UPDATE (8:17 p.m. ET): An arbitrator reduced Trevor Bauer’s suspension to 194 games and ruled he was reinstated and could pitch, effective immediately on Thursday.
This update and this edit is to reflect the fact that this piece was written before the ruling was made and revealed.
New details emerged on Thursday in the ongoing saga surrounding disgraced MLB pitcher Trevor Bauer.
Bauer received a two-year suspension from the MLB office earlier this year. The suspension came after a lengthy investigation into gross allegations of domestic violence and sexual assault against the pitcher.
The Washington Post detailed that the hearings have been secret. However, “The Post used previously unreported public records, confidential legal materials and interviews with people with firsthand knowledge, including one of the accusers who testified, to shed light on proceedings that have been as in-depth as a trial.”
Many of the shocking details were noteworthy. One? Both sides believe they have proof that the other is lying. In the case of Bauer’s accusers, they believe they have a smoking gun. Reporter Gus Garcia-Roberts reported, “Among those materials: a recording of a phone conversation between Bauer and his California accuser,” the Post read. “Who placed the call at the direction of police. During the 28-minute recording, obtained by The Post, Bauer acknowledged hitting the woman, who was hospitalized afterward, but expressed surprise at her injuries and suggested he was following her lead during the encounter. Bauer has publicly denied striking her.”
Bauer and his team say they have a video that disproves her claims, which were gone over an “exhaustive back-and-forth” over the course of the hearing, Garcia-Roberts reported. They believed she hid the video. But, according to The Post, “The woman, though, has denied hiding the existence of the video from anybody, according to arbitration records reviewed by The Post. And body-camera footage shows she volunteered the video to police detectives during her initial interview with them, explaining at the time that her smile in the footage was part of her ‘trauma response.'”
Help is always available. If you or someone you know was the victim of domestic violence or sexual assault, please call the national hotlines:
Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233
Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-4673