Major League Baseball (MLB) commissioner Rob Manfred has placed Colorado Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes on paid leave following a criminal investigation to his Oct. 31, 2015 domestic violence case in a hotel in Hawaii.
Manfred’s decision was posted by MLB Communications via Twitter and stated with the alleged case still pending, the league could impose the type of disciplinary action on a player before a criminal proceeding takes place.
The move is covered under Section II.C.2 of the policy permits the commissioner to impose a paid suspension pending resolution of the legal proceedings or an investigation, which the joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy instituted by MLB and the MLB Players Association last year.
“Upon resolution of Reyes’ criminal proceedings and the completion of the Commissioner’s Office’s investigation into the incident, Commissioner Manfred will make a decision whether to impose discipline on Reyes. The Commissioner’s Office will have no further comment on this matter until a final disposition is announced,” the statement reads.
Reyes was arrested in Maui, Hawaii, after an alleged incident at a luxury hotel in which he was accused of abusing his wife. The case is scheduled for trial in Hawaii on April 4, Opening Day for the Rockies.
However, the MLB Players Association issued a statement following the commissioner’s announcement stating that they will closely monitor the proceedings against Reyes and noted that the players have the right to challenge any ruling via arbitration.
“We are closely monitoring the proceedings in Hawaii, as well as the Commissioner’s actions under the Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy. If further discipline is issued, or if Mr. Reyes’ paid suspension is not resolved in a timely fashion, the Players Association will work with Mr. Reyes to ensure that all of his rights under the Policy are protected. Pursuant to the confidentiality provisions of the Policy, the Players Association will have no further comment at this time,” the statement adds.
The Rockies are keeping a hands-off approach on the matter and that the club leaves the matter up to MLB.
At the Cactus League Media Day news conference held in Phoenix, Manfred told reporters that the MLB has set no timetable as regards to making a decision on the Reyes case, but he also recommended counseling.
“You cannot expect a district attorney or other law enforcement official to provide information on a timetable other than what makes sense for him or her responsibly. We are always going to have this issue of being at the mercy of others when we are dealing with these sorts of issues,” Manfred added.
Aside from Reyes, Manfred and the MLB is also investigating other domestic violence including the incident that involves New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman and LA Dodgers’ outfielder Yasiel Puig.
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