New York Yankeesâ€™ starting pitcher Domingo German, who reportedly addressed his teammates during a meeting this week to apologize for the domestic violence incident that cost him an 81-game suspensiÃ³n between 2019 and 2020, talked to reporters on Wednesday.
German, who the Yankees hope is their fifth starter to start the 2021 season, opened his press conference by reading a statement.
“I’ve made mistakes I’m not proud of and for that I apologize,” he said. The pitcher thanked Yankeesâ€™ manager Aaron Boone and general manager Brian Cashman for being “patient” with him. He also stated he needs to â€œshow them through my actions” that he is actually committed to being a better man and teammate.
In September 2019, during a gala, German slapped his girlfriend. But it didnâ€™t end there.
Lindsey Adler recently reported that German was intoxicated that night, â€œand became physically violent toward his girlfriend until she hid in a locked room. The victim is said to have contacted the wife of another Yankees player, and the couple drove to GermÃ¡nâ€™s home late at night. The victim remained with the teammateâ€™s wife, while the player attempted to calm down GermÃ¡n, who is said to have been angry and belligerent.â€
The Yankees and his girlfriend are giving German another chance
As of now, the Yankees will apparently keep the pitcher on their roster as several hurlers fight for the fifth starter spot. German is one of them, alongside Deivi Garcia, Michael King, Asher Wojciechowski, and Jhoulys Chacin.
German is also known for his peculiar Instagram posts. About his cryptic “everything is over” Instagram post, he said that was a message to his girlfriend/partner, â€œessentially saying that his suspension was complete and 2021 would be a new beginningâ€ according to MLB.com Yankeesâ€™ beat writer Bryan Hoch. It means that he and his girlfriend are still together.
About the comments that Zack Britton recently made, German said that “he has a right to do that. I understood where he was coming from. Good thing is I had the opportunity to talk to him…he gave me really good advice on how I can improve.”
Only time will tell if German will actually learn from his mistakes, but it appears that the Yankees are going to give him another chance.