Aroldis Chapman is one of the more feared closers in major league baseball. The New York Yankees made a big splash in the offseason by trading for the 28-year-old from Cuba. Unfortunately the Bronx Bombers will have to wait a bit longer before Chapman can suit up in the regular season.
Commissioner Rob Manfred and the MLB have created a new domestic violence policy which will finally start to punish players for committing such crimes. As a result, Aroldis Chapman has been suspended 30 games by the league after an incident in October.
According to the police report, Chapman fired eight shots into his own garage and allegedly choked his girlfriend.
The Cuban released a statement earlier today:
“I want to be clear, I did not in any way harm my girlfriend that evening. However, I should have exercised better judgment with respect to certain actions, and for that I am sorry,” Chapman said in a statement. “The decision to accept a suspension, as opposed to appealing one, was made after careful consideration. I made this decision in an effort to minimize the distractions that an appeal would cause the Yankees, my new teammates and most importantly, my family. I have learned from this matter, and I look forward to being part of the Yankees’ quest for a 28th World Series title. Out of respect for my teammates and my family, I will have no further comment.”
Due to a lack of evidence and cooperation from witnesses, Chapman was not charged by police after the incident.
Chapman is now one of the first players to be suspended under the new set of rules created by Major League Baseball. Two other players, Jose Reyes and Yasiel Puig, are also likely to be suspended once further investigations are completed.
The Yankees will be without Aroldis Chapman until May 9th when they take on the Kansas City Royals. Chapman’s presence will make an already great bullpen into an elite one when he comes back.
Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman will give Yankee fans plenty to be excited about. Until then, Chapman will have some time to think about what he’s done.