MLB Bans New York Yankees Pitcher Jimmy Cordero for Season

Posted on: July 6, 2023, 08:19h. 

Last updated on: July 6, 2023, 09:37h.

New York Yankees reliever Jimmy Cordero will miss the remainder of the season and postseason after MLB issued a 76-game suspension for violating the league’s domestic violence policy.

Jimmy Cordero
New York Yankees relief pitcher Jimmy Cordero, seen here in action at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, is banned for the rest of the season. (Image: USA Today Sports)

Cordero, 31, is a right-handed relief pitcher from the Dominican Republic. He pitched for three teams, the Washington Nationals, Toronto Blue Jays, and Chicago White Sox, prior to the 2020 season, after which, he underwent Tommy John surgery.

The Yankees signed Cordero in 2022, and he spent last season in the minor leagues with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Injuries to multiple pitchers began to mount in spring training, and Cordero earned a roster spot as a member of the bullpen.

Cordero appeared in 31 games, with one start. Only three other relief pitchers appeared in more games than Cordero this season. He has a 3-2 record with a 3.66 ERA and 1.07 WHIP.

Manager Aaron Boone relies heavily on his bullpen and utilized Cordero as a middle-innings reliever. Cordero is second on the Yankees with eight holds. He didn’t allow a run in 23 out of his 31 appearances this season and has held opponents to a .208 batting average.

Few Details Emerge in Cordero Investigation

MLB didn’t provide specifics of its confidential investigation into Cordero. The Yankees were only informed about the investigation last week, and Cordero was vague about the details.

The Yankees are fully supportive of Major League Baseball’s investigative process and the disciplinary action applied to Jimmy Cordero,” MLB said in an official statement. “There is no justification for domestic violence, and we stand with the objectives, standards and enforcement of MLB’s Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy.”

“My biggest thing right now is feeling for the situation and hoping and praying that something good comes out of it and there’s maturity, growth, and healing in whatever is going on,” said Boone.  “As far as the bullpen, I wouldn’t even say that’s secondary. This is real life and a much more serious situation that’s going on.”

Cordero didn’t address the team directly but spoke to a few teammates, including captain Aaron Judge.

There’s still a lot of unknowns,” Judge told The Athletic. “We really don’t know what happened and what the incident is. Hopefully, he learns from this and becomes a better person on the other side.”

In 2020, starting pitcher Domingo German served an 81-game suspension for violating MLB’s domestic violence policy after he admitted to slapping his girlfriend in 2019. German was also banned for 10 games in May for using a sticky substance before he bounced back with a perfect game.

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