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MLB Suspends Familia 15 Games

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Familia Gets 15 games in Domestic Dispute Issue

The MLB handed down its 4th domestic abuse related suspension since August of 2015 to Jeurys Familia. The Mets closer was bound to face punishment from a domestic violence dispute that happened on October 31st of 2016. Many fans expected him to receive a ban similar to that of Closer Arodlis Chapman, who received 30 games at the start of last season for an alleged incident during the off season.  Ultimately, charges were dropped against both players, Familia and his wife cooperated with the state’s attorney during the investigation.

On top of the 15 games that Familia will miss, he will also forfeit 18 days of pay (resulting around $700k), appearances in front of MLB rookie camps in the Dominican and the USA as well as a New York based domestic violence group. He has also gone through 12 ninety minute counselling sessions so far to this point. He will also make a charity donation per Ken Rosenthal.


Many fans aren’t thrilled with the short ban that Familia will get, as it is the shortest since the Domestic Abuse policy’s inception in August of 2015. While none of the players have been convicted and all cases have been dropped, many fans feel it should have been longer. With the rise of domestic issues in sports across the board, the league will certainly face backlash from some fans.

In what was a no win case. The Mets will only lose their closer for 15 games, which isn’t too bad. Familia has issued a statement and will accept his ban without challenging it.

Familia should be eligible to play again as early as April 20th. A key piece in the Mets bullpen, Terry Collins and crew will look forward to him closing out games.