The last week in MLB was about a starting pitcher in the National League being placed on administrative leave, a pair of players were selected for players of the month, and a team’s chairman makes comments.
Los Angeles Dodgers Starting Pitcher Trevor Bauer Placed on Administrative Leave
Major League Baseball has placed Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Trevor Bauer on seven-day administrative leave, per an announcement several days ago.
MLB released a statement they are investigating allegations made against Bauer that he sexually assaulted a woman.
Here is MLB’s statement on placing Trevor Bauer on administrative leave for seven days. pic.twitter.com/Nvd5o9LsHo
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 2, 2021
The Pasadena Police Department has been investigating Bauer for assault since mid-May.
A woman filed a domestic violence restraining order against him that was executed on June 28.
There have been no formal charges filed, and a hearing has been scheduled for July 23.
The allegations against Bauer are severe and will take time for the investigation to be completed.
MLB’s administrative leave can be renewed every seven days until investigations are complete and the player is exonerated or suspended.
Suspensions are backdated to the beginning of the placement on administrative leave.
Angels Shohei Ohtani And Nationals Kyle Schwarber Selected as Players of the Month
Los Angeles Angels two-way superstar Shohei Ohtani and Washington Nationals outfielder Kyle Schwarber were selected as players of the month for June.
Twenty nine combined homers will get the job done.
— MLB (@MLB) July 2, 2021
Ohtani posted a .309 batting average with 13 home runs and a 1.312 OPS as a hitter in June and earned two wins as a starting pitcher, with three quality starts in five outings.
The 13 home runs in June by Ohtani led the American League.
Ohtani put on a Sho in June.
— MLB Stats (@MLBStats) July 3, 2021
Schwarber had 16 home runs during the month, which led the majors.
A record-setting 16 leadoff HR in June will earn you Player of the Month honors.
— MLB Stats (@MLBStats) July 3, 2021
He hit 12 of those homers during a 10-game span from June 19-29, tying Albert Belle in 1995 for the most home runs in a 10-game span in MLB history.
The 16 homers in June occurred in an 18-game span, tying the record set by Sammy Sosa in 1998 and matched by Barry Bonds in 2001.
Ohtani and Schwarber each earned their first career player of the month award.
The last Angels player to earn the honor was Mike Trout in September 2018, and the previous Nationals player was Ryan Zimmerman in April 2017.
New York Yankees Chairman Hal Steinbrenner Makes Remarks About Exceeding Luxury Tax
New York Yankees chairman Hal Steinbrenner commented a couple of days ago about exceeding the luxury tax threshold, per Lindsey Adler of The Athletic.
Hal Steinbrenner on exceeding the luxury tax threshold this year:
"I would absolutely consider, if a piece comes up that I think is a good piece and baseball ops thinks is a good piece and something we should do, I would *absolutely* consider it."
— Lindsey Adler (@lindseyadler) July 1, 2021
He said, “I would absolutely consider, if a piece comes up that I think is a good piece and baseball ops thinks is a good piece and something we should do, I would absolutely consider it.”
The Yankees had a quiet offseason, choosing to re-sign infielder DJ LeMahieu to a six-year, $90-million contract while bolstering the starting rotation with pitchers Jameson Taillon and Corey Kluber.
The Yankees have the second-highest payroll in MLB at $201 million, per Spotrac.
The team did not do much during the offseason because they wanted to remain under the luxury-tax threshold.
Though the Yankees have a high payroll, it has been a disappointing 2021 season as they are fourth in the AL East division.
- Chris is a 29-year old New Jersey native whose favorite sports team is the Arizona Diamondbacks. He previously attended Western New England College to study Sports Management. Chris has been following the Diamondbacks since he was 12. You can find him on Twitter at @aecanada12.
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