New York Yankees reliever Jimmy Cordero was suspended for the remainder of the 2023 season for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy.
The league’s policy, negotiated with the MLB Players Association, does not mandate any specific length of suspension. Cordero’s 76-game ban, which he agreed to, is one of the longest ever handed down by the league, surpassing Trevor Bauer (324 games, reduced to 194 on appeal), Sam Dyson (162), José Torres (100) , after Hector Oliveira (82). ) and his Yankees teammate Domingo German (81).
When suspending players under policy, MLB does not announce what it investigated or what it found during the process.
In a statement, the team said: “The Yankees fully support Major League Baseball’s investigative process and the disciplinary action being taken against Jimmy Cordero. There is no justification for domestic violence, and we continue to adhere to MLB’s joint objectives, standards and enforcement.” Standing Together. Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy.”
Cordero, 31, had emerged as a key part of the Yankees’ bullpen after not pitching in the majors since 2020. New York’s relief corps has allowed the team to remain relevant amid an offensive slump since Aaron Judge made the injured list on June 7. The ligament of his right toe was torn.
Yankees relievers had a 2.82 ERA, best in the major leagues, and allowed the fewest home runs while generating the highest ground-ball rate.
With a fastball above 97 mph and a slider to complement it, Cordero, who spent last season with the Nationals, Blue Jays and White Sox, emerged as a viable middle-inning reliever for manager Aaron Boone. , who did not allow a run in 23 starts. Out of his 31 appearances. Cordero signed with the team in 2022 and spent that season in the minor leagues before posting a 3.86 ERA in 32⅔ innings this season.