Yankees Pitcher Jimmy Cordero Suspended for Rest of Season Under MLB’s Domestic Violence Policy

New York Yankees pitcher Jimmy Cordero has been handed a suspension by Major League Baseball (MLB) for the entire 2023 season under the league’s joint domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse policy with the MLB Players Association.

MLB said the 31-year-old right-hander accepted the suspension and will miss the season’s final 76 games and the postseason.

The Yankees said in a statement they are “fully supportive” of the investigative process and they supported MLB’s discipline and “there is no justification for domestic violence.”

With 34 strikeouts and a 3.86 ERA over 32.2 innings, Cordero has been a valuable asset to the team. Cordero’s last pitch was in the team’s recent 5-1 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. He entered the game in the seventh inning, taking over for ace pitcher Gerrit Cole. Despite his efforts, Cordero allowed three earned runs on five hits during his time on the mound.

The suspension not only impacts Cordero’s playing time but also carries a financial consequence. He will lose $340,648 in outstanding salary due to the suspension. Additionally, Cordero will not be included in the Yankees’ 40-man roster while serving his punishment.

The specific details leading to Cordero’s suspension have not been made public, leaving fans and observers with unanswered questions. However, MLB and the MLBPA introduced their joint policy in 2015 with wide latitude to discipline a player who is the subject of domestic violence, sexual assault, or child abuse allegations. Under this policy, the commissioner holds the authority to discipline players even without criminal charges being filed.

MLB stated that Cordero will undergo a confidential and comprehensive evaluation and treatment program alongside his suspension. This signifies the league’s commitment to addressing the issue at hand and ensuring appropriate measures are taken to support the affected parties.

The suspension serves as a reminder that professional sports organizations are taking matters of domestic violence and abuse seriously. MLB’s commitment to enforcing its policy demonstrates a zero-tolerance approach to such behavior within the league.

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