Via: ESPN: New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman has been suspended 30 games by commissioner Rob Manfred under Major League Baseball’s new domestic violence policy for his involvement in an alleged incident in October. Chapman will not appeal the suspension, the first handed out under a policy that MLB and the Major League Baseball Players Association jointly agreed to in August following several high-profile incidents among NFL players.”I want to be clear, I did not in any way harm my girlfriend that evening. However, I should have exercised better judgment with respect to certain actions, and for that I am sorry,” Chapman said in a statement.
If you aren’t familiar with this story, back in October Chapman got in a fight with his girlfriend and went out into his garage and fired off a couple rounds from a handgun at nothing in particular. Somehow this turned into a domestic violence case but no charges were ever pressed against Chapman and his girlfriend has said she should not have involved the police. Yesterday, the MLB finally handed down it’s punishment and it’s going to be a 30 game suspension for a violation of the league’s new Domestic Violence Policy. Now I understand with everything that has gone on in the NFL over the past couple years that MLB needed to take a strong stance on this hot button issue. But 30 games for an incident where nobody was hurt and no domestic violence actually occurred?! Really?? Pretty much the MLB is saying that players are not allowed to be angry and if they are caught it’s going to be a 30 game suspension. Because make no mistake about it this is now the ground floor for Domestic Violence Policy violations, they aren’t going to come across a case that is less severe than this one. Jose Reyes, who has an actual criminal charge pending for domestic abuse right now, has to be looking at a 100 game suspension minimum. Which don’t get me wrong is completely appropriate in any instance where there was any harm done. But it just seems like in Chapman’s case MLB wanted to bring the hammer down hard the first time they got to swing it.
In the grand scheme of things a 30 game suspension for a closer isn’t that big of a deal. Especially for the Yankees who have a great back end of the bullpen even without the Cuban Missile. He will probably miss out on like 10 innings early in the year and will come back fresh to provide relief for Betances and Miller. Until then we will stick with the guys we know.