SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants president and CEO Larry Baer was suspended without pay until July 2, MLB announced Tuesday morning.
Baer has been away from the organization since March 4, when he requested that the Giants' board of directors allow him to take personal time away from the team. Three days earlier, TMZ published a video of a public altercation between Baer and his wife, Pam.
While Baer was not charged by authorities, MLB immediately opened an investigation into the incident and converted that leave into a suspension Tuesday. Baer will have no involvement with the club during his suspension, and he'll be required to undergo an evaluation by an expert to determine an appropriate treatment and counseling plan.
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement that he met with Baer, and concluded that his conduct was unacceptable under MLB policies.
"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 in a statement. "Based on my conversation with Mr. Baer, it is clear that he regrets what transpired and takes responsibility for his conduct."
Baer put out his own statement shortly after the announcement.
"I respect and accept the Commissioner's decision, and appreciate the fair and thorough process undertaken by MLB and the Giants," he said. "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 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 have divided Baer's duties among an executive team, and there have been noticeable changes at a couple of recent events. Baer traditionally speaks at the Giants' annual media day, but the team and ballpark updates were given by team vice presidents Staci Slaughter, Alfonso Felder and Mario Alioto.
At the Play Ball Lunch on Monday, the team was represented by Rob Dean, the son-in-law of former majority owner Sue Burns. Dean is the designated representative of the board and will serve as acting CEO.
In a statement, the Giants said Baer will return as CEO and president when his suspension is over, but the team will appoint a new control person with MLB.