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No Charges Against San Francisco Giants CEO Larry Baer For Altercation With Wife

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — The San Francisco District Attorney’s Office said Tuesday it would not file charges against Giants CEO Larry Baer following a physical altercation with his wife which was caught on camera.

Baer was placed on leave by the team after the release of the video, which shows Baer standing over his wife of nearly 30 years, Pam, as she’s seated and grappling with her over a cellphone, which sends her tumbling to the ground.

Baer apologized and took a leave of absence from the team following the confrontation. Major League Baseball said it would investigate the incident.

Max Szabo, a spokesman for District Attorney George Gascón said in a statement Tuesday, “After a careful review of the relevant evidence, including multiple videos, statements from several witnesses and the parties themselves, the evidence does not support filing criminal charges.”

On Monday, San Francisco Mayor London Breed and domestic violence victim advocates called on MLB to suspend Baer for the incident. A spokesman for the mayor said Tuesday she stands by her previous statement and reiterated that the league “needs to send a clear message that violence against women is not acceptable in any way.”

The Giants declined to comment in response to the DA’s decision, saying it would wait until MLB completed its review of the case.

Domestic violence victims advocate Kathy Black says she respects the DA’s decision, but still believes the league should sanction and even fine Baer because the incident violates the league’s policies on “physical altercations.”

“Perception is: he’s a rich owner, he might get away with whatever, right? And I think there’s a danger to that,” said Black.

Andrea Shorter, part of a newly formed group called “Do What’s Right MLB,” also wants Baer to face some sort of punishment.

“It is about what sort of message, what sort of consequences… and what sort of leadership and accountability can we expect moving forward. What can the MLB do? And we are asking, challenging, and supporting that they do what’s right,” said Shorter.

Mayor Breed Calls For Larry Baer’s Suspension From San Francisco Giants

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — San Francisco Mayor London Breed joined a group of Bay Area domestic violence victim advocates Monday, calling for San Francisco Giants CEO Larry Baer be suspended by Major League Baseball after he was captured on cell phone video pushing his wife to the ground.

Baer has apologized for the March 1st incident and is currently on a leave of absence from the team.

“When the incident first occurred involving Larry Baer and his wife, the San Francisco Police Department immediately began an investigation,” Breed wrote in support of the call for Baer’s suspension. “That investigation is ongoing, but regardless of the outcome, Major League Baseball needs to send a message that any and all acts of violence against women is unacceptable.”

The San Francisco District Attorney’s office is also reviewing the case of the tug of war over a cell phone that took place in Hayes Valley..

On the video, Baer and his wife of nearly 30 years got struggle over the cell phone during which she was knocked to the ground.

The video was taken by a bystander was purchased by TMZ and featured on the company’s website. The couple issued a statement at the time saying they are both “deeply embarrassed.”

Baer issued an apology through the Giants on March 4th and announced he would take a leave of absence from the team. He did not say how long his leave would be.

On Monday, a letter sent to Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred from a group that included several Bay Area leaders from groups ranging from La Casa de las Madres to the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women was made public.

“Our goal is to underscore the serious nature of Mr. Baer’s actions and the need for the commissioner to impose consequences that are fair, firm and in line with the principles and policy of Major League Baseball,” the group wrote in the letter.

Among the actions being sought from Manfred according to the San Francisco Chronicle were — Baer’s suspension from Major League Baseball and the Giants, a strong public statement that MLB will not accept or tolerate such behavior from an owner and a CEO and a financial penalty that exceeds the minimum levied against players for domestic violence and physical abuse.

Breed joined in the call for a formal MLB suspension.

“While Mr. Baer has apologized and expressed remorse for his behavior, it does not excuse his actions and it does not erase what transpired,” she wrote. “Mr. Baer’s actions were serious and wrong. We are a City that loves and supports our San Francisco Giants, and that means holding our organization and its leaders to the highest of standards.”

“Every little girl, every woman should be able to attend a Giants game with a clear sense of the organization’s values.”

In a prepared statement to the San Francisco Chronicle, Giant’s spokeswoman Staci Slaughter said:

“We have worked closely with the mayor and with many of the women who authored the letter and we deeply respect them and their work in the community. We take this matter very seriously and we appreciate their concerns. Because it is currently under review, we have no further comment at this time.”

Old Giants Spring Training Home Could Have Been A Baseball Paradise

CASA GRANDE, ARIZONA (KPIX) – The road sign says Candlestick. Never mind that the sign is exactly 806 miles from the site where the baseball stadium used to sit.

I am more taken aback by the immediate surroundings. Dirt fields that stretch for miles, and cactus that remind me that I’m not in San Francisco anymore. Then, just beyond the sign, a hotel. The Francisco Casa Grande, standing alone in the middle of the Arizona desert.

It almost looks like a mistake. Like something you’d see in Old Town Scottsdale 54 miles to the north, surrounded by the hustle and bustle of spring training.

Once upon a time, the sounds of baseball were here. The lonely, quiet desert oasis was home to Horace Stoneham’s dream. The former Giants owner who brought the team from New York to San Francisco, envied Branch Rickey’s Dodgertown in Vero Beach.

Stoneham brought this plot of land and built his version of Dodgertown beginning in 1959. He built one of the longest golf courses in the country. The parking lot was shaped like a catcher’s mitt, the hotel roof formed in the bill of a baseball cap and the swimming pool looked like a baseball bat.

For the business-minded Stoneham, the Francisco Casa Grande would be far more than a spring training site for his major and minor league players. Stoneham envisioned his desert paradise as a destination for stars, fans, and those who just wanted to escape to the peace and tranquility of the desert.

John Wayne always stayed in room 804. He used the hotel as his home-away-from home while shooting westerns. He would hang out at the lobby bar and he’d buy guests drinks and tell the bartender to keep the change.

John Wayne’s suite at the Francisco Casa Grande Hotel.

Among Wayne’s hotel neighbors was Willie Mays and Willie McCovey, the only two Giants allowed to stay in the high rise. The rest of the roster was confined to what pitcher Jim Barr called, ‘the barracks,” small rooms with two bunk beds.

A walk down the hotel hallways takes you back in time. All those Giants greats adorn the walls. Gaylord Perry, Juan Marichal, Orlando Cepeda and the two Willies.

Outside are the remnants of all the baseball fields that surrounded an observation tower where the Giants brass could watch their talented players.

I stood on the observation tower for several minutes. My favorite Giants played here. They were my heroes. I imagined seeing a young Al Gallagher at third base or Ken Henderson in left field or Tito Fuentes flipping his bat at home plate. I wondered what their conversations were like. It was the glorious days before free agency where you literally grew up with these guys and the only player movement came in the morning paper with a headline, “Giants Trade Willie Mays!”

The observation tower at Casa Grande

The baseball mecca that Stoneham envisioned never really materialized. The freeway that he thought would be built next to his resort was constructed miles away. The Giants left for Scottsdale in 1982.

Today, the Francisco Casa Grande is a golf resort. They tell me former players still come back to take their own trips down memory lane. Baseball fans sit at the bar and tell stories.

To me, the Francisco Casa Grande stands as a monument to Horace Stoneham’s dream.

Simpler times. Baseball. Just baseball.

San Francisco DA Still Reviewing Altercation Between Giants CEO Baer And Wife

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — The San Francisco District Attorney’s office on Friday confirmed they are reviewing the case of Giants CEO Larry Baer and the very public fight he had with his wife last week.

Baer and his wife of nearly 30 years got into a tug-of- war over a cell phone during which she was knocked to the ground.

It happened in Hayes Valley on March 1st. Video taken by a bystander was purchased by TMZ and featured on the company’s web site.

Baer’s attorney told the San Francisco Chronicle his wife’s fall was “an accident,” not a crime.

But the DA’s office and the San Francisco Police Department’s Special Investigations Division are looking into what happened.

The review of the case is standard procedure, San Francisco District Attorney’s Office spokesman Alex Bastian said, adding that he couldn’t be certain how long the review would take.

Authorities are still deciding whether to file criminal charges.

TMZ now reports the Baers have been interviewed by authorities and are cooperating. The couple issued a statement at the time saying they are both “deeply embarrassed.”

Baer issued an apology through the Giants on March 4th and announced he would take a leave of absence from the team. He did not say how long his leave would be.

Giants OF Maybin Arrested On Suspicion Of DUI

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — San Francisco Giants outfielder Cameron Maybin has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in Arizona.

Police confirmed Tuesday that the 31-year-old was stopped last week in Scottsdale, which is the team’s home during spring training.

Cameron Maybin (Scottsdale Police Department)

According to a police report, Maybin was detained around 2:30 a.m. Friday. An officer described him as smelling of alcohol and having bloodshot eyes.

Maybin told officers he had consumed five glasses of wine earlier at a restaurant. He was subsequently placed under arrest and taken to jail, where police drew a blood sample.

He was cited and released two hours later.

In a statement, the team said it was monitoring the situation but had no further comment.



SF Giants CEO Larry Baer Takes Leave After Altercation With Wife

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – San Francisco Giants President and CEO Larry Baer is taking a leave of absence from the team following the release of a video showing him in a physical altercation with his wife.

The Giants board of directors released a statement Monday saying that Baer has been granted a request to take personal time away from the team. The Giants executive team, including president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi, will manage the day-to-day operations of the team.

The board says the organization holds itself to the highest standards and that will “guide how we consider this matter moving forward.” The statement also said Major League Baseball is taking the lead in gathering the facts.

A video posted by TMZ on Friday showed Baer’s wife, Pam, was seated in a chair when he reached over her to grab for a cellphone in her right hand and she toppled sideways to the ground in the chair screaming “Oh my God!”

Witnesses saw the ordeal in the public plaza. Baer, holding the phone, says “Stop, Pam, stop,” then walks away alone.

Baer apologized for causing pain to his family and the Giants.

Baer was part of the ownership group that bought the Giants in 1992 to keep them in San Francisco, where the club won the World Series in 2010, ’12 and ’14. He took over as CEO on Jan. 1, 2012.

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Caught On Camera: San Francisco Giants CEO Larry Baer In Physical Altercation With Wife

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS) — San Francisco Giants CEO Larry Baer was seen in a confrontation with his wife that resulted in her falling out of a chair and onto the ground in an incident caught on video Friday.

The video, published by TMZ Sports, was shot by an eyewitness who saw the couple in a public park.

In the video, Baer is seen forcibly grabbing something from the hand of his wife, Pam, as she tumbles to the ground and screams. It then shows others in the park yelling back and forth. Baer appears to yell, “Stop, Pam. Stop.”

The San Francisco Police Department said they are “looking into alleged the incident.”

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Giants Lose Bryce Harper Sweepstakes As Superstar Slugger Signs With Phillies

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS13/CBS Sports) – Arguably the best free agent of the last 18 years has a new team. Bryce Harper has agreed to a free agent contract with the Philadelphia Phillies, Jon Heyman reports. CBS Sports HQ baseball insider Jim Bowden confirms the report and adds that the deal is worth $330 million, breaking Giancarlo Stanton’s record $325 million contract he signed with the Marlins in November of 2014.

Harper, 26, authored a .249/.393/.496 (133 OPS+) batting line with 34 home runs and an MLB best 130 walks last season. Sketchy defense dragged his overall production down to 1.3 WAR, though the poor defensive ratings are an outlier compared to the rest of his career. He consistently rated as an average or better defender prior to 2018.

As recently as 2017, Harper was a .319/.413/.595 (156 OPS+) hitter who amassed 29 homers and 4.7 WAR in 111 games around a fluke knee injury suffered when he slipped on a wet base. He has hit .267/.391/.505 (133 OPS+) in 417 games since his MVP season in 2015, and he has averaged 32 homers and 4.8 WAR per 162 games in his career.

Harper had met several times with San Francisco Giants representatives as part of his search for a new team. The Giants were reportedly discussing deals of at least 10 years for Harper.

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