Baseball commissioner, Robert Manfred Made "Additional Progress" to Finalize Decisions Over Two of the Three Domestic Violence Case on the League
Feb 23, 2016 07:35 AM EST
Major League Baseball commissioner, Robert Manfred revealed he has made additional progress towards decisions on two of the three domestic violence investigations. He also added an announcement is coming up in the next a days.
According to CBS Local, Robert Manfred spoke about the domestic violence cases on Major League Baseball policy on Monday while attending the Cactus League event in Arizona. However, the 57 year old Baseball commissioner did not revealed which of the two cases he is going to give a final verdict. The baseball league has been investigating Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman, Colorado Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes and Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig.
Manfred said, "The substance of this policy uses a 'just cause' standard and also creates kind of a clean slate. I am giving really thorough consideration to the cases that I have in front of me and thinking their relevance obviously to the individual players, the individual facts most important, but also with an eye toward starting something new," ABC News quoted.
The baseball commissioner has the power to penalize violating players under the Major League Baseball agreement, according to Wisn12 News. Reyes is allegedly to have assaulted his wife in a Hawaii hotel and is scheduled to go on trial April 4. While Chapman on the other hand, is also under investigation for an incident at his house in Florida in October for allegedly choking his girlfriend. He was also suspected to have fired a gun during the incident. Puig was not charged over pushing his sister while on Miami bar.
For cities that have passed ordinances banning smokeless tobacco in ballparks and other sporting venues, such as San Francisco and Boston, Manfred said players must follow the law. "Major league players are citizens," he said. "Municipalities pass laws. We expect that our players will comply with those laws."
Manfred said there are discussions about a regular-season game in Europe though it might need to be at a non-traditional time in the schedule given weather considerations.