for violating league rules on domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse.

Bauer will not receive a salary during these two seasons. The suspension fell after a lengthy investigation, Rob Manfred said in a statement.

Two weeks ago, Bauer’s administrative leave was extended by Major League Baseball and the Players’ Association.

“The Dodgers take the allegations very seriously and do not condone any act of domestic violence or sexual assault. We have cooperated with MLB from the beginning and support league policy. We understand that Trevor has the right to appeal the decision,” the LA organization said in a statement.

A Southern California woman claims he strangled her unconscious in addition to hitting her and having anal sex with her without her consent last year.

Bauer hasn’t pitched since June 29. He earned $28 million last season, the first of three on a $102 million deal Bauer signed after winning his first Cy-Young with the Cincinnati Reds in 2020.

Los Angeles prosecutors decided in February not to press charges against Bauer for the incident involving a San Diego woman he met on social media.

They were unable to prove the woman’s charges beyond a reasonable doubt, the Los Angeles County Attorney General’s Office said in a document released at the conclusion of their investigation.

After prosecutors’ decision was made public, Bauer vehemently denied abusing the woman during a seven-minute video posted on YouTube. He admitted that the two partners had engaged in rough sex at the woman’s suggestion and that they had followed a code of conduct agreed in advance between them. Each encounter ended harmoniously and the woman spent the night at his house each time, according to Bauer.

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