Trevor Bauer placed on administrative leave as MLB considers possible suspension
Trevor Bauer has been placed on a week-long administrative leave by the league, as MLB Network’s Jon Heyman first reported (Twitter connections). The furlough will run from March 13 through March 19, and Bauer also won’t report to the Dodgers’ spring training camp until the 13th. Major League Baseball is still considering whether or not to suspend Bauer, per joint league policy. MLB/MLBPA on domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse.
Bauer has been on paid administrative leave since July, shortly after a woman in California made sexual assault allegations and was given temporary leave ex parte restraining order filed against Bauer. In February, the LA County District Attorney’s Office announced that criminal charges were not being brought against Bauer because “After a thorough review of available evidence, including civil restraining order proceedings, witness statements and physical evidence, the people are unable to prove the relevant charges beyond a reasonable doubt.”
Per joint MLB/MLBPA policy, the league can still issue a suspension even in the absence of criminal charges, as has been the case with most suspensions filed since the policy was introduced in August 2015. Commissioner Rob Manfred has the broad power to issue suspensions of any length or severity, and suspended players can appeal to an arbitration panel if they disagree with the commissioner’s decision. . Bauer is expected to effectively appeal any suspension issued against him.
Beyond the California case, reports also surfaced last summer of a precedent ex parte temporary civil harassment protection order granted to a woman in Ohio against Bauer in June and July 2020. This protection order related to another alleged incident involving Bauer and the woman in 2017, when Bauer was a member of the Indians.
The league has not interviewed Bauer since July, according to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale. Although the league’s investigation has been ongoing for more than eight months, it appears the lockdown and the pending decision from the LA County District Attorney’s office caused the delay. That said, it’s still unclear exactly when the league will be able to make its own judgment on a possible suspension.