New York Yankees: Finally, some positive Domingo German news

New York Yankees, Domingo German

The major headlines recently had been focusing on New York Yankees pitcher Domingo German and his apology following an 81 game suspension due to a domestic violence case. With new details emerging that his girlfriend had to lock herself in a room to avoid the aggressive German, some even demanded that he be released from the team. Some players express their disdain for the starter, while others came to his defense.

The past few weeks have been interesting, but all German can do is work hard and show that he is a changed man. Based on everything that manager Aaron Boone and general manager Brian Cashman have said, German has done the work to abolish his aggression and past actions, but he is skating on thin ice, according to Luke Voit.

However, German finally turned the page on Thursday, putting together a solid day on the mound. He faced live batters for the first time this week, and he looked solid in the 20 pitch sample size.

“He mixed his pitches and was under control,’’ the manager said of German, who hasn’t appeared in a game outside in the most recent winter league in the Dominican Republic since being suspended in September 2019 for violating MLB’s domestic violence protocols.

German participated in the Dominican Republic Winter League recently, struggling to maintain his form and get back on track. It is also fair to mention that he didn’t have Yankee coaches and fellow teammates around him to motivate him and spur his best self.

Boone was sure to mention that German impressed on Thursday, as the Yankees know what he’s capable of doing on the mound.

“It was a good day for him,’’ Boone said.

At 28 years old, German is more than a year removed from playing in his last live game. The last time he stepped on a major league mound was in 2019, when he recorded a 4.03 ERA over 143 innings. That season proved that he had a bright future, but the suspension significantly dampened the mood and his developmental progress.

Winning 18 games two years ago was a big step, but the expectation is that he could lock down the 5th spot in the starting rotation, especially if he keeps performing well in spring training. With the Yankees preparing for live-action on Sunday, expect to see German featured next week at some point.

New York Yankees News/Rumors: Aaron Judge’s new smile, Yankees react to German’s apology, and more

New York Yankees, Aaron Judge

The New York Yankees‘ Aaron Judge showed up for an interview yesterday sporting a new smile. It looks like he’s had some dental work done. His smile now is broad and without the gap between his two front teeth.  Aaron Judge has always had an infectious smile, but not it’s perfect. This is not the first time Judge has had dental work done. In celebrating a game-winning home run by Brett Gardner in 2017, he was hit in the teeth by a flying helmet that chipped his tooth.

“It got me pretty good,” Judge said at the time. “It kind of shocked me at first. I thought both my teeth got knocked in. I just tried to cover it up as fast as I can and get out of there.”

Judge has certainly had his share of injuries in the past two years. Last season he only played in half the games and only garnered up a .257 batting average. Judge started the season on fire, hitting 9 home runs in just the first eighteen games. Upon returning to the team, he didn’t hit another home run for the rest of the regular season. This is an important year for the 28-year-old, who will try to stay healthy with a looming contract extension a possibility. He was asked about an extension but said there had been no meaningful discussions between him and the Yankees. At least now he can talk about it with a newly aligned smile.

Yankee players and Boone react to German’s apology

By now, we all know about Domingo German’s altercation with the mother of his child and the resulting 81 game suspension. After talks with management, he has been allowed back with the team, and previous to the recent revelations of the severity of his actions was to be the fifth in line in the New York Yankees starting rotation.

German took to Zoom to apologize to the New York Yankee organization, fans, and fellow players in a sincere play to repair his reputation. Players like Zack Britton were not impressed. But Luke Voit, Giancarlo Stanton, and manager Boone himself came out in support of the pitcher.

“We have his back, but he’s skating on thin ice and he needs to get his life together.” For good measure, Voit added: “He messed up. A lot of guys look at him differently now, but I believe in second chances, and the guy deserves a second chance.”

“In the clubhouse, we all have difficult things go on, some a lot worse than others. But it’s our job to support in the right way when given the opportunity.” said Stanton.

“He has done enough to earn the opportunity to be here and compete and to be a part of this team,” manager Aaron Boone said of German. “Now the proof is in the daily life that he leads.

Gerrit Cole wants to try out the new baseball

Cole said he’s been unable to see if the balls being used this season will be any different than in years past. MLB earlier announced that a new ball would be used this season. MLB tried to make the baseball less bouncy. When the baseball is changed even minutely, it acts differently. Cole has been trying to get a straight answer if the balls he has used since training camp started were old balls or new ones. Because of changes in the ball, reportedly, there will be fewer home runs this season.

“I’ve been trying to get my hands on balls here [in camp] and no one can tell me if we’re using the balls from this year or last year,’’ Cole said. “I’m happy there was an [admission] there’s been some tinkering. All players have known it the last three or four years, at least. It’s another look behind the curtain at the Wizard of Oz and smoke and mirrors. Let’s be a little more honest about that kind of stuff.”

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

New York Yankees, Luke Voit

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.”

New York Yankees: Domingo German has apologized but is it enough?

New York Yankees, Domingo German

The New York Yankees have a sticky situation in letting Domingo German return to the team. He served an 81 game suspension in 2019 for breaking the domestic violence protocol. He slapped his wife/mother of his child in public and later, in a drunken fit, became violent and had to be calmed down.

“According to multiple league sources, including a person with knowledge of the MLB investigation, Germán was intoxicated and became physically violent toward his girlfriend until she hid in a locked room. The victim is said to have contacted another Yankees player’s wife, 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 incident was reported to MLB by a different member of the Yankees staff, whom Germán’s girlfriend had told about it. The victim did not call law enforcement, so there is no police report from the night of the assault.”

In this writer’s eyes, there is no place or excuse for domestic violence in any form, and due to any incidence, it is unacceptable, period. But that being said, anyone who shows contrition should be allowed a second chance; if they screw up, then that’s the end of them. I fully understand Zack Britton’s statement that there is no place for this on or off the field.

I also understand that this is a very sensitive subject. I am aware that some think domestic violence is not that big a deal and forgivable. Well, folks, it is a big deal, but if someone shows true contrition and changes his life for the better, that person deserves a second chance to show that they are indeed changed and that the occurrence will never happen again. They have a lot to prove to their teammates and the public alike.

The New York Yankees have appeared to take the pitcher back into the fold and show that he can be the pitcher he was, and at the same time, he is a changed man. That being the case, the teammates should stand behind him as it is the best for the team. If they treat him as an outcast and does not deserve that second chance, it will work for no one. German will not be the pitcher that he can be, and the team will lose out in the long run.

Luke Voit is on the right track in showing support for Geman.

“According to multiple league sources, including a person with knowledge of the MLB investigation, Germán was intoxicated 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 incident was reported to MLB by a different member of the Yankees staff, whom Germán’s girlfriend had told about it. The victim did not call law enforcement, so there is

Yankees right-hander Domingo Germán issued a public apology on Wednesday for his actions on the evening of Sept. 16, 2019, which precipitated an 81-game suspension for violation of Major League Baseball’s policy against domestic violence.

Germán said that he is thankful for an opportunity to resume his Major League career. The hurler previously addressed his teammates in two separate sessions this week. He also has spoken privately with general manager Brian Cashman and manager Aaron Boone, whom he thanked for their patience.

“I want to take this opportunity to sincerely apologize to the Steinbrenner family, my teammates, the front office and those around me who love me,” Germán said through an interpreter. “I have made mistakes of which I’m not proud, and for that I want to apologize.“When the team needed me most in 2019 before we started the playoffs, I wasn’t there for them, and for that I ask your forgiveness. It was very difficult for me not to be pitching and helping my team. Having to watch from afar hurt me a lot, but I also understand that I am responsible for putting myself in that position.”

At least one New York Yankee player, Luke Voit, has shown his support for German.

“We have his back, but he’s skating on thin ice and he needs to get his life together.” For good measure, Voit added: “He messed up. A lot of guys look at him differently now, but I believe in second chances, and the guy deserves a second chance.”

Giancarlo Stanton, more diplomatic while still making his point, added: “In the clubhouse, we all have difficult things going on, some a lot worse than others. But it’s our job to support in the right way when given the opportunity.”

Geman also praised Britton for offering “really good advice on how I can improve” and voiced understanding for Britton’s sharp rhetoric.

“He has done enough to earn the opportunity to be here and compete and to be a part of this team,” manager Aaron Boone said of German. “Now the proof is in the daily life that he leads.”

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

New York Yankees, Domingo German

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.

New York Yankees: Domingo German reportedly addresses team following 2019 domestic incident

New York Yankees, Domingo German

New York Yankees‘ manager Aaron Boone stated in his press conference today that Domingo German addressed the team for the first following his suspension for domestic allegations in 2019. German was suspended for 81 games after he was caught allegedly slapping his girlfriend. Boone said that German wanted to address the team about the situation before he spoke with the media.

“I feel like he has his teammates’ support,” Boone said today. “We’ll see how that manifests itself over the coming days and weeks.”

This seems to be a step in the right direction towards gaining back support from his teammates. However, last Thursday, RHP Zack Britton had some interesting comments about German’s return to the team.

“Sometimes you don’t get to control who your teammates are,” Britton said. “I don’t agree with what he did. I don’t think it has any place in the game or off the field at all.”

If the Yankees decide to keep German around, he’s expected to have a big role on the team. He’ll likely be a part of the Yankees’ rotation after his dominance leading up to his suspension in September 2019.

German pitched to an 18-4 record in 2019, finishing with the highest winning percentage in baseball. He had a 4.03 ERA, a 4.72 FIP, 1.147 WHIP, and 153 strikeouts in 143 innings. With the Yankees suffering from many injuries, German stepped up and became the team’s unsung ace.

Although he’s currently in camp, German could get traded or even released if issues with the team cannot be resolved. Right now, German’s current focus is to try and give the Yankees the most that he can on the mound and gain back the clubhouse. The rest will go from there.

New York Yankees News/Rumors: News and notes from the Yankee’s spring training

New York Yankees, Domingo German

Domingo German has a supporter

Several players are not that happy that the New York Yankees have taken Domingo German back with the team after his suspension for domestic violence. Most notably, relief pitcher Zack Britton said, “you can’t choose who your teammates are; I don’t agree with what [German] did. I don’t think it has any place in the game or off the field or at all.” Further details of German’s infraction have been revealed, and several team members are not happy about it. However, there is at least one Yankee that has come out in support of German. Luis Severino.

Severino continues to progress. He threw from 90 feet on flat ground today and will throw from 120 feet tomorrow. He also said he is confident in the Yankee rotation and that he’s 100 percent confident he’ll be his old self when he returns. In support of German, he said yesterday:

“Every time I talk to Domingo, it’s about baseball,” Severino said Monday. “[It’s] about getting better. Every time we have a conversation, it’s about us or him getting better. That’s the only thing I have in mind. Helping the team get to the World Series.”

Clarke Schmidt first injury of spring training

It hasn’t taken too long for the injury bug to hit the Yankees. Clarke Schmidt had an elbow injury and is expected to be out for three or four weeks. He has what manager Aaron Boone described as a common extensor strain in his right elbow, which means he will be out for the remainder of spring training at the earliest. He will then have to ramp back up, which means the Yankees will likely not be able to use him in live games until some time in late April or early May. The good news is that an MRI shows that his UCL is fine and there is no permanent damage.

Final Yankees report and take physicals

Several New York Yankees reported for duty today in Tampa. In addition several players were already at Steinbrenner Field, among them Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, and Gleyber Torres, to name a few. Those taking their physicals today and taking their first workouts were Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Hicks, Aroldis Chapman, Miguel Andujar, among others. Brett Gardner is taking his physical and ironing out the final details of his contract. He will be joining the team shortly.

Adam Warren hoping for a comeback

During the offseason, the New York Yankees reunited with an old friend, Adam Warren. Although he was signed to a minor league contract, the Yankees hope he can shore up the early relief coming out of the bullpen and ease the strain on Luis Cessa. Warren is hoping for a comeback year with the Yankees. This is his third stint with the Yankees.

Pitchers throw live batting practice

Several pitchers took to the mound at Steinbrenner Field. Gerrit Cole took bullpen today. Cole lacked his normal command, but manager Aaron Boone said that that is natural for his first bullpen. Other pitchers the took to the mound were Kyle Barraclough, Nestor Cortes Jr., who came back to the Yankees in the offseason; Brooks Kriske, Lucas Luetge, Tyler Lyons, another add on, Jordan Montgomery, and Nick Nelson.

First exhibition game on Sunday

With everyone at camp and working out, the New York Yankees will have their first exhibition game on Sunday at George M. Steinbrenner Field. The Yankees will face the Toronto Blue Jays in a 1:05 pm game. The Yankees have been preparing for this throughout the offseason. There are major changes in the team from last season. Gone is Masahiro Tanaka, who is now pitching in Japan, James Paxton, with his old team, the Seattle Mariners, and J.A. Happ is working out with the Minnesota Twins.

This year the Yankees have Corey Kluber, a two-time Cy Young Award winner and traded from the Pirates; he will be followed in the rotation by Jameson Taillon. The Yankees made a major add-on for the bullpen by adding one of the best relievers in 2020 in Darren O’ Day. The Yankees lineup will look pretty much the same, but with one difference, both Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge are both healthy going into spring training.

New York Yankees: Domingo German releases statement

New York Yankees, Domingo German

After new details of Domingo German’s 2019 domestic violence case came to light, New York Yankees‘ fans and the media covering the team are wondering if they will ever get an explanation from the pitcher about what happened.

By now, we knew that in an event organized by former Yankees’ teammate CC Sabathia in September 2019, German slapped his girlfriend. However, as Lindsey Adler reported in a recent story, there was more.

The Athletic’s writer said that German was intoxicated, “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’ pitcher wants to talk to his teammates

Now, German is reportedly looking to make amends, but that may be an uphill battle. He released a statement over the weekend:

“It is important to me that I have the opportunity to speak directly with my teammates, both individually and collectively, and address them face-to-face before I speak to the media and our fans,” Germán said. “This process has begun, but more time is needed, especially since half our team has yet to report to Spring Training. I recognize that speaking publicly will be an important step for me and I will do so in the upcoming days.”

The Yankees’ righty was supposed to talk to the press on Saturdayvia Zoom, in which would have been his first public statement after the suspension that cost him the entire 2020 season. Instead, he opted to postpone his appearance in light of the new revelations reported by The Athletic.

German, before the article, was the favorite to win the fifth starter job in the New York Yankees. Now, his future got a lot murkier.

Yankees: New details about Domingo German’s domestic abuse case will shock you

New York Yankees, Domingo German

New information has recently come to light if you are unfamiliar with New York Yankees pitcher Domingo German’s suspension due to a domestic abuse case in 2019. German missed the end of the 2019 campaign and the entire 2020 season due to this predicament, but management has welcomed him back despite the horrific actions he displayed.

Skipper Aaron Boone stated that he spoke with German during his first press conference of the year. They decided to bring him back and give him a second chance. With the new information presenting a more serious issue, players and fans may demand his release.

Lindsey Adler of “The Athletic” got to the bottom of the story, discovering new details that indicate something even more serious than before:

In September 2019, Germán and his girlfriend attended a charity gala held by then-teammate CC Sabathia. Many of Germán’s 2019 teammates were also there with their families. Germán slapped his girlfriend at the event, sources said, but the MLB investigation focused primarily on what happened at his home later that night.

According to multiple league sources, including a person with knowledge of the MLB investigation, Germán was intoxicated 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.

It is truly a shame that German fell ill to this unacceptable scenario. During the 2019 season, German displayed raw talent that the Yankees were ecstatic about moving forward. He finished with a 4.03 ERA over 143 innings, but none of that matters now after missing more than a year of baseball and bigger mental issues coming to light.

Justifying his return after a simple domestic abuse case was already a tough sell, but the new details make this entirely different, as he may display some sort of anger moving forward.

Since the suspension started, German has posted plenty of cryptic messages via Instagram and social media, eventually deleting them and causing confusion within the fanbase and upper management. While they do feel he can be a focal point for them this season, sometimes you have to take the high road, and the Yankees have an image they need to uphold.

Yankees News: One exciting position battle to keep an eye on

New York Yankees, Deivi Garcia

As the Yankees ramp up spring training gradually, position battles will commence. It will be exciting to see how the bullpen and starting rotation shakes out, but the fifth spot in the rotation is a massive question at the moment.

Of course, Gerrit Cole, Corey Kluber, Jameson Taillon, and Jordan Montgomery will likely man the first four slots, but after that, it’s a toss-up. With the Yankees welcoming back Domingo German from his suspension which was a result of a domestic violence case, the expectation is that he will solidify that final spot. However, he will have competition from a few younger pitchers, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Deivi García stole his thunder.

German last pitched in 2019 when he earned a 4.03 ERA and 18 wins over 143 innings. He took a massive step forward in his development, and the expectation was that he would become a premier starter for the Yankees shortly after. His suspension derailed his progress significantly, and he missed the entire 2020 season, spending most of his days curating cryptic Instagram posts.

It is fair to assume that German is on a short leash with the Yankees, as he recently posted another strange Instagram message, indicating that “everything is over,” quickly deleting it and indicating his excitement for spring training.

Skipper Aaron Boone was made aware of the post, and even he was a bit perplexed at German’s decision. However, he’s still on the roster and will compete for the final slot in the rotation.

The New York Yankees could see a massive glow-up from Garcia:

With that being said, I believe Garcia could steal the slot, having pitched 34.1 innings in 2020 and earning a 4.98 ERA. While he did get demolished on a few occasions, he held his ground in more than one instance. Against the New York Mets in August, he lasted 6.0 innings, allowing zero runs and four hits. In his third start of the year against the Toronto Blue Jays, he lasted seven innings, allowing two runs. It wasn’t until his final two starts that he began to lose his momentum, giving up six runs and four runs against Boston and Miami.

With a tantalizing curve and solid velocity, Garcia has the tools to become an adequate starting pitcher in the MLB, and at just 21 years old, the Yankees would feel very confident moving forward with him. There is a belief that Nick Nelson could also rise to the occasion and claim the fifth spot, but I believe the competition will fall down to German and Garcia. There should be an exciting position battle, and when we will keep an eye on our spring training progresses.