Giants CEO Larry Baer suspended by MLB without pay through July 1


Giants CEO Larry Baer suspended by MLB without pay through July 1

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.

Madison Bumgarner waiting for results to match improved stuff on mound

Madison Bumgarner waiting for results to match improved stuff on mound

PHOENIX -- More than anything else -- the injuries, the rebuilding, the trade rumors -- Madison Bumgarner is frustrated by the losing.

So he was happy on Saturday night after getting backed by eight runs in the Giants' win over the Diamondbacks, but he was also perplexed. 

"It's a weird game," he said.

Bumgarner was referring to his own results. His stuff has taken a noticeable tick up in the last four starts, but he was charged with four runs in 6 1/3 innings on Saturday and has given up 11 earned in those four appearances. That's certainly not bad by any means, but it's not quite what he expects given how the ball is coming out of his hand. 

"I feel like I'm throwing the ball as good as I ever have," Bumgarner said. "The results not being there is frustrating."

Bumgarner's fastball and cutter again had a little extra zip on Saturday, and he hit 93 mph with eight pitches. He had done it 14 total times in his first nine starts. His fastball averaged a season-high 92.4 mph and his cutter was coming in at 88, but the pesky Diamondbacks kept making him work and eventually knocked him out in the seventh, when Bumgarner hit 93.2 mph with his last fastball of the game. That was his 10th-hardest pitch of the season. 

"Today I felt the best I've felt all year," he said of his command. "And somehow you look at the line and you walk three and give up four runs. It just doesn't match up. That's the frustrating part of the game."

Bumgarner shrugged it off, noting a couple of times how weird baseball can be.

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The results will come eventually, but by then he may be pitching in another uniform. There were plenty of scouts at Chase Field on Saturday to get a close eye at Bumgarner, and if the velocity bump sticks around and the command is still there, he could be the biggest name moved before the trade deadline. 

Giants designate Aaron Altherr for assignment after just one at-bat


Giants designate Aaron Altherr for assignment after just one at-bat

PHOENIX -- Even Michael Reed thinks the Aaron Altherr Era was short. 

Altherr, picked up on a waiver claim eight days ago, was designated for assignment by the Giants on Sunday morning to open a roster spot for Drew Pomeranz, who is returning from the Injured List to start the finale against the Diamondbacks. 

Altherr was active for four games but got just one pinch-hit at-bat, striking out. His time in the organization may not be up, though. The Giants will hope to get Altherr through waivers and stash him in Triple-A as they have done with others, and perhaps he could return later this season to get a true look in the outfield. 

For now, there's no space. Steven Duggar and Kevin Pillar are entrenched and the Giants remain committed to giving Mac Williamson an extended look in left field. Altherr even found it tough to get pinch-hit at-bats, as Tyler Austin is ahead of him in the "right-handed hitting outfielder" pecking order. It was not realistic to carry five outfielders much longer. 

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Pomeranz will make his eighth start on Sunday. He has a 5.93 ERA in his first season with the Giants.