Familia Gets Soft 15 Game Ban; Matz Gets MRI

Well it only took the league four months to determine his punishment, but we finally learned today that Jeurys Familia will receive an extremely soft 15 game ban for his domestic-violence arrest.

I’m not going to say much about the league’s domestic-violence policy or how Commissioner Manfred chose to apply it in the case of Familia. The bottom line is the charges against Familia were dropped, the league conducted an investigation and determined nothing happened that warranted a significant suspension and that’s really the end of it.

I’ve already written on a number of occasions that the league doesn’t take domestic-violence seriously, and that it’s absurd that steroid suspensions are typically more severe than suspensions stemming from an arrest for a violent crime involving a player’s family member. Fans tend to forgive and forget when it comes to domestic-violence crimes involving professional athletes. It is what it is. I hope one day that mentality changes.

The more ridiculous thing is the amount of time it took for the league to determine Jeurys Familia’s suspension. The arrest happened in November, and the charges were dropped in December. What the hell took the league office so long to decide?

I kind of want to work in the MLB Commissioner’s Office and review conduct violations all day. It sounds like the most laid-back job on the planet. You just sit at a desk waiting to get a call from a team asking you to investigate a violation of league policy.

Then you say: “Yes sir, we’ve received the conduct violation details and we are processing your case.”

Then you just spend the next 1-18 months putting all the court papers in big binders occasionally taking the papers out of the binders and pushing them around your desk for a few hours before re-filing them away.

And then after making a team wait for months, you arbitrarily pick a number of games ranging from 15-45 and notify the team a few days before Opening Day.

In the end we only have to wait until April 20th for Jeurys Familia to return to the closer’s role in Flushing. The guy was throwing 100 MPH in the World Baseball Classic so I’m pretty pumped to see if that velocity carries over into the season. I’m sure the velocity will last for a few months until Terry Collins blows Familia’s arm out like he does every season.

The other takeaway from today is the Steven Matz MRI news. Pray for him. Bad news from this MRI would be a classic Mets pre-Opening Day gut punch. I’m expecting the worst.

Familia Arrested For Domestic Violence; Screw Him


Jeurys Familia was arrested on a domestic violence charge. The Mets say they know about it and are “monitoring the situation”. Familia was literally just featured in an anti-domestic violence commercial. Yikes.

Familia supposedly said the following (because of course he did).

The victim was not named, but reportedly had scratches and a bruised face. I’m sure the details will come out, but the report is already making me sick. I can’t believe we went through this with Jose Reyes and now we have to go through it again. I can’t believe what his family (the actual victims) have to go through. I can’t believe at this point we “know the drill”. It’s pretty standard. The news breaks and there’s the contingent of people that are disgusted and want the person banished, and then there’s the group that says, “Wait for the details to come out.”

Then the details come out, and they are usually as horrible as anticipated. And when the charges are inevitably dropped or settled out of court, awful people try and cast doubt on the details or worse they make excuses for the behavior.

From my perspective, a DV arrest is a DV arrest. Screw Familia. And the player cycle is the same always too:

  1. Player gets arrested.
  2. Player goes through legal process.
  3. Charges often wind up getting dropped or settled out of court.
  4. League conducts investigation.
  5. League suspends player for insignificant amount of time.
  6. Player serves suspension.
  7. Player returns apologetically and is welcomed with open arms by many team, players, and fans.
  8. Player continues to get enormous paycheck (assuming teams deem the individual talented enough to overlook the domestic violence).

The whole cycle is disgusting and makes me sick.

Talk about a terrible 2016 for the preseason Sports Illustrated Mets’ cover boys. Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom with season-ending surgeries and now Familia gets arrested for domestic violence. Pray for Familia’s wife and kid. The Mets need a new closer. Too bad the most talented one available in free agency, Aroldis Chapman, is another domestic abuser.