Yankees’ Domingo German: ‘I’ve made mistakes I’m not proud of and for that I apologize’

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Jul 18, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Domingo German (55) reacts after allowing a solo home run to Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Yandy Diaz (not pictured) during the first inning of the first game of a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

New York Yankees’ 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 suspensión 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 Yankees’ manager Aaron Boone and general manager Brian Cashman for being “patient” with him. He also stated he needs to “show 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 didn’t end there.

Lindsey Adler recently reported that German was intoxicated that night, “and 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 Germán’s home late at night. The victim remained with the teammate’s wife, while the player attempted to calm down Germán, who is said to have been angry and belligerent.”

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, “essentially saying that his suspension was complete and 2021 would be a new beginning” according to MLB.com Yankees’ 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.