Domingo sat down in front of a microphone and camera on Wednesday afternoon to address the German for the first time, however, it was, in fact, his partner’s domestic exploits and subsequent 81-game suspension that kept him out of the entire 2020 Major League Baseball season . .
The German, a 28-year-old pitcher, joined the Yankees last week when spring training began and was scheduled to speak to reporters on Sunday. But after a veteran player, reliever Jack Breton, had strong words about the situation, Yankees manager Aaron Boone extended his antennae more and the German eventually decided it was best that he address it publicly. First talk privately with teammates.
“I would like to take this opportunity before apologizing to the Stenbrenner family, my colleagues, the front office and those close to me,” the German read an opening statement in Spanish on Wednesday. “I’ve made mistakes I’m not proud of, and that’s why I want to apologize.”
The German apologized for not helping his teammates during the 2019 playoffs, which he missed during an investigation by the league in September for violent action against his teammates. He thanked the Yankees general manager Brian Cashman and Boone for being patient and helping him and vowed to prove that he is with the team. He also apologized for his secret messages on social media. (Last summer, he wrote that he was quitting baseball, and last week, he wrote that “everything was definitely over” with his partner’s habits.
He did not mention his partner, with whom he has at least one child, until the question and answer period of his news conference.
The German was in the midst of a career season in 2019 when, after attending a charity gala in Manhattan, hosted by his partner CC Sabathia, he hurt his partner while drunk, according to the league’s investigation, whose The details were not revealed during the German suspension. Was announced in January 2020.
The Germans, who cooperated in the investigation, as did others, did not appeal discipline. He missed the regular season of 2019 and the rest of the postmaiden and all seasons of the pandemic-shortened 2020.
While the police were not involved with the case, the league heard about the incident through the Yankees and from a German partner who came to know about it. (The league put him in contact with domestic violence experts.) Few people within the Yankees clubhouse know what happened that night; His partner approached the wife of one of his companions, and the couple came to his house on the night of the incident to help.
So when Breton was asked how the team would get the Germans last week that their suspension had ended, their ruthless honesty prompted the Yankees and Germans to re-evaluate how they would handle their reinvestment.
“I don’t think he owes anything to me,” Britton said. “I think it’s the off-the-field stuff he needs to take care of. Sometimes you don’t get to control who your partners are, and that’s the situation. I agree with what I did. I am not. I do not think it has any place in the game or is far from the field.
He later said, “My job is to go there and pitch and do my work.” So my concern is there. But he doesn’t owe me anything. It is something he wants to do on his own and makes a better choice going forward. “
Later that day on Twitter, Britton criticized her comments, writing, in part, “You think I don’t know the circumstances?”
Boone stated that he did not want to force the German to address his comrades because he wanted it to be authentic. He said that “me as well as the Germans” should not take the temperature of the clubhouse.
Yankees close to Aerodis Chapman, who was suspended for 30 games in 2016 for violating MLB’s domestic violence policy, said he held lengthy talks with the Germans over the weekend and explained the value of addressing the situation. The Germans did the first day of full squad workouts on Tuesday, talking to the Yankees in two groups due to league rules that limit large gatherings during the coronovirus epidemic.
“He messed up in life,” Yankees first baseman Luke Voyt said Wednesday after the German public apology. “I did not condemn anything he did. He is getting a second chance on this. We have his back but he is skating on thin ice and has to live his life. I think he is taking the right steps to do this, but then, he has got us to prove that he can do it. “
Last fall, the team’s managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner said in a radio interview for German that he needed to feel sorry for his actions to return and that his life changed. Jarman said that he has not spoken with Steinbrenner, but Cashman and Boone have had lengthy conversations with him twice.
“He has earned enough to be here and compete and be a part of this team,” Boone said. “Now the proof is in the daily life that he goes.”
The German, who mentioned his partner’s name during a news conference, said he lives with him. He said that mandatory counseling by MLB as part of its treatment program has helped him improve his relationship with her.
Asked what he did to make his partner feel safe, he said, “We have had a lot of conversations about how this will happen again. We are going to have better communication at home. “
Jarman said he remains in a good position with Britton and appreciates the advice he received. He said that he wants to talk to the young players how to avoid the loss of their lives. Over the past year and away from the Yankees, he said that he should think before working, avoid bad habits and feel the trouble that arises to seek help.
As far as fans or teammates who may never see him again or who is feeling uncomfortable for him, Jarman said, “I am ready to change, to be a different person and I can do my actions and my Will show karma together