TODAY: Chapman’s suspension isn’t expected to include Spring Training games, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports.
SATURDAY: Yesterday, we heard from Commissioner Rob Mandred on possible upcoming action against Jose Reyes, Aroldis Chapman, and Yasiel Puig for violating the league’s domestic violence policy. While suspensions are expected, penalties can come in other forms too. Although criminal charges were not brought against Chapman, he may soon be banned from this season’s Spring Training, writes Joel Sherman of the New York Post.
Manfred has broad powers with regard to suspensions related to the new domestic violence policy. However, a spring ban is only one rumored application of those powers, reports Mark Feinsand of the NY Daily News. In fact, it remains unclear if Chapman will be disciplined at all, although many outside observers expect the league to take a hard stance against alleged domestic violence. The NFL has suffered a series of public relations debacles from mishandling similar events. Major League Baseball is probably keen to distance themselves from the snafus of America’s other pastime.
Chapman has said he will immediately appeal any disciplinary measures. If those do include a spring ban, he’ll be allowed to continue participating in team events until the appeal is processed.