Thirty Games

Chapman has been suspended by MLB for the first 30 games of the regular season. He will not appeal. Chapman issued the following statement:

“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 my 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.”

The statement leaves me wondering if he gets it. Does he understand that even if he didn’t harm his girlfriend in any way firing a gun eight times in anger is not ok? I guess we have to take the fact that he is sorry and that he is not appealing as a good sign, but ugh.

In baseball terms this means Chapman is out until 5/9 against the Royals. He will miss the first two series against the Red Sox, and not have to pitch in Fenway until August. The Yankees will almost certainly go with Betances for the 8th and Miller for the 9th in his absence, but the 7th inning is currently a mystery. Expect that to be a big focus of spring training as the Yankees will look to find this year’s Justin Wilson.