Pirates right-hander Chris Archer dropped his appeal and began serving a five-game suspension Sunday for setting off a benches-clearing altercation on April 7.
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Pittsburgh Pirates starter Chris Archer received a five-game suspension and Cincinnati Reds outfielder Yasiel Puig got a two-game ban for their roles in a melee Sunday at PNC Park.
Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. announced that San Francisco Giants President & Chief Executive Officer Larry Baer has been suspended without pay through and including July 1, 2019. Baer’s leave of absence, which commenced on March 4, 2019, will be converted to an unpaid suspension.
During the period of his suspension, Baer shall have no involvement in the operations of the Giants. 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.
Commissioner Manfred issued the following statement regarding the discipline:
“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.”
Houston Astros pitcher Francis Martes has been suspended for 80 games following a positive test for the banned performance-enhancing drug Clomiphene.
The anti-estrogen substance is used in fertility treatments and is employed by men to accelerate testosterone production. It is often taken along with steroids.
The Astros said in a statement that "we hope that Francis can learn from this experience and that he returns to have a successful career."
Boston Red Sox right-hander Steven Wright has been suspended 80 games after testing positive for Growth Hormone Releasing Peptide 2.
Wright won't be paid during the suspension and he'll be placed on the restricted list. He won't be eligible to pitch in the postseason.
The Red Sox released the following statement:
"The Boston Red Sox fully support Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program and its efforts to eliminate performance-enhancing substances from the game. While we are disappointed by the news of this violation, we will look to provide the appropriate support to Steven at this time. Going forward, the club will not comment further on the matter."
Larry Baer has been granted a leave of absence from the San Francisco Giants following the release of a video showing him in a physical altercation with his wife.
The Giants board of directors released a statement that said Baer had made a request that was accepted to take personal time away.
The Giants executive team, including president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi, will manage the day-to-day operations. The other members of that team are executive vice president of business operations Mario Alioto, executive vice president and general counsel Jack Bair, executive vice president of administration Alfonso Felder, and executive vice president of communications Staci Slaughter.
Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia has been suspended five games and fined an undisclosed amount for his actions in Thursday's contest against the Rays.
Major League Baseball announced the penalties Saturday, two days after Sabathia was ejected for plunking Rays catcher Jesus Sucre in apparent retaliation.
Sabathia has decided to appeal the suspension, which was scheduled to be served at the beginning of the 2019 season.
Yasiel Puig has been suspended two games and fined an undisclosed amount for his actions in Tuesday night's game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants.
Unless he appeals, Puig's suspension will begin Friday against the Seattle Mariners.
Puig swatted his bat in frustration after fouling off a pitch, and Hundley said something to him while still in his crouch. Puig turned around and walked toward Hundley, the catcher stood up and they stood face to face and argued for a moment before Puig shoved Hundley twice.
That brought players out of the dugouts and bullpens. Puig's teammates held him back, but he managed to get back to Hundley and hit him again.
Major League Baseball has suspended Jose Urena for six games and fined him an undisclosed amount for intentionally hitting Ronald Acuna, Jr. on Wednesday night.
The hit-by-pitch led to a benches-clearing scuffle.
Acuna had homered in five straight games, including the last three against the Miami Marlins.
Urena is 3-12 with a 4.74 ERA in 24 starts.
Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano apologized to his teammates, the organization and the fans for his 80-game suspension for violating baseball's drug agreement.
Cano tested positive for Furosemide, a diuretic that can be used to mask performance-enhancing drugs.