New York Yankees pitcher Aroldis Chapman has been suspended by Major League Baseball, becoming the first player suspended under the new domestic violence policy in baseball.
In early December, Chapman was nearly traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers before news broke about Chapman reportedly choked his girlfriend and also fired off a gun eight times while in his garage at his home.
The following statement was released by Major League Baseball:
“The Major League Baseball Players Association and its members do not condone the mistreatment of others by playing or non-playing personnel. At the same time, the MLBPA remains committed to protecting and ensuring the rights granted to Players under the applicable provisions of the sport’s new Joint Policy on Domestic Violence. As such, the MLBPA supports Mr. Chapman’s decision to forgo his right to an appeal.”
What makes the case interesting is that no arrest had to take place for this suspension to be laid down by Major League Baseball. It is a big step by the sport to bring zero-tolerance towards domestic abuse, and Chapman provided the awareness needed to show what punishment would take place right away.
Another veteran, Rockies’ shortstop Jose Reyes, also has a case against him at the moment, in regards to a case of abuse towards a family member, which had apparently taken place on October 31st.
Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred has a lot on his plate in regards to this new policy, but it is a big step in right direction for the sport… a step other sport organizations can follow in the future.