The New York Mets will be without their All-Star closer for the first 15 games of the 2017 season.
On Wednesday, Jeurys Familia was suspended by Major League Baseball for violating the league’s domestic violence policy. On Oct. 31 of last year, Familia was arrested in Fort Lee, New Jersey on a domestic violence charge. A few weeks after the incident, his wife asked for the charge to be dropped. Back in December, a judge in New Jersey dismissed the domestic violence case against Familia. MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred decided to suspend him after the league reviewed all of the evidence. He will begin serving the suspension next Monday when the Mets take on the Atlanta Braves in their first game of the season.
Familia’s suspension is not as long as the one Aroldis Chapman served last season. Chapman was banned for the first 30 games of the 2016 season after he was accused of choking his girlfriend and firing a gun at her in October of 2015. Although no charges ended up being filed by the police because there was no physical evidence, the MLB still decided to suspend Chapman under its new domestic violence policy that was enacted in August of 2015. The new rules allow the league to suspend players for violating personal conduct policy, even if they were not convicted in court. This is essentially why Familia received a suspension even though his case was dismissed.
Last season, Familia was the MLB saves leader. In 78 games, he went 3-4 with a 2.55 ERA and recorded 51 saves. He was named to the National League All-Star team for the first time in his career. In 2015, Familia saved 43 games and had an ERA of 1.85. He has only been the Mets closer for two years, but has already had a huge impact on the team.
Fortunately for the Mets, they have someone in the bullpen ready to step in for Familia. Setup man Addison Reed will most likely be the team’s closer for the first few weeks of the season. Reed had a very good 2016 season, going 4-2 with a 1.97 ERA in 80 games. A former closer with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Chicago White Sox, he has experience in this kind of role. He should be able to get the job done for the Mets until Familia is reinstated.
The Mets had been waiting a long time for the MLB to finally make a decision on what Familia’s punishment would be. Now that the league has suspended him for 15 games and he has accepted the punishment, they can plan to begin the 2017 season without him.
MLB Investigating Racist Social Media Messages Sent to Cubs’ Carl Edwards Jr.
Major League Baseball is investigating racial messages sent, via social media, to Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Carl Edwards Jr. prior to his demotion to the Triple-A Iowa Cubs back on April 6th.
According to The Athletic’s Patrick Mooney, the messages have caught the attention of both the Cubs and the MLB Players Association, leading to the launch of the investigation.
Mooney had been a solid bullpen option during the last few seasons, but had a nightmare start to the 2019 season posting a terrible 32.40 ERA in just 1.2 innings of work over four appearances.
Carlos Zambrano Attempting Comeback, Signs with Indy Team
Former MLB pitcher Carlos Zambrano is attempting a comeback and has signed with the American Association’s Chicago Dogs, according to the Chicago Sun-Times’ Gordon Wittenmyer.
Zambrano last pitched in the majors back in 2012 with the Miami Marlins, but earlier in his career he finished in the top five of the Cy Young voting in the National League three times as a member of the Chicago Cubs.
Zambrano started his comeback bid last fall when he took the mound for 7 starts in the Mexican League, pitching to the tune of a 5.18 ERA, and performing even worse during a short stint in the Venezuelan Winter League.
Given his recent lack of production, it is a longshot to believe that Zambrano will return to the MLB level, but stranger things have happened.
VIDEO: Giants’ CEO Larry Baer Knocks Down Wife During Argument
A video has surfaced showing San Francisco Giants team president and CEO Larry Baer knocking his wife to the ground during a fight over a cellphone, published on TMZ.
You can see the video below.
Baer has acknowledged the incident, saying; “My wife and I had an unfortunate public argument related to a family member and she had an injured foot and she fell off her chair in the course of the argument,” Baer said, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
“The matter is resolved. It was a squabble over a cellphone. Obviously it’s embarrassing.”
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