Major League Baseball announced on Friday Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer a 324

game suspension, equivalent to two full-time seasons

and the harshest punishment under the game's domestic violence policy.

Bauer immediately issued a statement announcing that he would appeal the discipline,

becoming the first player to appeal a conviction under MLB's domestic violence policy.

Bauer said in a statement that "we most strongly deny any violation of the League's policy on domestic violence and se*ual harassment.

“I will appeal this action and I hope to win. In this process

I and my agent respect the confidentiality of the process."