Trevor Bauer suspended for two seasons by MLB under domestic violence policy

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

Yet unlike the 15 players previously suspended under MLB’s domestic violence policy, Bauer will contest his suspension all the way. He appealed the MLB suspension and remains eligible to pitch until an umpire affirms, reduces, or reverses 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 hasn’t pitched since June, when a San Diego woman filed a sexual assault lawsuit against him, and he’s been placed on administrative leave by MLB since July, during which he received his salary. Any suspension under the domestic violence policy would not be paid.

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

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

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