Bauer, who was due to launch in Washington, DC on Sunday, denied the allegations and issued a statement that he would not appeal the MLB decision.
While we wait for the further development of this case, let’s take a closer look at Friday’s news, what it means, where the investigation is at, and what could happen next.
What is Trevor Bauer accused of?
A woman who had sex with Bauer twice got a restraining order against him in LA County Superior Court earlier this week. In his statement – made under penalty of perjury – she alleged that Bauer assaulted her by suffocating her until she repeatedly passed out, hit her in several places on her body and scratched the side of her face. The second encounter, which took place on May 16 at Bauer’s home in Pasadena, Calif., Left her with a sharp head injury and significant head and facial trauma, according to medical notes provided as part of the declaration.
The prohibition order was obtained by decision of a judge and does not require the intervention of the other party. But Bauer’s side is expected to deny the allegations at a hearing scheduled for July 23. One of Bauer’s attorneys, Jon Fetterolf, released a statement saying their sex was “completely consensual”, adding that “his basis for filing a protection order is non-existent, fraudulent and deliberately omits key facts, information and its own relevant communication. ” Bauer’s side also provided text messages that show the woman inviting rough sex and explaining how she wants Bauer to “give all the pain” and “choke me” eight days before the second meeting.
What does MLB mean to put Bauer on administrative leave?
Bauer will not make his next scheduled start on Sunday. This is said to have happened in Washington, DC, the nation’s capital, on July 4.
It would have been a dreadful look for a league that has vowed to make domestic violence and sexual harassment a priority, in a year the MLB has been embroiled in controversy, with the former New York food Managing Director Jared Porter and Former Los Angeles Angels Both pitching coach Mickey Callaway have been fired following sexual harassment investigations.
Administrative leave is just one way to save time. This is not considered a suspension. Bauer, in fact, will still be paid and will still accumulate shortlisted service time. The MLB has the right, under the Joint Policy on Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse which was established in August 2015, to put a player on leave without any charges being laid. In a statement specifically dedicated to Bauer’s case, the MLB said its investigation was “ongoing.”
Bauer’s co-agents Fetterolf and Rachel Luba said in a statement that they “refute [the woman’s] allegations in the strongest possible terms ”, but will not appeal Bauer’s placement on administrative leave“ in an effort to minimize any distraction for the Dodgers organization and its teammates ”.
What if there is no resolution of his case within these seven days?
MLB may request a one-time extension of its administrative leave of an additional seven days with the consent of the MLB Players Association. The joint policy on domestic violence states that consent “shall not be unreasonably withheld”. The timeline might be relevant here. An extension of the current administrative leave would keep Bauer off the field during the all-star break, saving even more time for an ongoing investigation. The expectation, however, is that it could take some time, possibly putting MLB in a position where Bauer must return to the active roster while the investigation continues. Administrative leave could simply delay this reality. The commissioner’s office has the right to request a further extension of this time off for the investigation to be completed, but the MLBPA must agree to this as well.
Bauer traveled to Washington with the Dodgers, and manager Dave Roberts said Thursday the plan was for him to pitch on Sunday. What changed?
MLB pulled it out of the hands of the Dodgers. Roberts alludes to this ahead of Thursday’s series opener, claiming that Bauer’s decision to take his regular turn in the rotation was up to the MLB. When asked why he couldn’t just make the decision to skip Bauer’s turn, given that he’s the manager of the team, Roberts said: “I am able to follow in the footsteps of Major League Baseball. Their recommendation was for us to. use our scheduled Sunday entry and go ahead and have him start this game on Sunday. So that I try to read it more outside of just follow what they advised me and us to do – I simply choose to follow the kindness of their lead. “
Where is the judicial investigation?
The Pasadena Police Department is continuing its investigation. Police have been involved since May 18, days after the second sexual encounter, when two detectives went to the woman’s home in San Diego to get a statement. The case should be sent to the Pasadena District Attorney’s Office, a source said, although the timing is unknown.
How did MLB deal with the other charges of domestic violence during the season?
In the six years since the introduction of the domestic violence policy, 13 players have been sanctioned, with suspensions ranging from 15 games (Steven Wright of the Boston Red Sox and Jeurys family des Mets) to 162 games (free agent Sam Dyson, who is serving his suspension this season). Notable names that have also been disciplined include the Dodgers starter Julio Urias (20 games in 2019), the Yankees are getting closer Aroldis Chapman (30 games in 2016), former Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell (40 games in 2018), former Toronto Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna (75 games in 2018) and former Colorado Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes (51 games in 2016).