Major League Baseball has suspended San Francisco Giants CEO Larry Baer — without pay — until July 1, 2019 for stemming from a March 1 incident with his wife, TMZ Sports has learned.
He must also undergo counseling.
MLB commish Rob Manfred says the unpaid suspension will be backdated to March 4, 2019 — the day Baer took a leave of absence from the team.
“During the period of his suspension, Baer shall have no involvement in the operations of the Giants,” Manfred says.
“The Club shall be operated by an interim control person appointed by the ownership group in consultation with the Commissioner. Baer will be required to undergo an evaluation by an expert to determine an appropriate treatment and counseling plan.”
Manfred says, “At my direction, the Department of Investigations conducted an investigation into the March 1, 2019 video-recorded incident involving Larry Baer. I also personally met with Mr. Baer.”
“Based on my review of the results of the investigation, I have concluded that Mr. Baer’s conduct was unacceptable under MLB policies and warrants discipline.”
“In determining the appropriate level of discipline, I find that Mr. Baer should be held to a higher standard because as a leader he is expected to be a role model for others in his organization and community.”
“Based on my conversation with Mr. Baer, it is clear that he regrets what transpired and takes responsibility for his conduct.”
TMZ Sports posted video showing Baer in a physical altercation with his wife in a public park — ultimately knocking her to the ground in a struggle to pry a phone out of her hands. You can hear her screaming, “Oh my god. Help!”
Baer’s wife has publicly supported Larry after the incident — chalking the whole thing up to an ordinary marital spat.
Larry has also issued a statement on the suspension … saying, “I respect and accept the Commissioner’s decision, and I respect and accept the Commissioner’s decision, and appreciate the fair and thorough process undertaken by MLB and the Giants.”
“I made a serious mistake that I sincerely regret and I am truly sorry for my actions. My unacceptable behavior fell well short of what must be demanded of every person, particularly someone in my position and role in the community.”
“I will now immediately begin the significant work ahead of me to listen and learn from my mistakes and seek professional advice. I am committed to doing what it takes to earn the trust and respect of the many people impacted by my actions.”