Trevor Bauer 2-Season Suspension Longest Ever for MLB, Pitcher Vows Appeal

Major League Baseball announced Friday that Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer was being suspended for two full seasons, the longest suspension ever levied in the league, without pay. Bauer immediately issued a statement saying he plans to appeal.

"Commissioner Robert D. Manfred Jr. announced on Friday that following an extensive investigation by MLB's Department of Investigations, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer has received a suspension for 324 championship season games (representing two full seasons) without pay, effective today, for violating Major League Baseball's Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy," MLB said in a statement.

The announcement on Friday marking the longest suspension in MLB history tops the season-long suspension given to pitcher Sam Dyson in 2021 for violating the league's domestic violence policy.

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Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer was suspended for two full seasons on Friday, April 29, 2022. Above, Bauer is seen walking in after pitching in the sixth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium on June 28, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. Meg Oliphant/Getty

In a tweet shortly after the suspension was announced Bauer wrote, "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 added.

The announcement by MLB on Friday comes eight months after the Pasadena Police Department confirmed the completion of its investigation into assault allegations made by a woman who filed for a temporary ex parte restraining order against the pitcher. The temporary ex parte restraining order was eventually dissolved by a judge and the request for a permanent restraining order dismissed.

According to ESPN, the woman accused Bauer of choking her during consensual sexual intercourse, as well as punching her across several areas of her body at the pitcher's home in California.

In February 2022, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office announced that it was not filing charges against Bauer.

"After a thorough review of all the available evidence, including the civil restraining order proceedings, witness statements and the physical evidence, the people are unable to prove the relevant charges beyond a reasonable doubt," the district attorney's office said in a document at the time, according to NBC News.

Following the allegations levied against Bauer, MLB placed the pitcher on administrative leave on July 2, 2021. Bauer was eventually ruled out for the entire 2021 season in September, while the league investigated the allegations. He was yet to pitch in 2022 after the league continued his administrative leave week-by-week.

Bauer has continued to deny all of the allegations levied against him and earlier this week the pitcher announced he was filing a defamation lawsuit against the woman who accused him of sexual assault.

The defamation lawsuit identified the woman as Lindsey Hill and said that she "fabricated allegations of sexual assault against" Bauer and "made false and malicious statements about him, and generated a media blitz based on her lies."

In a statement following the suspension, the Dodgers said, "Today, we were informed that MLB has concluded its investigation into allegations that have been made against Trevor Bauer, and the Commissioner has issued his decision regarding discipline."

The statement continued, "We've cooperated fully with MLB's investigation since it began, and we fully support MLB's Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Child Abuse Policy, and the Commissioner's enforcement of the Policy. We understand that Trevor has the right to appeal the Commissioner's decision. Therefore, we will not comment further until the process is complete."

The Dodgers signed Bauer to a three-year, $102 million contract after he won the 2020 National League Cy Young Award while playing for the Cincinnati Reds. He pitched in 17 games for Los Angeles before being placed on administrative leave.

Correction (05/11/22, 4:25 p.m.): This story has been updated to correct the timeline in which the investigation into allegations into Bauer was conducted by the Pasadena Police Department, as well as the actions taken by the judge regarding the restraining order against him. The temporary restraining order was dissolved, not dismissed, by the judge and a permanent order was denied to Bauer's accuser.