The MLB’s hammer has finally been dropped on New York Mets closer Jeurys Familia, as the righty will serve a 15 game suspension to open 2017.Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred has officially made his decision on a 15 game suspension, without pay, for New York Mets closer Jeurys Familia following a domestic violence incident with Familia’s wife, Bianca Rivas, last Halloween, reports Billy Witz of the New York Times.
That time frame makes April 20 the tentative return date for the 2016 MLB saves leader to return to the bullpen in Queens.
The total cost of the suspension for Familia is reported by Witz to be around $730,000.
The Dominican born righty has reportedly already completed 12 90-minute counseling sessions, as per the suspension.
Familia will also make a donation to charity, as well as speak to incoming major league rookies in the near future.
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The suspension puts Familia right in line with how the league has punished players recently for similar domestic violence issues.
Last season, New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman received a 30 game suspension for an alike reason, along with a 51 game suspension for Familia’s now teammate, Jose Reyes, for an incident similar to his.
Besides leading the majors with 51 saves last season, Familia also produced a solid 2.55 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 31 walks/84 strikeouts over 77.2 innings pitched.
But what he will perhaps most be remembered for in 2016 was the dramatic three-run home run he gave up to San Francisco Giants third baseman Conor Gillaspie, which eventually ended the Mets’ short-lived postseason run at just the National League Wild Card game.
Setup man Addison Reed appears to be the de-facto closer for the Mets during Familia’s stead, as the former closer shut opponents down over 77.2 innings last season to the tune of a 1.97 ERA.