SAN FRANCISCO — Local pressure is mounting to punish San Francisco Giants CEO Larry Baer after a recording showed him scuffling with his wife in public earlier this month.
Leading the charge is a Bay Area coalition against domestic violence that said the team and Major League Baseball should "do what's right" after the brief video showed Baer's wife scream and fall from a chair as he grabbed a cellphone from her hand in a Hayes Valley plaza.
The San Francisco Police Department is investigating the incident, but the group, “Do What’s Right MLB” sent a letter calling for Baer to be disciplined, fined and suspended.
“We will not accept or tolerate the behavior we all witnessed on the video by anyone in the MLB,” Andrea Shorter told KCBS Radio. “We want the commissioner to administer significant and meaningful consequences.”
Noting that the SFPD’s investigation is ongoing, San Francisco Mayor London Breed also issued a statement today that said despite the outcome, the MLB needs to send a message that acts of violence against women are “unacceptable.”
“Every little girl, every woman should be able to attend a Giants game with a clear sense of the organization’s values,” Breed said in her statement. “I share in the call to action by the women who have written the commissioner calling for greater accountability. There must be a stronger public reaction and response to violence against women in our city and our country.”
In the "Do What's Right" letter, the group pointed toward professional baseball’s policy established in 2015 on domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse.
“While Mr. Baer has expressed regret for his behavior, we believe this incident represents more than an embarrassing private quarrel that spilled into public view,” the letter states. “It is a test of how seriously Major League Baseball views its responsibility to hold its leaders, as it does with its players, to the highest standards of personal conduct.”
Baer could not not immediately be reached for comment, but he has taken an indefinite leave of absence from the team. His attorney has called the fight an "incident" and so far no charges have been filed.
The couple has previously said the dispute entailed an argument over a family matter and that the issue was resolved.