San Francisco Giants CEO Larry Baer is taking a leave of absence after a video was released Friday showing a public altercation with his wife.
The video — released by TMZ — showed the Giants executive grabbing a cellphone from his wife’s hands while the couple was at a park. Baer’s wife, Pam, eventually fell to the ground while screaming.
“The Board of Directors of San Francisco Baseball Associates is closely monitoring the matter involving Giants President and CEO Larry Baer,” the Giants said in a statement. “Pursuant to League policy, Major League Baseball is taking the lead in gathering all facts surrounding the situation. The organization is cooperating fully with the process.
“Mr. Baer has acknowledged that his behavior was unacceptable, apologized to the organization and is committed to taking steps to make sure that this never happens again. He has also requested, and the Board has accepted, his request to take personal time away from the Giants beginning today. The Board has asked the Giants executive team to manage the day to day operations of the Club during this period, reporting directly to the Board.”
Baer was named Giants COO in May 1996. He was named team president in 2008 and became CEO in 2012.
“As leaders in the community, we at the Giants hold ourselves to the highest standards and those standards will guide how we consider this matter moving forward,” the Giants said. “We have no further comment at this time.”
The Giants have not named a replacement for Baer.
EARLIER: Video shows San Francisco Giants CEO Larry Baer physical altercation with wife
San Francisco Giants CEO Larry Baer was captured on video Friday having a public argument with his wife that turned physical, and Major League Baseball later released a statement saying it would investigate the incident.
The video, which was taken at a San Francisco plaza and published by TMZ, shows Baer reaching over his wife, Pam Baer, who was sitting in a chair, to take something out of her hand. The chair flipped over, and she fell to the ground, screaming.
Larry Baer spoke with the San Francisco Chronicle after the incident.
“My wife and I had an unfortunate public argument related to a family member, and she had an injured foot and she fell off her chair in the course of the argument,” he said. “The matter is resolved. It was a squabble over a cell phone. Obviously, it’s embarrassing.”
Baer said he apologized to his wife, and police were not contacted.
The couple later released a statement through the Giants, saying: “Regrettably today we had a heated argument in public over a family matter. We are deeply embarrassed by the situation and have resolved the issue.”
Here’s the Larry Baer video from TMZ. Not good. pic.twitter.com/KSF2mK1LUz
— Dieter Kurtenbach (@dkurtenbach) March 1, 2019
MLB issued a statement about the incident on Friday afternoon:
“Major League Baseball is aware of the incident and, just like any other situation like this, will immediately begin to gather the facts. We will have no further comment until this process is completed.”
The Chronicle reporter tweeted that two witnesses at the scene said they intervened and separated the couple. He also tweeted a photo of police at the scene talking to witnesses.
Baer has been the Giants’ “control person” since 2011, representing the franchise at owners’ meetings. He has been instrumental in the club’s rise to baseball’s upper-middle class since aiding the late Peter Magowan in purchasing the club in 1992 — from the signing of Barry Bonds to the development of Oracle Park, the Giants’ waterfront home that opened in 2000