Sunday, February 21, 2016


According to reports circling around Major League Baseball's new domestic violence policy, the Yankees new closer, Aroldis Chapman could be banned from spring training.  The New York Daily News is reporting that even though the Yankees knew going in the 2016 season that Chapman could be subject to discipline by the incoming Commissioner through the newly passed domestic violence policy, they did not know that this punishment could come sooner rather than later.  "The Daily News has learned that Chapman's discipline could also include a ban from participation in spring training, meaning his time in Yankees' camp could be cut short if Commissioner Rob Manfred rules on the case in the coming days as expected."

This could really start the season with drama; something we have grown accustomed over the last few years.  Last year it was Alex Rodriguez and "the would he be ready" BS, the year before was Derek Jeter's last season fanfare and this year it's Chapman. "Players that have been suspended for performance-enhancing drug violations have been allowed to take part in spring training activities - including exhibition games - before serving their suspensions during the regular season. But baseball's new domestic violence policy - which was agreed upon by Major League Baseball and the players association in August - gives Manfred a lot of leeway to institute any punishment he believes is appropriate," reports the News.

Chapman said he would appeal his suspension, whenever it comes, which could be from the training facilities, minor league or major league camp or at the start of the 2016 season.  According to an MLB spokesman, the Chapman case is still under review.  And according to Yankee General Manager, Brian Cashman, the Yankees will support whatever decision is made.

I guess we will wait and see what unveils.  Baseball needs to demonstrate no tolerance when it comes to domestic violence or any other unprofessional, unthinkable act made by its players.  It is just a shame that Chapman has to be the first case and the Yankees have to deal with this along with all of the other issues they as they enter the 2016 season.

-Suzie Pinstripe, BYB Senior Staff Writer
BYB Hot Stove Columnist
Twitter: @suzieprof

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