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Yankees’ Aroldis Chapman Suspended 30 Games


The New York Yankees will be without their newly acquired closer Aroldis Chapman until May 9.

Major League Baseball suspended Chapman on Tuesday for thirty regular season games, without pay, under the new Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy. Although never charged, Chapman was accused of domestic violence against his girlfriend last fall before the Yankees acquired him; he won’t appeal the decision. In that thirty game span, the twenty-eight-year-old will lose $1.7 million.

The left-hander will be allowed to remain with the team through Spring Training but won’t be allowed to play in a regular season game until Monday, May 9 when the Yankees play the defending World Series Champion Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium.

The Yankees acquired Aroldis Chapman from the Cincinnati Reds on December 28, 2015 in exchange for minor leaguers Eric Jagielo, Tony Renda, Caleb Cotham and Rookie Davis. After joining the Yankees he agreed to a one year extension to avoid arbitration for $11.325 million.

Chapman recorded 33 Saves in 2015 with a 1.63 ERA in sixty five appearances, he is most notably known for his fastball that easily clocks 100mph.

Chapman is one of the best closers in the game right now and will now join two other high quality relievers in Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller, making the Yankees’ bullpen quite possibly one of the best in the league if all goes as planned.


Bethany is a Graduate of the University of South Florida and currently resides in Tampa. She is a die-hard Yankees' fan and has been a freelance writer for six years. She has covered the Yankees' Minor League System since 2010 and also does freelance work for and CBS Local Tampa Bay. Follow her on Twitter @TampaBethany

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