It’s Time to Cut Domingo German From The Yankees
by Owen Hetherington
February 24, 2021
Since pitchers and catchers reported, rather than talking baseball, there has also been much press about Domingo German and the domestic abuse situation he was involved in back in 2019. Since that time, Domingo German has been nothing but a distraction and black eye for the Yankees organization. This has continued right up until the present. It has been a negative story that has impacted Yankees’ camp right from the start.
First, Zack Britton made some comments about the right-hander in a press conference last week stating, “sometimes you don’t get to control who your teammates are”. He also said that German has “no place inside of this game”.
In case you forgot what transpired with German, he was placed on administrative leave from the Yankees back in September of 2019 for his involvement in a domestic violence incident with his girlfriend at CC Sabathia’s charity event.
Much of the details from this event have not been released, but Lindsey Adler from The Athletic described specifics of the event in a recent article she posted.
Because of his actions at that event, in January of 2020, German was suspended by Major League Baseball for 81 games. He did not appeal the suspension. This caused him to miss the entire 2020 season. The Yankees put out this statement on January 2nd regarding the incident:
Statement from the New York Yankees regarding MLB’s discipline of Domingo Germán: pic.twitter.com/huqHbYnJPA — New York Yankees (@Yankees) January 2, 2020
I think the Yankees should have made the necessary moves to cut German from the team at that time. There is no room for domestic violence in the game of baseball, especially in an organization as highly respected as the Yankees.
Back in 2016, before he was a Yankee, closer Aroldis Chapman was suspended 30 games for involvement with a domestic violence dispute. It was after that situation that he was traded to the Yankees. He then joined the team following his suspension.
If I was in the front office making decisions, I would have not have traded for Chapman. I would have set a higher standard for the team. In a way, by acquiring Chapman in 2016, the Yankees put themselves in a situation where they seem handcuffed with German.
Zack Britton’s comments demonstrate German’s teammates dissatisfaction regarding the situation. My initial thoughts when I watched the Britton press conference were how bad this all is for the locker room and for the franchise as a whole.
On Sunday, German released a statement before he was set to make his first media appearance since arriving to Spring Training.
Domingo Germán has released a statement pic.twitter.com/e7tdKQSAhy — Talkin’ Yanks (@TalkinYanks) February 21, 2021
This wasn’t a surprise after Britton made comments about German. I’m sure that he realized the importance of addressing his individual teammates regarding the situation before the media.
Zack Britton on Domingo Germán’s return to the Yankees: “Sometimes, you don’t get to control who your teammates are. I don’t agree with what he did, I don’t think it has any place in the game or off the field at all.” pic.twitter.com/BjysY4XnS6 — Yankees Videos (@snyyankees) February 18, 2021
Boone followed up on Domingo yesterday in his Zoom meeting with the press:
Domingo Germán addressed the Yankees as a team today, per Aaron Boone: “I thought it was impactful, I hope. The proof is in what’s ahead…hopefully we can all be there to support and help him become the best version of himself” pic.twitter.com/DKcbtsCyoZ — Yankees Videos (@snyyankees) February 23, 2021
I feel there is simply no room for domestic violence in the game.
Will the Yankees do anything else regarding the German situation? I think it is highly unlikely.
I wish they had stepped up and set a higher standard.