Commissioner Rob Manfred made his first domestic violence stance since the new policy was implemented in August. Closer, Aroldis Chapman, of the New York Yankees was punished and accepted a 30 game unpaid (will lose $2 million) suspension starting Opening Day for his abusive actions back in October, 2015. Chapman allegedly pushed and choked his girlfriend and fired gun shots into the wall of his garage. No charges were filed, but that didn’t stop the MLB from stepping in swiftly to lay down the law and send a powerful message to the MLB. Manfred’s statement below:
Manfred did a good job conducting an investigation and acting quickly, within four months, to discipline Chapman. Aroldis denies he harmed his girlfriend, but in his statement he said he acted inappropriately:
“Today, I accepted a 30 game suspension from Major League Baseball resulting from my actions on October 30, 2015. 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. 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.”
The MLB, MLPA, and Rob Manfred have my approval and respect for their handling of this domestic violence issue. They created a new policy, stuck with it strongly, and sent a message to the league. There will be no appeal, which is thankfully avoiding more conflict with the commissioner and arbitration. If Chapman would have lost the appeal, he could have ended up having more games added to his suspension. 30 games is a good time length because if the suspension lasted 45 games or any longer, it would have prevented Aroldis Chapman from becoming a free agent due to service time. Hopefully, Aroldis will use this time to reflect on his actions and perhaps receive some counseling. The message that domestic violence will not be tolerated in professional baseball by any means was well sent. The whole situation was not a “circus” and it was handled professionally, unlike similar issues in the NFL. Other sports take note, the MLB got it right with its domestic violence stance. Let’s hope this step in the right direction continues across all sports.
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“The banishment for life of Pete Rose from baseball is the sad end of a sorry episode. One of the game’s greatest players has engaged in a variety of acts which have stained the game, and he must now live with the consequences of those acts. By choosing not to come to a hearing before me, and by choosing not to proffer any testimony or evidence contrary to the evidence and information contained in the report of the Special Counsel to the Commissioner, Mr. Rose has accepted baseball’s ultimate sanction, lifetime ineligibility.”
Statement by then Commissioner
of Baseball, A. Bartlett Giamatti,
August 24, 1989
Today, the commissioner of baseball, Robert Manfred, has decided to uphold the ban of Pete Rose from baseball with this following statement,
“Mr. Rose has not presented credible evidence of a reconfigured life either by an honest acceptance by him of his wrongdoing … or by a rigorous, self-aware and sustained program of avoidance by him of all the circumstances that led to his permanent ineligibility in 1989.”
Pete Rose was caught gambling on MLB teams and even his own, the Reds. He was rightfully banned and thankfully, that was upheld. Even worse is that he is STILL gambling to this day on the sport. Baseball is a sport with a beautiful history, celebrating all the good hearted players, but Pete Rose is not one of those players. He left the biggest black mark on baseball since the 1919 Black Sox, who were also all banished from baseball. None of the 1919 Black Sox players including Joe Jackson got reinstated or got a shot at the Hall of Fame, so why should Rose? The Hall of Fame is for CLEAN and RESPECTED players, not crooks. “Home Run King” Barry Bonds and Mark McGwire have not been voted into the Hall of Fame, most likely because of their link to PEDs. That sends a message to baseball players that you don’t’ belong in the MLB if you don’t abide by the rules. Gambling may or may not have had any affect on his performance, but what he did was wrong and he deserves the consequences. The fact that he is still betting and just goes to show that some people never get the message…..
Tommy Lasorda preaches my thoughts here:
Pete Rose paid for his mistake. Rightfully so, he is still paying for it now. Kudos to Manfred for keeping Rose out of baseball.
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