The New York Yankees have graciously offered Domingo German a chance to ”resurrect” his career in 2021. German is on his way back from a lengthy suspension after violating the MLB’s domestic violence protocols two years ago, having missed the entire 2020 season and the end of the 2019 season.
Justifiably, German served a lengthy suspension, but the team believes he is a changed man and has learned from his mistakes. Skipper Aaron Boone stated in his first press conference of the year that the Yankees would stand behind German and give him a second chance.
“We know he’s paid a significant price from a career standpoint, really having missed a full season-plus now,’’ Boone said in a Zoom call on the day pitchers and catchers reported. “Hopefully, that’s behind us. We feel like he’s in a good place coming in and now it’s on him to go out and kind of resurrect his career and compete for a spot on this team. … It’s been a very long year coming back.”
German last pitched in 2019, showing fantastic growth in his second season at the top level. Over 143 innings, he posted a 4.03 ERA with 18 wins. The Yankees were excited to inject him into their starting rotation for the future, with the belief he could end up being a premium starter. Those hopes are still alive, and at 28 years old, German has a few years to continue growing into a better player.
“Certainly nothing has been promised,” Boone said of German’s role with the team. “We’re going to be there and try and be supportive as we can moving forward to not only hopefully get the most out of himself on the mound and between the lines, but also becoming the best he can be off the field as well.”
The Yankees handle the situation correctly, offering him the necessary support to learn from his mistakes.
German stated on Instagram that “everything is over,” possibly indicating that his suspension and the work he’s done on himself has finally come to an end and allowed him a second chance.
He followed up, saying, “I’m ready,” showing he’s ready to start fresh on a clean slate.