New York Yankees’ pitcher Domingo German is suspended 63 games, but what happens now that the 2020 MLB season is only 60 games?
Domingo German missed the end of the 2019 season and all of the 2019 postseason due to the fact that he violated the MLB’s domestic violence policy. With that, German was suspended an extra 63 games, adding up to a total of 81 games, or half a typical MLB season.
With this, the New York Yankees immediately lost two of their best pitchers, German and Luis Severino. Not ideal considering the Yankees appeared to have fixed their starting rotation problems with the addition of Gerrit Cole, but they’ll have to figure it out.
The question is; what happens to German, now that the season is 60 games, and not 162?
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Personally, I don’t think it’s fair that German will still be suspended 63 games because of the fact that he was originally suspended 63 games because it made up half a season, but now it’s a full season. I understand the seriousness of why German was suspended, but I also understand what he misses out on with his suspension.
With his 63-game suspension being carried out in a 60-game season, German loses out on an entire season of pay, when he was supposed to miss out on only half of it, with 18 games last season, and 63 this season.
If the MLB changed his suspension to the equivalent of 63-games out of a 162 game season for a 60-game season, German would miss about 24 games, which personally I don’t find fair either. German was suspended because he violated the MLB domestic violence policy, I don’t believe he should get off with serving only 42 games when he was supposed to serve 81.
This being said, this situation is really tricky because of the obscure circumstances the world and the MLB are currently in. With this in mind, I think German’s suspension should be edited so he doesn’t miss an entire MLB season when he was only supposed to miss half, but the correct amount is going to be difficult to determine.