Aaron Boone: Domingo German Addressing Yankees Helped Start a Conversation

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistFebruary 23, 2021

New York Yankees' Domingo German, left, warms up during a spring training baseball workout Monday, Feb. 22, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
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New York Yankees pitcher Domingo German recently spoke with teammates about the domestic violence allegations that led to his suspension for the entire 2020 season.

Manager Aaron Boone said German addressed pitchers and catchers and position players separately. 

"It was a good step; something that was important to happen and gave everyone a chance to really start that conversation," Boone told reporters. "I feel like he has his teammates' support, and we'll see how that manifests itself over the coming days and weeks."

German was placed on administrative leave in September 2019, missing the remainder of that regular season and playoffs before being suspended an additional 63 games in 2020, which comprised the entire COVID-19-shortened campaign. The 28-year-old recently released a statement Sunday saying he looked forward to addressing the matter with teammates:

"It is important to me that I have the opportunity to speak directly with my teammates, both individually and collectively and address them face to face before I speak to the media and our fans.

"This process has begun but more time is needed, especially since half our team has yet to report to spring training. I recognize that speaking publicly will be an important step for me and I will do so in the upcoming days."

Yankees teammate Zack Britton said last week he was unhappy the team brought German back.

"I think sometimes you don't get to control who your teammates are and that's the situation," Britton told reporters. "I don't agree with what he did. I don't think it has any place in the game or off the field or at all."

Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman was suspended 30 games for violating MLB's domestic violence policy in 2016. Chapman told reporters through a translator that he and German had a "candid" conversation and reflected on German's recent experiences.

German went 18-4 with a 4.03 ERA and 1.15 WHIP in 2019. He's expected to compete for a spot in the Yankees starting rotation in spring training.