Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Mlb Vows to Take on Domestic Violence

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Mlb Vows to Take on Domestic Violence

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NEW YORK - Hours after Mets reliever Jeurys Familia pled not guilty to a charge of domestic violence, Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred emphasized the need for more awareness.

"One of the really important features of the policy we negotiated with MLBPA is the educational component," Manfred said on Thursday. "That's something we'll continue to work hard at."

Manfred and members of the 1996 world champion Yankees were honored Thursday night at the Joe Torre Safe at Home Foundation's 14th annual dinner. Along with promoting awareness, the foundation has provided counseling to children impacted by domestic violence.

In a year that saw ex-Yankee reliever Aroldis Chapman, Mets infielder Jose Reyes, and former Giants kicker Josh Brown suspended due to incidents of domestic violence, Familia's case brought the subject to light again locally.

"I really credit MLB and the Players Association for digging in on this issue," Torre said of the cooperation in baseball to provide awareness and dole out sentences - even without an arrest or conviction.

"This stuff has been going on for years, not only in athletics but everywhere," Torre said. "So the fact that we're talking about it [and] we're forced to face it, I think is a positive, [although] I'm uncomfortable saying 'positive' when you're talking about domestic violence."

Chapman was the first player suspended under MLB's new joint domestic violence policy.

On Oct. 30, 2015, Chapman allegedly pushed and put his hands on the neck of girlfriend Cristina Barnea during an argument at his Miami-area home, then later fired eight gunshots - one of which exited a window - while locked, alone, in his garage.

Florida prosecutors decided not to pursue charges based on insufficient evidence and conflicting witness accounts, but Chapman received a 30-game ban.

On Oct. 31, 2015 in Maui, Reyes, then with the Rockies, was alleged to have engaged in a physical altercation with his wife, Katherine, that required treatment for her injuries at a hospital. …

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