Yankees’ Luke Voit issue warning to Domingo German after given 2nd chance

Alexander Wilson
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Feb 21, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Luke Voit (59) looks on during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

With new details emerging regarding New York Yankees starting pitcher Domingo German and the domestic abuse situation revolving around him, most demanding an explanation, at the very least. Realistically, German likely should have been dealt more consequences, but the Yankees gave him a second chance at life, salvaging his career and image.

If there’s one thing the Yankees don’t lack, it is loyalty to their players. Supporting German was likely difficult, but he issued an apology to his teammates and for his actions in the past. His teammates deserved an apology and to hear how he’s becoming a better person, first and foremost. Luckily, some of his teammates came to his aid, verbally, specifically starting first baseman Luke Voit.

“He messed up in life, he’s getting a second chance at this and we have his back, but he’s skating on thin ice and he needs to get his life together,” first baseman Luke Voit said.

Voit contributed a well-said sentiment regarding the situation, as German truly does skate on thin ice and will not get a third chance if he makes another mistake. Domingo must be humble and continue to develop his career at 28 years old.

In 2019, German was an influential factor for the Yankees, pitching 143 innings and earning a 4.03 ERA. Most believed he could be a focal point in the rotation moving forward, but an 80 game suspension kept him out for the entire 2020 season.

The expectation is that he will compete for the fifth spot in the rotation with some of the Yankees’ younger starters, but if he can return to his 2019 version and even take a step forward, they will be in good shape moving forward. Hopefully, he’s learned his lesson and is a better man because of it.

“(Domestic violence) is a problem that’s going on in our world and our country, and we’ve got to figure out ways to get better. Obviously, I want German to get better. He’s my teammate and obviously he’s a friend, so we’ll be there for him. But we don’t condone it. He messed up and a lot of guys look at him differently now. But I believe in second chances and the guy deserves a second chance. I hope he’s taking the right steps to do what he needs to do better with his family. I’m grateful that he came and apologized to us and the organization. So he’s making strides, but there’s a lot more left in his career and in his life and hopefully he makes the right decisions.”