LADY AT THE BAT: The Chapman Suspension, Ultraviolet & Double Standards

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

The Chapman Suspension, Ultraviolet & Double Standards

Major League Baseball and Commissioner Rob Manfred kept their word yesterday. They promised not to drop the domestic violence ball as the NFL has done several times, and they kept that promise.

Though the police decided not to charge him with any crime, MLB suspended Aroldis Chapman for 30 games for an incident in his home last October. The suspension will begin on Opening Day, April 4th. He will be eligible to appear in Major League games starting on May 9th.

Chapman had originally vowed to appeal any suspension, but decided in the end to accept the punishment, saying in his statement yesterday that an appeal would be a distraction to the Yankees. So, he'll be able to fully participate in spring training but, instead of going north with the team at the beginning of April, he will remain in Tampa for extended spring training. 

He was due to make $11,325,00 this season, but will lose roughly $1.8 million due to the suspension. He can still file for free agency at the end of the season.

Speaking of money and free agency, Chapman will still make roughly $10 million this year and, assuming he has at least a normal Aroldis Chapman season, he'll really clean up in the off-season. I have absolutely no problem with that. However, I wonder if women's organizations like Ultraviolet have a problem with it. I wonder if this is behind the statements they make, such as this one from yesterday:

"Domestic violence has no place in professional sports of any kind and no player, no matter how fast or well he throws a baseball, show go unpunished for these crimes....Chapman's suspension is a step in the right direction but the MLB has a long way to go before fans can feel like domestic abuse will no longer be tolerated in baseball."

I keep wondering what would happen if Aroldis Chapman were a garbage collector, or a taxi driver. Say that was the case, and Ultraviolet somehow found out about the incident. I think we can safely assume that they wouldn't be going after him as hard as they have. There are $10 million reasons for that.

While there are other, more serious double standards, this is one that does exist, and it shouldn't.  I applaud you Ultraviolet, but let the guy serve his time and go back to work.

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