Things are not looking good for the New York Yankees and one of the club’s star pitchers as the start of the 2020 Major League Baseball season approaches.
Domingo German has been hit by the MLB with an 81-game suspension due to the pitcher’s alleged violation of the league’s domestic abuse policy, a suspension he has accepted and agreed not to appeal. The suspension stems from an alleged domestic violence incident in Sept. 2019 that resulted in German being placed on administrative leave while an investigation was conducted.
The administrative leave caused German to miss the final nine regular season games of the 2019 season as well as the nine postseason playoff games the Yankees played in, and those missed games will count toward the total suspension. Barring any new developments, German will be allowed to return to the mound for the Yankees after 63 games in 2020, which would be on June 5.
The suspension will prove quite costly for the 27-year-old pitcher, who has a salary of $577,500 per year. The missed games in 2019 cost him $35,153, and the missed games to start the 2020 season will cost him about $225,000. On top of that, he will be required to enroll in a treatment program and make a donation to a non-profit group that aids victims of domestic violence.
In a statement from the Yankees organization, the team said, “We are encouraged by Domingo’s acceptance of his discipline, and we sincerely hope this indicates a commitment to making a meaningful and positive change in his personal conduct.”
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