San Francisco Giants president and CEO Larry Baer has been suspended without pay through July 1 following Major League Baseball’s investigation into a physical incident between Baer and his wife.
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred announced the suspension in a news release Tuesday, explaining that after reviewing the results of the investigation, he found that Baer’s conduct was “unacceptable … 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,” Manfred said. “Based on my conversation with Mr. Baer, it is clear that he regrets what transpired and takes responsibility for his conduct.”
Baer was captured on video engaging in an argument with his wife that turned physical. Video of the incident shows Baer attempting to grab something out of his wife’s hand, causing her to flip over on a chair and fall on the ground.
Baer, who has been with the Giants since 1992, has been on a leave of absence since March 4. He said in a statement released Tuesday that he accepts Manfred’s decision.
“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,” Baer said in part of a statement released Tuesday. “I will now immediately begin the significant work ahead of me to listen and learn from my mistakes and to 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.”
The Giants’ ownership group also released a statement Tuesday, calling Baer’s punishment “appropriate” and noting that interim CEO Rob Dean will continue to serve as the club’s control person with the league in Baer’s absence.
“The Board will also make changes to the Club’s corporate governance structure and will designate a new permanent Major League Baseball control person,” the ownership group said in its statement. “Upon Mr. Baer’s return, he will remain CEO and President.”
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