Major League Baseball has issued Domingo German an 81-game suspension for violating the Joint MLB-MLBPA Domestic Violence policy, reports Hannah Keyser of Yahoo Sports. The first 18 days were served while on administrative leave, so he will miss 63 games in 2020. German will not appeal the decision. A statement released by the Commissioner's Office notes that the 27-year-old will also make a contribution to a New York-based organization supporting victims of domestic violence.
News of German’s violation emerged on Sept. 19th, 2019. Reports conflicted on the nature of the incident, but all parties addressed the seriousness of the allegations. According to Bob Klapisch, German allegedly slapped his girlfriend at a public event. He also notes that a representative from the Commissioner’s Office observed the incident. Lindsey Adler, on the other hand, says the incident took place at German’s residence and an MLB official did not directly witness it.
The Yankees released this statement at the time of the report:
We fully support all measures being undertaken by the Commissioner’s Office pursuant to the Policy on Domestic Violence. We support this policy which reinforces that domestic violence has no place in our society and cannot be tolerated. We have followed the lead of Major League Baseball and will continue to provide our complete cooperation throughout the investigative process. We reserve any further comment until the investigation reaches its conclusion. All questions pertaining to this matter should be directed to the Office of the Commissioner.
Neither German nor the Yankees have commented yet on the official suspension.
This remains a developing situation. Pinstripe Alley will have more information as it becomes available.