Criminal charges against Jeurys Familia dismissed

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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.

Jose Reyes is hitless in 20 plate appearances to start the season

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Mets backup infielder Jose Reyes pinch-hit and popped up in the top of the eighth inning of Thursday night’s game in Atlanta against the Braves. That ran his streak up to 20 consecutive hitless plate appearances to start the 2018 season. He has reached base once, however, on a walk, so there’s that.

Reyes, 34, signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Mets near the end of January. At the time, the Mets hadn’t yet signed Todd Frazier, so Reyes was in the mix to contribute as a utilityman but he has operated as a bat off the bench for the most part this season.

One wonders how much longer the Mets are going to let Reyes flounder. According to FanGraphs, he has already been worth a half-win less than a replacement-level player. Only eight other players have been as bad or worse this season.