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Aroldis Chapman Suspended, Everyone Wins



New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman has been suspended 30 games by Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred for a domestic violence incident that was learned about in December.

The Yankees got Chapman in a trade with the Cincinnati Reds following the accusation of a domestic abuse incident that involved a firearm. Chapman has stated multiple times that he ‘never hurt anyone,’ even though the closer will not appeal.

With the suspension being issued, the Yankees loos Chapman from opening day on April 4, to May 8. The Yankees closer is eligible to return on May 9, at when the defending World Series Champion Kansas City Royals visit the Bombers.

The suspension, in my mind is a win for everyone. Chapman is sitting 30 games for the incident. Manfred sends a message to the rest of the league about the seriousness of domestic violence and the Yankees get a star closer for four prospects that will pitch in 5/6 of the season.

Chapman will be ready in September to help the Yankees make a playoff push, Manfred looks good because he sits down an all-star for 30 games on a case that he wasn’t charged in and for Chapman, he takes the punishment and gets to pitch more than many expected.

Domestic violence is a serious issue, but the Yankees, the commissioner, and Chapman handled the suspension situation correctly.

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