Arbitrator Reinstates Trevor Bauer to Major League Baseball

On Thursday, an independent arbitrator for Major League Baseball ruled that pitcher Trevor Bauer should be reinstated and allowed to return to the field for the 2023 season.

Bauer, a pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers, was given a record-breaking two-year suspension without pay by MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred on April 29 for violating the league’s domestic violence and sexual assault policy. This came after a woman in San Diego claimed Bauer beat and sexually abused her last year.

Bauer had a grievance filed on his behalf by the players’ association, and on May 23 the case was heard by a three-person panel led by independent arbitrator Martin Scheinman.

MLB said Scheinman upheld a 194-game suspension but immediately reinstated Bauer. Thus, Bauer will not be compensated for the remaining 144 games of the 2017 season and the first 50 games of the 2018 season (through May 23 if there are no postponements).

Whether or not the Dodgers keep Bauer is a decision they must make. They would owe him the rest of his salary if they fired him.

Although MLB feels a longer suspension was necessary, they will respect the decision of the neutral arbitrator who upheld baseball’s longest active player suspension for sexual assault or domestic violence. We appreciate the witnesses’ time and effort throughout what must have been a trying process for them.

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Scheinman Confirmed, Per MLB, That Bauer Had In Fact Broken The Domestic Violence Policy

Scheinman Confirmed, Per MLB, That Bauer Had In Fact Broken The Domestic Violence Policy

Although MLB feels a longer suspension was necessary, they will respect the decision of the neutral arbitrator who upheld baseball’s longest active player suspension for sexual assault or domestic violence. We appreciate the witnesses’ time and effort throughout what must have been a trying process for them.

While Scheinman did issue his award to the parties, a final written decision is not expected until much later. MLB Deputy Commissioner Dan Halem and MLBPA AGC Bob Lenaghan were on the panel.

Bauer’s attorneys, Jon Fetterolf, Shawn Holley, and Rachel Luba, issued a statement saying, “While we are pleased that Mr. Bauer has been reinstated immediately,

we disagree that any discipline should have been imposed.” However, Mr. Bauer eagerly anticipates his return to the field, where he hopes to once again contribute to the team’s pursuit of a World Series championship.

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MLB Said Scheinman Affirmed That Bauer Violated The Domestic Violence Policy

MLB Said Scheinman Affirmed That Bauer Violated The Domestic Violence Policy

The criminal charges against Bauer were dropped. His accuser tried to get a restraining order against him, but it was denied because, as Los Angeles prosecutors said in February, there wasn’t enough evidence to prove the woman’s accusations beyond a reasonable doubt.

Bauer has not played since the allegations surfaced and MLB began investigating, but he has maintained that all of the alleged misconduct between him and the woman was voluntary.

The woman’s attorney, Bryan Freedman, did not immediately respond to a message left for him Thursday night.

Final Words

Free agent pitcher Sam Dyson will serve the longest suspension (full season and playoffs) of the 15 players previously disciplined under the policy in 2021. It appears that none of the players previously disciplined under the policy brought their case to an arbitrator.

Since pitcher Jenrry Mejia was banned for life in 2016 for a third violation of the drug agreement, Bauer’s suspension was the longest for any MLB player. Mejia has been activated for the 2019 season and will play in the minor leagues again.

Bauer filed a lawsuit against his accuser in federal court less than three months after prosecutors dropped all criminal charges against the pitcher. Bauer filed a lawsuit against the woman and one of her lawyers, Niranjan Fred Thiagarajah. The AP does not typically publish the names of those who report being sexual assault victims.

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