Jose Reyes Suspended 51 Games

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.

11 thoughts on “Jose Reyes Suspended 51 Games

  1. I’m not sure how one measures too harsh or too lenient, but I’d argue this is about right considering they negotiated to that amount of games. Odd number though for sure, I mean like literally, yo.


  2. Some people may not like this line of argument, but I will advance it anyway. He was never brought to trial on the charges. In the end any evidence for his misdeeds was not contested in a court of law. So it seems to me that MLB would be on somewhat questionable grounds with any kind of lengthy or indefinite suspension. Not to suggest he’s an okay guy, but if there is no trial, then it is difficult to ascertain exactly what happened.

    The everlasting problem that law enforcement has when the abused person will not press charges.


    1. But this is not a legal issue — it’s a PR and business one. I think it’s a mistake to look at the law as our only medium for dealing with issues…which in no way means I think the legal system doesn’t need to get better at dealing with DV incidents.


      1. Agreed. It is a PR and business issue. Because if it was a legal issue they would have no grounds for punishing him. I will go ahead and throw out the disclaimer. I find DV completely reprehensible and borderline unforgivable in any circumstance.

        But there has to be a finding of fact. People lie.


        1. Which is why mlb does it’s investigation. Of course people lie. Have you ever heard of an abuser who admits it? It’s a privilege, btw, to get to demand due process. Victims don’t get the benefit of the doubt. There’s a better way to handle this than an adversarial system.


        2. What would that be? And don’t take the question wrongly. I’m really interested. The defects of an adversarial process are obvious. But what is better?


        3. It’s mostly what we know in the US but other legal systems are built differently. In some places a panel of judges are fact-finders who issue determinations, rather than serving as referees between the 2 sides as they try to persuade a jury. And, in administrative law, neutral fact-finders similarly make determinations based on evidence instead of persuasive arguments. Other legal systems may focus on mediation and reparations instead of punishment, and they are sometimes more effective in resolving cases and/or in reducing repeat incidents. Diversion programs are supposed to have the same effect, but sometimes fail because of poor funding and commitment. Clyde can probably give a better rundown than I can on alternative legal systems.


  3. How brisk the market is for him will be telling. NFL teams essentially blackballed Ray Rice, but he was caught on camera. Suffice to say, if Michael Vick hadn’t destroyed all the tapes of his atrocities, he never takes another snap in the league. Rice was also deemed sufficiently washed up to safely ignore.

    Greg Hardy was allowed back into the league despite awful crimes and a nonchalant as fuck attitude about them, including complete and total denial that he ever touched a woman in his life. He may finally have worn out his welcome last season. Not for being a woman beater, but because he was incredibly difficult for coaches to deal with last season. Be assured, if this 27 year old was producing on the field like he was a couple years ago, many NFL teams would be courting him. He’s currently unemployed, but Drew Rosenhaus has made every team aware that he’s now taking therapy seriously, blah, blah, blah. He’ll get another shot. If he can play well and string together 12-18 months without blasting some woman in the face and/or slinging her onto a bed full of automatic weapons, some obsequious beat reporter will write a story about his redemption. Then some odious creep like Stephen A Smith will begin asking what all the fuss was about in the first place.

    It will be interesting to see how MLB reacts when a really big name runs afoul of this new policy. Especially if it’s a perennial All Star from some baseball crazy town and it happens late in the year so the post season would be affected.

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    1. Do we know Reyes isn’t washed up? He was really bad last year, will be 33 in a month, and is owed $26M next year (because no one is pickup up the 2018 option).

      There is a really good chance that he’s never going to approach being average again, that doesn’t seem worth the PR hit of signing him, trading for him, or even picking him up off of waivers. He’s at least as washed up as RIce was….he’s lucky there is no video, but really, they may as well be.

      If a guy is young and awesome or under a long term deal, I team can probably just ride it out. But say a pitcher as good as Scherzer or Price had a DV charge right before FA…would that affect his market? What if it was a more-or-less league average guy like Leake or Kennedy? Would a DV charge wind up being a life time ban because no team would him?


      1. If it’s a star it would affect the market but it would hardly devastate it. As long as the star was willing to do the requisite mea culpas.

        With the more average players, I think the damage would be much more severe. But again, with the right damage control, they will get some contract and a chance to rehab.

        Unless they are on film.


      2. Look at Chapman. Buying a year of arguably the best closer in baseball and the right to QO him and recoup the draft pick should have gone for a lot more than what the Yankees actually paid, given the market for elite relievers in MLB recently, but his own DV suppressed his market, and not insubstantially. No, he didn’t get blackballed, but teams aren’t completely ignoring the impact, either.


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