Commissioner Rob Manfred is clearly trying to set the tone for how Major League Baseball is going to deal with domestic violence incidents.
On Tuesday, Manfred announced that the league is putting Colorado Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes on paid leave, pending the completion of his domestic violence case in Hawaii, as reported by ESPN.
Once Reyes's criminal case is finished, Manfred will then decide whether to hit the shortstop with a disciplinary action. That means Reyes could miss several games due to his trial and then be hit with an additional suspension, costing him and his team more games without the shortstop in action.
This comes after Reyes was arrested last October, allegedly after assaulting his wife in a Hawaii hotel. A hotel security guard told police that Reyes's wife had injuries to her leg and scratches on her neck. He has pleaded not guilty.
Reyes's trial is slated to start April 4, which happens to be the same day that the Rockies open their 2016 regular season.
As part of the paid leave, Reyes will receive the $22 million salary he's scheduled to earn this season, although there's no telling how many games he will miss and whether MLB will suspend him after the case.
And Reyes might just be the tip of the iceberg for the MLB's stance on domestic violence, as Manfred alluded to "additional progress" toward two of the first three cases under the league's bolstered DV policy.
Although the commissioner didn't name any names, the other DV cases that the MLB is investigating is that of Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig and New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman.
Perhaps Manfred learned from the mistakes the NFL made in how it handled domestic violence and wants to take a tougher stance, setting a precedent under his new regime, which began last year.
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