Major League Baseball has suspended Trevor Bauer, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher, for 324 games or two seasons for violating the league’s domestic violence policy, on Friday.
Though Bauer has been cleared of any criminal charges the league decided to suspend him because he violated its joint domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse policy, Rob Manfred, Commissioner of MLB said in a statement.
Bauer, 31, is suing the San Diego woman who accused him of sexual assault during two encounters in April and May last year.
Bauer responded to his suspension in a statement on Twitter saying, “In the strongest possible terms, I deny committing any violation of the league’s domestic violence & sexual assault policy. I am appealing this action and expect to prevail. As we have throughout this process, my representatives & I respect the confidentiality of the proceedings.”
Bauer would be entitled to play again in April 2024.
Bauer signed a $102 million contract with the Dodgers in February 2021, soon after winning the National League Cy Young Award two seasons ago with the Cincinnati Reds.