Following a dramatic altercation with his wife on Friday that was captured on cellphone video and widely publicized, SF Giants President and CEO Larry Baer is taking a leave of absence.
The team announced the decision Monday, as the Chronicle reports, saying that the "executive team" from the Giants' board will manage in the interim — they did not name a single person as an acting president.
The Baers issued multiple statements following the incident, in which Larry Baer was seen forcibly trying to remove a cellphone from the hands of his wife Pam, who was subsequently knocked out of her chair in Hayes Valley's Proxy plaza.
Mr. Baer said he was sorry for "pain" he inflicted on his wife, children and the organization, and Mrs. Baer issued a separate statement saying the two remained "happily married," and that she was not physically hurt during the incident.
The statement from the team said, in part, "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."
The Chronicle note that Baer's leave of absence comes at an awkward moment when newly installed president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi needs executive input on recruitment decisions and transactions.
Chronicle sports columnist Ann Killion posed the question on Saturday as whether the Giants would be holding Baer to the same standard they would a player who was videotaped in a similar incident. "If it had been a young player in that video, one not particularly well-known, what would the Giants do?" Killion asked, answering the question herself and saying that player would likely be suspended.