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"Bauer’s alleged actions clearly rise to the standard for an MLB investigation. There’s a TRO, there’s a hearing date, there’s a semi-public document with graphic details. Ken Rosenthal and many others are calling for MLB to step in to keep Bauer off the field for the moment, and I think they’re right. Use the seven-day leave built into the policy to investigate, and then move forward based on what you find. Whether it’s Bauer’s prominence, or just the speed at which this story has moved this week, MLB’s inaction is notable. Placing Bauer on administrative leave is the one thing it can do right now, and it should."