The news that New York Yankees starting pitcher, Domingo Germán, was suspended for 81 games due to a domestic violence incident dating back to last year broke earlier this afternoon.
He will miss the first 63 games of the 2020 season as the suspension is retroactive dating back to the end of 2019. It’s a harsh punishment but the MLB got it right. There is no place in the game for this kind of behavior and if Germán slips up again he could be staring at a lifetime ban.
Prior to the incident, Germán was arguably the Yankees best starting pitcher last year. As of September 19th 2019, when he was placed on administrative leave by the MLB, Germán had a 18-4 record through 27 games with a 4.03 ERA.
Without a doubt the absence of Germán hurt the Yankees rotation going into the final month of the season. They had an ailing CC Sabathia taking the mound, Severino was still rehabbing his injury and when it came to the playoffs as good as our starters played it would have been nice to have another option to take the mound, whether it was a bullpen arm or to start a game and throw a couple of innings. Domingo Germán could have been, should have been that guy.
All we can hope for as Yankees fans is that Domingo Germán has learned from his terrible mistake last year and he comes out a better person from it and that he can still perform to the best of his abilities when he steps on the mound at the end of June.