NY Post – Domingo German’s domestic-violence case has entered its final stages, industry sources told The Post, and a resolution is expected in a matter of weeks rather than months.
While a penalty hasn’t been determined for the Yankees’ right-hander, German’s offenses don’t appear to be as egregious as those of Astros closer Roberto Osuna, who served a 75-game suspension last year, and they’re regarded as worse than Mets reliever Jeurys Familia, who sat out the first 15 games of the 2017 season. The fact that German spent the last nine games of the season plus the Yankees’ nine postseason contests on administrative leave upon discovery of the incident figure to be part of the negotiation between Major League Baseball and the Players Association for the final number.
The update is really just that we’re close to an update. Just like this whole thing came out of nowhere, it could all wrap up out of nowhere in the next couple of weeks. This is great news for a couple of reasons. The most important reason is that, once this is resolved, you hope the family can move on. Whether that’s as a family unit or separately, we can only hope that things are safe and happy for Domingo’s girlfriend and children. There has not been a police report, so no matter what happened, it seems like they are handling it privately and I hope the media respects that.
Now that the mature part of this is out of the way, I will be a selfish Yankee fan.
This whole issue coming to a close is important for the Yankees because it will unveil to everyone just how bad the incident was. MLB will hand out a suspension of some kind, but German still needs to be judged in the court of public opinion by the fans. There was a chance that whatever happened on September 16th was so bad that the fans would never accept him back and he would be nothing more than a distraction. However, hearing that things look to be less severe that Osuna’s situation could mean that people may be willing to give him a 2nd chance.
Next, the Yankees will know how long they are without the player that rose up to be their ace during an injury-plagued season. Domingo German can pitch at the MLB level, but if he’s going to miss half the season, the Yankees would need to look to bring in an additional arm. On top of the one that we clearly already need. *cough* SIGN GERRIT COLE *cough*
Overall, this is still an ugly situation and the priority should be the safety of Domingo German’s family. Unfortunately, the world has to keep spinning, and part of that will be the facts and a judgement coming out.