Yankees’ Aroldis Chapman Suspended for 30 Games


“I’ve never hurt anybody, never in my life,” Aroldis Chapman said in Spanish through an interpreter.

Butch Dill/USA Today Sports, via Reuters

TAMPA, Fla. — Aroldis Chapman, the Yankees’ new closer and a four-time All-Star, was suspended for 30 games on Tuesday by Major League Baseball under its new domestic violence policy.

The suspension came after negotiations between Major League Baseball executives and lawyers for Chapman and the players’ union arrived at a number that was amenable to both sides, according to a baseball official who was briefed on the negotiations. As a result, Chapman will not appeal the ruling, although he had recently stated that he intended to do so.

Commissioner Rob Manfred had wanted to make a firm statement through the new policy, which was unveiled last August and constructed in conjunction with the union. But he also wanted a punishment that would hold up rather than be reduced or even overturned, as happened…

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