The criminal domestic violence case against Mets reliever Jeurys Familia has been dismissed.
A hearing took place in Fort Lee, New Jersey today, after which the charges were dropped. As Jim Baubach of Newsday reported in a series of tweets from the courthouse, the hearing involved an interview of Familia’s wife by the prosecutors and meetings with the judge. Afterward, Familia was allowed by the judge to leave via a back door, out of sight of most of the press.
The case arose out of an October 31 incident in which Familia’s wife, Bianca Rivas, called police and was found to have been scratched and bruised. In dismissing the case the prosecutor said that the scratches and bruises had explanations that were “unrelated to domestic violence.” At least one of the scratches, the prosecutor said, was inflicted by Rivas’ and Familia’s son.
With legal proceedings concluded, the ball is now in Major League Baseball’s court as it will determine whether Familia will face suspension under the league’s Domestic Violence Policy which does not hinge on the successful and completed prosecution of the accused player. Aroldis Chapman and Jose Reyes, for example, were given suspensions despite no charges even being filed in the former’s case and charges being dismissed in the latter’s case.
The Reds acquired utilityman Darnell Sweeney from the Dodgers in exchange for cash considerations, J.P. Hoornstra of the Southern California News Group reports.
This is the second time that the Dodgers have traded Sweeney. The club sent him to the Phillies along with John Richy in August 2015 for Chase Utley. The Phillies sent him back to the Dodgers this past offseason with Darin Ruf in exchange for Howie Kendrick.
Sweeney, 26, made his major league debut in 2015 with the Phillies, hitting a meager .176/.286/.353 in 98 plate appearances. With Triple-A Oklahoma City this season, he hit .227/.290/.412 in 131 PA. While Sweeney’s bat hasn’t proven to be anything special, he has played second base, third base, shortstop, and all three outfield positions, so his flexibility will make him useful at some point.
Nationals’ star outfielder Bryce Harper had some words of advice for a local Little League team on Saturday, telling a crowd of young players and their parents that winning matters far more than any participation trophies they might receive for their efforts on the field.
“As much as they might tell you, ‘Oh, it’s okay, you guys lost…’ No, Johnny, no,” Harper explained. “No participation trophies, okay? First place only. Come on.”
The panic over participation trophy culture has swelled over the last few years as studies continue to suggest that children are happier when they’re praised for their accomplishments, rather than rewarded for simply trying their best. The general idea is that kids aren’t motivated to succeed when they know they’ll receive a ribbon or medal celebrating their efforts at the end of the day — regardless of whether they win or lose. (Granted, it stands to reason that every kid can feel the difference between winning a championship trophy and receiving a participation ribbon.) Some have taken the idea to an extreme, claiming that when a child receives too many accolades for mediocre or poor performances, it can warp the way they view the world by generating a sense of undeserved entitlement.
Harper kept his tone light during the Q&A session, however, drawing cheers and applause from the majority of parents and a few of the kids. The 2015 NL MVP has routinely taken his own advice over the years, earning Rookie of the Year honors, four All-Star nominations and a Silver Slugger award since he broke into the major leagues in 2012. Next on his list? A World Series championship.