MLB and the Players Association agreed to a deal regarding how a shortened 2020 season would be handled, and part of the deal impacts players currently facing suspensions under the joint domestic violence policy.
SNY's Andy Martino confirmed that under the new agreement, a player like Domingo German (who has 63 games remaining on a suspension that began last season) will still have to serve the current time left on his suspension in 2020. But if the season is significantly shortened or even canceled, the suspension will not carry over to the 2021 season.
German was originally handed an 81-game suspension on Jan. 2, retroactive to Sept.19, which is when the right-hander was first placed on administrative leave by MLB.
The 27-year-old was involved in an alleged domestic incident either late on Sept. 16 or in the early hours of the next morning, following an appearance at CC Sabathia's charity gala.
"We remain steadfast in our support of Major League Baseball's investigative process and the disciplinary action taken regarding Domingo German," the Yankees said in a statement this past January. "Domestic violence - in any form - is a gravely serious matter that affects every segment of our society. Major League Baseball has taken the lead in our industry to make domestic violence awareness and prevention a priority, and we will continue to back those efforts. We are encouraged by Domingo's acceptance of his discipline, and we sincerely hope this indicates a commitment to making a meaningful and positive change in his personal conduct."
German's 81-game ban is the MLB's longest under the joint MLB-MLBPA domestic violence policy.