Minnesota Twins third baseman Miguel Sano will not be suspended by Major League Baseball after being accused of assault.
The commissioner’s office said in a statement on Friday “there was insufficient evidence to support a disciplinary determination against Sano, due to conflicting and inconsistent witness accounts and the absence of contemporaneous substantiation.”
Sano was accused of assault in December by a photographer who has covered the Twins. She posted on Twitter that Sano, an All-Star third baseman, forcibly attempted to kiss her following an autograph session at a mall in 2015.
Betsy Bissen tweeted she screamed and resisted Sano until he gave up “after a solid 10 minutes of fighting.” Bissen, who has worked for publications including the popular fan blog Twins Daily, said in her tweet she long feared telling her story would cost her access to photograph Twins games.
In 2015, M.L.B. and its players union unveiled a new policy covering domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse. Commissioner Rob Manfred has the power to levy discipline, with no minimum or maximum penalty, following an investigation.
M.L.B. said its investigation conducted interviews of more than 20 individuals, including Sano and the complainant.