NEW YORK ( Associated Press) – An independent Major League Baseball umpire has restored Trevor Bauer’s rights to resume his pitching career at the start of the 2023 season.
The Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher was suspended for two seasons without pay. The unprecedented sentence was handed down on April 29 by commissioner Rob Manfred, who found that Bauer had violated major league policy on domestic violence and sexual assault.
A woman in San Diego claimed Bauer beat and sexually assaulted her last year. The pitcher denied the allegation.
The players’ union filed a complaint on behalf of Bauer, and a three-person panel led by independent arbitrator Martin Scheinman began hearing the case on 23 May.
Major League Baseball reported that Scheinman upheld the 194-game suspension but immediately reinstated Bauer’s rights. As a result, the player will not be paid for the last 144 games of the previous season and the first 50 games of the next until May 23, if there is no postponement.
Bauer tweeted, “Can’t wait to see you all in the stadium soon!”
The Dodgers must decide whether to retain Bauer. In case of sacking him, they have to pay him the salary that is due in his contract.
“While we believe there were merits to a longer suspension, Major League Baseball will abide by the decision of the neutral arbitrator, which upholds the longest suspension ever imposed on an active player in a sexual assault or domestic violence case.” he insisted. majors in a statement.
“We understand that this process was difficult for the witnesses involved, and we thank them for their participation.”
The original suspension for Bauer, the 2020 National League Cy Young Trophy winner, spanned 324 games without pay. If he had stayed standing, of the 102 million contract for the three seasons that started last year, he would have been worth just over 60 million.
Bauer’s accuser unsuccessfully sought a restraining order. Los Angeles prosecutors in February deemed there insufficient evidence that the charges were beyond a reasonable doubt.
Bauer, who has not played since the allegations triggered an investigation by Major League Baseball, insisted that whatever happened between him and the woman was consensual.
The pitcher was suspended on July 2, 2021 under the domestic violence policy. The suspension has been extended 13 times.