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MLB suspends Domingo German

Domingo German has been suspended 81 games for his domestic violence incident, per Hannah Keyser of Yahoo Sports.

The suspension is retroactive to last season, meaning the nine regular season games and nine post season games German missed in 2019 will count towards the suspension.Β  German will miss the first 63 games of the 2020 MLB season. Barring something unforeseen, we should see German back on the mound in June.

With regards to the short term, this suspension may give the Yankees some pause about trading J.A. Happ. With German missing almost half of the season, they may want to have some insurance at the back end of the rotation for Jordan Montgomery, who barley pitched last year following Tommy John surgery.

As of now, here is how the rotation lines up:

Cole
Severino
Paxton
Tanaka
Happ/Montgomery

German was exceptional in 2019, going 18-4 with a 4.03 ERA. Despite his absence, the Yankees still boast one of the most powerful rotations in the sport.

Some fans are calling on the Yankees to release German, but that is unlikely. The Yankees traded for Aroldis Chapman shortly after his domestic violence incident and have stood by him ever since. Additionally, German is a 27 year old cheap, controllable starter with great stuff.

The Yankees released the following statement on German and his suspension:

Keyser noted Β that this is the longest domestic violence suspension in MLB history for a player not hit with formal charges.