The Yankees learned on Thursday that Domingo German, the young pitcher who won the team last season, will be suspended until the beginning of June due to Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy.
The league announced that the 27-year-old German had accepted an unpaid ban of 81 games due to an incident in September in which the German and his girlfriend, with whom he has at least one child, participated in his residence in Yonkers were. No criminal complaints have been filed against the German, who has agreed not to appeal the suspension.
German was put on administrative leave on September 19 as M.L.B. an investigation began, and he did not appear in regular season or postseason games for the rest of the year. During the investigation, he was banned from 18 games, which is why he was not approved for the Yankees' first 63 games this season. The 64th game of the Yankees is scheduled for June 5.
Since he has already missed a postseason due to the violation, the German can participate if the Yankees qualify for the postseason 2020 (although he is not allowed to participate in spring training games).
"We remain steadfast in supporting the major league baseball investigation and disciplinary action related to Domingo German," the Yankees said in a statement. "Domestic violence – in whatever form – is an extremely serious matter that affects every area of our society."
The statement added: "We are encouraged that Domingo accepts his discipline and we sincerely hope that this is a commitment to making meaningful and positive changes in his personal behavior."
German was 18-4 last season (his .818 winning percentage was the best in the major leagues), although his running average earned was a medium 4.03 and he only worked 143 innings. The Yankees, who had expected Germany to miss the season this season, have five reliable starters without him, including the newly acquired Gerrit Cole; Luis Severino; James Paxton; Masahiro Tanaka; and yes. Happ, with Jordan Montgomery as insurance.
The lock on the German is the fourth longest lock imposed since baseball's domestic violence policy was implemented in 2015 after Jose Torres (100 games in 2017), Odubel Herrera (85 games in 2019) and Hector Olivera (Atlanta) from the U.S. State Department in San Diego have played the last three games. 82 games in 2016). None of these players have appeared in the majors since his suspension.
Herrera hit a career low of 0.222 last season, and while he's under contract until 2021, the Phillies haven't committed to giving him a place on their 25-man squad. Like Herrera, Addison Russell, the Chicago Cubs shortstop, was an all-star in 2016, but has since slumped and reached a career low of .237 last season after graduating The Cubs have not offered a 2020 contract to Russell, a former franchise cornerstone who is now an unsigned free agent.
However, history shows that if a player is a star, teams are ready to use him even after a domestic violence suspension. The Yankees swapped a closer Aroldis Chapman for the 2016 season, though he faced discipline after an incident in which he fired eight shots from a pistol into his garage wall after a fight with his girlfriend in Davie, Florida put his hands around her neck. Chapman had a 30-game ban earlier this season and has been one of baseball's best closers to date.
Another top sewer, Roberto Osuna, moved from Toronto to Houston in 2018 when he was serving a 75-game ban on domestic violence. Osuna did well for the Astros, but his place on the team remains a controversial issue. When the Astros won the American League pennant in October, Deputy General Director Brandon Taubman bragged about leaving Osuna to a group of female reporters in the clubhouse. The outbreak – and the team's subsequent lies about what happened – led to Taubman's dismissal.