BREAKING: Chapman suspended 30 games by MLB under domestic violence policy, source. No appeal. Story posting momentarily @nytsports
— Billy Witz (@billywitz) March 1, 2016
We had been waiting on news of Aroldis Chapman's suspension, and wondering when it would happen and for how long, and now we know.
The 30 games are regular season games and Witz added that Chapman will be eligible to play during Spring Training and also that Chapman will also be subject to meeting with a treatment board, which can require counseling, forfeiture of guns, weapons.
If you're wondering what this means with regards to his contract, it probably would have been better for the Yankees business-wise if he were suspended for a longer period of time and he can be a free agent after the season ends.
UPDATE: Now that more information has trickled out, Joel Sherman is reporting that a source is saying that Chapman's full cooperation with the investigation is more than likely why it was only a 30 game suspension. It could have been 10-15 more.
The earliest Chapman can return is May 9 against the Royals. And he looks to lose over $2M in salary during the suspension.
Here's Commissioner Rob Manfred's statement:
“I asked my staff to conduct a comprehensive investigation of the incident involving Aroldis Chapman on October 30, 2015. Much of the information regarding the incident has been made public through documents released by law enforcement. Mr. Chapman submitted to an in-person interview with counsel present. After reviewing the staff report, I found Mr. Chapman’s acknowledged conduct on that day to be inappropriate under the negotiated Policy, particularly his use of a firearm and the impact of that behavior on his partner. I am gratified that Mr. Chapman has taken responsibility for his conduct, that he has agreed not to appeal the 30-game suspension, and that he has agreed to comply with the confidential directives of the Joint Policy Board established under the parties’ Policy to ensure that a similar incident does not occur in the future.”
And here's Chapman's statement on the suspension per Ken Rosenthal:
"Today, I accepted a 30 game suspension from Major League Baseball resulting from my actions on October 30, 2015. I want to be clear, I did not in any way harm my girlfriend that evening. However, I should have exercised better judgment with respect to certain actions, and for that I am sorry. The decision to accept a suspension, as opposed to appealing one, was made after careful consideration. I made this decision in an effort to minimize the distractions that an appeal would cause the Yankees, my new teammates and most importantly, my family. I have learned from this matter, and I look forward to being part of the Yankees’ quest for a 28th World Series title. Out of respect for my teammates and my family, I will have no further comment."
UPDATE 4:16 P.M.:
The Player's Union just released their statement on the Chapman suspension as well.
— MLBPA (@MLB_PLAYERS) March 1, 2016
And finally, at 4:35 P.M., the Yankees have spoken:
#Yankees statement: “The Yankees support the decision made by The Commissioner. We are pleased that Aroldis has accepted this discipline.”