The equivalent of two full seasons and by far the most severe punishment handed out under the sport's domestic violence policy. 

Bauer promptly released a statement announcing he was appealing the suspension, thus becoming the first player to contest punishment through MLB's domestic violence policy.

"In the strongest possible terms, I deny committing any violation of the league's domestic violence and sexual assault policy," Bauer's statement read.  

"I am appealing this action and expect to prevail. As we have throughout this process, my representatives and I respect the confidentiality of the proceedings."

L.A. judge denied the woman a permanent restraining order in August, and the L.A. County District Attorney's Office declined to file criminal charges in February. 

But MLB has the autonomy to suspend players without a criminal conviction, and spoke to other women who also said they had been assaulted by Bauer.

Hours after the suspension was announced, The Washington Post published an interview with a woman from Columbus 

The Post reported that she spoke with MLB as part of its investigation into Bauer's conduct before the league issued its discipline.