List of Major League Baseball players investigated for domestic violence

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Major League Baseball (MLB) and the MLB Players Association (MLBPA) announced the creation of a domestic violence policy in August 2015.[1] According to the policy, the Commissioner can place any player suspected of domestic violence, sexual assault, or child abuse on administrative leave for up to seven days while conducting an investigation. The Commissioner can choose to suspend or reinstate the player, or can defer judgment until after criminal proceedings conclude. The policy does not include minimum or maximum punishments.[2]

Under baseball’s collectively bargained policy, players undergo mandatory domestic violence training once a year in spring training. MLB conscripted a San Francisco-based nonprofit, Futures Without Violence, to spearhead its training program. The nonprofit is also part of MLB’s joint committee on domestic violence, a collaboration between the players’ union and the commissioner’s office.[3]

Prior to MLB's 2015 policy on domestic violence, the league office and individual clubs did not take disciplinary action against players and managers who were either arrested or accused of domestic violence.[4][5] Players and managers who had been arrested or accused of domestic violence while active but did not face an investigation or suspension from MLB include: Jose Canseco, Dante Bichette, Barry Bonds, Bobby Cox, Wil Cordero, Pedro Astacio, Julio Lugo, Brett Myers, Milton Bradley, and Josh Lueke.[4][5]

List of players investigated[edit]

Date Refers to the date of the announcement of either a suspension or no suspension
Player Team Date Length Ref
Aroldis Chapman New York Yankees March 1, 2016 30 games [6]
Yasiel Puig Los Angeles Dodgers March 16, 2016 Not suspended [7]
José Reyes Colorado Rockies May 13, 2016 51 games [8][9]
Héctor Olivera Atlanta Braves May 26, 2016 82 games [10]
Jeurys Familia New York Mets March 29, 2016 15 games [11]
Derek Norris Free agent September 1, 2017 Remainder of the season [12]
Steven Wright Boston Red Sox March 23, 2018 15 games [13]
Miguel Sanó Minnesota Twins March 23, 2018 Not suspended [14]
José Torres San Diego Padres June 8, 2018 100 games [15]
Roberto Osuna Toronto Blue Jays June 22, 2018 75 games [16]
Addison Russell Chicago Cubs September 21, 2018 40 games [17]
Julio Urías Los Angeles Dodgers [18]
Odúbel Herrera Philadelphia Phillies [19]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Hagen, Paul (May 24, 2018). "MLB, MLBPA agree on domestic violence policy | MLB.com". M.mlb.com. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
  2. ^ Mark Feinsand (August 22, 2015). "MLB and MLBPA reach deal on new joint domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse policy". NY Daily News. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
  3. ^ "For MLB's 2-year-old domestic violence policy, success is difficult to quantify". August 19, 2017. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
  4. ^ a b Bates, Mike (July 28, 2014). "MLB's record on domestic violence worse than NFL's". SB Nation. Vox Media. Retrieved February 22, 2019.
  5. ^ a b de la Cretaz, Britni (October 13, 2016). "MLB Turned a Blind Eye to Bobby Cox's Domestic Abuse". The Hardball Times. Fangraphs. Retrieved February 22, 2019.
  6. ^ Hagen, Paul. "Yankees' Aroldis Chapman suspended 30 games | MLB.com". M.mlb.com. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
  7. ^ Perry, Dayn (March 16, 2016). "MLB won't discipline Yasiel Puig under domestic violence policy". CBSSports.com. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
  8. ^ Harding, Thomas. "Jose Reyes suspension through May 31 | MLB.com". M.mlb.com. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
  9. ^ Andrew Joseph, USA TODAY Sports (May 19, 2016). "Jose Reyes returns to Rockies, vows to be 'a better man, a better husband'". Usatoday.com. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
  10. ^ "Braves' Hector Olivera suspended for 82 games". MLB.com. Retrieved May 1, 2019.
  11. ^ "Mets' Jeurys Familia Is Suspended for 15 Games - The New York Times". Nytimes.com. October 31, 2016. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
  12. ^ "Free-agent catcher Derek Norris banned for rest of season under domestic violence policy". Espn.com. September 1, 2017. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
  13. ^ Press, Associated (March 23, 2018). "Steven Wright suspended 15 games for domestic violence". Nbcsports.com. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
  14. ^ McIntosh, Whitney (March 23, 2018). "MLB will not suspend Twins' Miguel Sano after assault allegations". SBNation.com. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
  15. ^ "Padres Jose Torres suspended for duration of 2018 season". fox5sandiego.com. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
  16. ^ "MLB suspends Blue Jays reliever Roberto Osuna 75 games". Sportsnet.ca. June 22, 2018. Retrieved June 22, 2018.
  17. ^ Caron, Emily. "Cubs' Addison Russell Placed on Administrative Leave Amid Domestic Violence Investigation". si.com. Retrieved September 21, 2018.
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