Colorado Rockies Short Stop Jose Reyes has been officially suspended today by MLB for a grand total of 51 games. Reyes’ suspension is retroactive to February 23, meaning he will be eligible to return to the field on May 31st.
“Mr. Reyes cooperated fully with my office’s investigation,” commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement. “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.”
As part of the discipline, Reyes has agreed to donate $100,000 toward the prevention and treatment of domestic violence.
Reyes issued his own statement following the announcement.
“I want to apologize for everything that has happened,” he said in a statement. “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 most, playing baseball. My wife Katherine has remained by my side throughout everything and for that I will be forever grateful.”
It would appear that the rumors of a 60-90 suspension may have been circulated by MLB in an attempt to get Reyes to agree to the lesser suspension and forfeiting his right to appeal. There is no word as to what will become of Reyes at the end of the month as his replacement Trevor Story has established himself as a fixture in the Colorado lineup, however, MLBTR is reporting there is a lot of interest in Reyes. Maybe if he goes cheap enough, the Yankees will trade for him.
Either way, 51 games seems to not only be an incredibly odd number to select, but also a incredibly lenient penalty. While Reyes will lost out on 6.97 million in salary, his actual game time for brutally attacking his wife, is less than if he walked into GNC and bought the wrong supplement.