Following his 81-game suspension for domestic abuse in 2019, Yankees hurler Domingo German is set to return to the club in 2021.
The question coming into Spring Training was what should the Yankees do with Domingo German. After a long suspension, German addressed the media for the first time.
“I want to take this opportunity before answering questions to sincerely apologize to the Steinbrenner family, my teammates, the front office, and those around me who love me,” said German. “I have made mistakes of which I am not proud of, and for that, I want to apologize.”
With Luis Severino not slated to return until June or July and Clarke Schmidt now out for at least 3-4 months the Yankees are in need of German’s services, even if it’s to the chagrin of some teammates.
“I don’t think [German] owes anything to me,” Zack Britton said. “I think it’s off-the-field stuff that he needs to take care of. Sometimes you don’t get to control who your teammates are.”
This isn’t the first time a Yankee pitcher has been accused of domestic abuse. In October of 2015, then Red’s pitcher Aroldis Chapman was also involved in a physical confrontation involving his girlfriend. Chapman was accused of pushing and choking her before he went into his garage to fire his gun eight times.
Since then, Chapman helped the Cubs win their first World Series in over a century and recently had his contract with the Yankees extended through 2022.
The point being, the Yankees and their players didn’t react as strongly when the domestic violence involved a generational talent. In fact, there was very little discussion of it in the years following and no team suspension issued. Just a measly 30 games from Major League Baseball.
I’m not condoning any of German’s actions. They were absolutely horrible. However the disconnect between how the Yankees reacted to Chapman versus how they are reacting to German is puzzling and certainly something to watch as he tries to prove himself to his teammates, organization, and many fans heading into the 2021 season.