Jose Reyes suspended through May 31


Jose Reyes‘ domestic violence suspension has been handed down: he’s out through May 31, with the suspension being deemed retroactive to February 23, when he was placed on paid leave. The Rockies will play their 51st game on the 31st, meaning that this is, effectively, a 51-game suspension. Reyes may participate in extended Spring Training activities during the remainder of the suspension, followed by a rehabilitation assignment beginning on June 1. 

Reyes has agreed not to appeal the discipline, so this should be viewed as a settlement, one would think, and the earlier reports that he may have received 60-80 games should properly be viewed as warning shots fired across his bow to get him to not appeal. Either way, he will be out $7.3 million of his $22 million salary for 2016. He will also pay $100,000 to domestic violence charities.

Here is Commissioner Manfred’s statement on the suspension:

“My office has completed its investigation into the allegation that Jose Reyes committed an act of domestic violence on October 31, 2015.  The investigation was prolonged and complicated initially by the existence of a pending criminal proceeding against Mr. Reyes in Hawaii involving the same allegation, which has since been dismissed.  Mr. Reyes cooperated fully with my office’s investigation.  Having reviewed all of the available evidence, I have concluded that Mr. Reyes violated the Policy and should be subject to discipline in the form of an unpaid suspension that will expire on May 31st.  I am encouraged by Mr. Reyes’ commitment to the treatment provisions of the Policy in order to ensure that such an incident does not occur in the future.  Mr. Reyes also agreed to contribute a total of $100,000 to one or more charitable organizations focused on preventing and treating survivors of domestic violence.”

Jose Reyes has issued as statement as well:

I want to apologize for everything that has happened. I am sorry to the Rockies organization, my teammates, all the fans and most of all my family.

I am happy to put this all in the past and get back to doing what I love the most, playing baseball.

My wife Katherine has remained by my side throughout everything and for that I will be forever grateful.

I do not know what is appropriate here. Reyes’ case certainly involved active, physical violence as his wife was alleged to have marks on her neck, suggesting that she was choked, as well as bruises on her body, and one can make a very compelling argument that such an act should cause a player to be given a larger suspension than 51 games (i.e. 29 games less than a first time PED offense). At the same time, MLB’s domestic violence policy is in its infancy and there are not yet any strong or reliable means of judging the deterrent effect of such discipline. As is the case with most disciplinary regimes, it’s far easier to ratchet-up penalties at a later date than it is to ratchet them down. If this proves to be ineffective or insufficient, the league and union can always ratchet up.

Either way, one takeaway here should be that MLB is willing to follow through on its promise of taking each situation on a case-by-case basis and to act even when law enforcement is unwilling or unable to. And that’s not nothing.

Will fans be allowed to attend MLB playoff games?

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After a condensed 60-game regular season, the MLB playoffs kicked off this week with an usual 16-team format that you can read more about below, but one of the many questions on everyone’s mind is whether or not fans will be allowed to attend MLB playoff games.

Will fans be allowed to go to MLB playoff games?

There have been no spectators at any games this season but MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred is hopeful that fans will be able to attend the National League Championship Series and World Series Games. Both will take place in Texas which has been one of the few states allowing spectators to attend events this year.

“We are pressing ahead to have fans in Texas with a ticket sales announcement expected soon,” said Manfred to reporters at USA Today Sports. “One of the most important things to our game is the presence of fans. Starting down the path of having fans in stadiums, and in a safe and risk-free environment, is very, very important to our game.’’

Earlier this month, the Dallas Cowboys allowed over 21,000 fans into AT&T Stadium for the home opener. However, the MLB is still waiting for approval from Texas government officials. ALCS and NLCS games are expected to begin on October 11 and 12, respectively.

Below is the format and locations for each round. Unlike the regular season, there will be a bubble setup for each series in the postseason with the exception of the Wild Card round. Click here for the MLB schedule and scoreboard.

MLB Playoffs Format

Wild Card Series (Best-of-three): September 29 – October 2

All games will be held at the higher seed’s ball park.

American League

No. 1 Rays vs. No. 8 Blue Jays
No. 2 Athletics vs. No. 7 White Sox
No. 3 Twins vs. No. 6 Astros
No. 4 Cleveland vs. No. 5 Yankees

National League

No. 1 Dodgers vs. No. 8 Brewers
No. 2 Braves vs. No. 7 Reds
No. 3 Cubs vs. No. 6 Marlins
No. 4 Padres vs. No. 5 Cardinals

Division Series (Best-of-five): October 5 -10

The American League Division Series will be contested at Petco Park in San Diego and Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. The National League Division Series will be held at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas and Minute Maid Park in Houston.

League Championship Series (Best-of-seven): October 11-18

The American League Championship Series will be held at Petco Park in San Diego while the National League Championship Series will take place at Globe Life Field in Arlington.

World Series (Best-of-seven): October 20-28

The World Series will be held at Globe Life Field in Arlington. Home field advantage will go to the team with the best regular-season record.

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