Matt Harvey received a 60 game suspension for the distribution of drugs which played a role in the death of former Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs. Harvey had previously testified in court that he gave opioids to Skaggs. He was granted legal immunity but still received the 60 game suspension from MLB. Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer recently was handed a two-year, 324 game suspension from MLB after the league determined he failed to uphold their Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Child Abuse Policy.
Bauer is currently appealing the suspension. He also immeditaely questioned the length of Harvey's suspension following MLB's announcement.
Matt Harvey admitted under oath in federal court to distributing drugs — a felony in CA — among other illegal activities like taking drugs himself, in a case where a teammate died. “60 games”.
Matt Harvey admitted under oath in federal court to distributing drugs — a felony in CA — among other illegal activities like taking drugs himself, in a case where a teammate died. “60 games”. https://t.co/TKgeB2lW0g
— Trevor Bauer (トレバー・バウアー) (@BauerOutage) May 18, 2022
The Dodgers' pitcher was in shock following the Matt Harvey news. He couldn't believe that the league suspended Harvey for less than a season for what he did, but suspended Bauer for 324 games after Bauer's legal charges were dropped.
Social media reacted to Trevor Bauer's suspension comparison. There is even a “Free Bauer” movement trending online.
— TONY (@LAtony213) May 18, 2022
Never forget Matt Harvey received only a 60 game suspension for committing a felony and providing drugs to a person that wound up dying.
Trevor Bauer’s appeal just got a WHOLE lot more interesting. 👀
— Payton Peterson (@Payton1Peterson) May 18, 2022
This certainly could be a factor in Bauer's appeal process.
It was reported that the Dodgers will likely end up cutting Bauer even if he wins his appeal. And the majority of teams would be hesitant to sign the controversial pitcher out of the gate. So a winning appeal does not immediately signal an MLB return for Trevor Bauer.
But it will be interesting to see if this Matt Harvey suspension ends up working in his favor.