Another New York Yankees pitcher has been suspended for domestic violence.
Right-handed reliever Jimmy Cordero has been suspended for the rest of the 2023 season for violating Major League Baseball’s Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy.
According to the New York Post, Cordero’s placement on baseball’s restricted list starts immediately and will extend through the postseason if the Yankees should make it that far. He has accepted the suspension and will not appeal.
Cordero, who last pitched on July 2, will not be paid during the suspension.
MLB stated that Cordero “will participate in a confidential and comprehensive evaluation and treatment program supervised by the Joint Policy Board.”
In a statement, the Yankees said that their organization is “fully supportive of Major League Baseball’s investigative process and the disciplinary action applied to Jimmy Cordero. There is no justification for domestic violence, and we stand with the objectives, standards and enforcement of MLB’s policy.”
So far, it’s not known if Cordero, 31, will face any criminal charges stemming from the incident or incidents, the details of which have not been divulged.
Cordero had appeared in 31 games and pitched 32⅔ innings in relief with the Yankees this season, with 34 strikeouts and a 3.86 earned run average. The New York Post said he’d become “a solid piece in a bullpen that has been among the best in the majors.”
Another Yankees hurler, starting pitcher Domingo Germán, received an 81-game suspension, which he served from 2019 until 2020, related to a domestic violence incident in 2019. Germán was recently celebrated by the Yankees for throwing the fourth perfect game in Yankees history.
According to CBS Sports, Yankees manager Aaron Boone told SNYTV on Wednesday, July 5, that he learned about the suspension the previous night. He said Cordero “came to me a couple days ago and gave a heads up as to an investigation going on and that’s kind of the extent of it.”
The Yankees have 76 games remaining in the 2023 season, so Cordero’s ban is essentially a 76-game regular season suspension.
So far, as CBS Sports reports, the longest suspensions under MLB’s domestic violence policy are:
- Trevor Bauer, 194 games (reduced from 324 games on an appeal)
- Sam Dyson, 162 games
- José Torres, 100 games
- Carlos Martínez, 85 games
- Odubel Herrera, 85 games
- Héctor Olivera, 82 games
- Domingo Germán, 81 games
- Jimmy Cordero, 76 games
Domestic violence can bring severe punishments
Beyond suspensions for baseball players, which lead to lost income, domestic violence charges against a person can lead to severe punishments such as prison time and high fines under Texas domestic violence laws.
Under Texas law, there are several types of domestic assault or family violence crimes. They include:
- Domestic assault
- Aggravated domestic assault
- Domestic assault impeding breath
- Continuous violence against the family, which includes a family member by marriage, blood or adoption or a household member (such as a roommate or someone who is a former or current dating partner of the alleged offender)
If you’re convicted of domestic violence, you may have options when it comes to sentencing. Learn about some alternatives to jail or prison in Texas.
Domestic assault is a Class A misdemeanor involving an assault that causes pain or even the threat of pain. It can lead to punishments of up to 1 year in a Texas county jail and a fine of up to $4,000.
Even worse is a charge for the crime of aggravated domestic assault. This pertains to more serious injuries and can involve an attacker using a weapon. That includes using a weapon in a threatening manner that causes a victim to fear they will suffer a serious bodily injury.
Aggravated domestic assault is a first-degree felony. Punishments can include a fine of as much as $10,000 and a sentence of 5 to 99 years in a state prison.
As for domestic assault impeding breath, Texas laws on domestic assault changed in 2009 to make a domestic assault involving strangulation, choking or blocking a victim’s breathing a third-degree felony.
Punishments for this crime can include a fine of as much as $10,000 and a prison sentence of 2 to 10 years. Even worse, if someone already had a previous conviction for family violence, then the strangulation charge can be raised to a second-degree felony, with punishments including a fine of up to $10,000 and a prison sentence of 2 to 20 years.
Then there’s continuous violence against the family. What does that charge mean? It means that the accused has committed 2 domestic assaults within 1 year against a person with whom they had a domestic relationship. Those assaults can have been against different family members, and they can have occurred in different places under Texas law.
Continuous violence against the family is a third-degree felony, bringing possible punishments of a fine up to $10,000 and 2 to 10 years in state prison.
A skilled domestic assault defense lawyer is vital
If you or someone in your family in the Houston area faces a claim, accusation or charge of domestic assault, it’s vital that you engage a skilled and experienced domestic assault defense lawyer or attorney.
Your case may involve false allegations of domestic assault, which your defense lawyer can refute. Another defense against a domestic assault charge is that the accused person only acted in self-defense. In fact, acting in self-defense is the most frequent legal defense against an assault charge.
Even so, your domestic violence defense lawyer must be able to show that the self-defense was proportionate to the initial attack by the alleged victim.
For example, if a woman slapped a man and he defended himself by breaking her jaw, that would not be proportionate to her initial attack, and it would not be considered appropriate self-defense.
In order to prove self-defense as a legal defense to a domestic assault charge, the defense attorney for the accused person must also prove that they had no reasonable chance to retreat or escape from the initial attack or threat of attack by the alleged victim.
Whatever the case, you must protect your legal rights. To do so, contact us today at the award-winning Neal Davis Law Firm. We can arrange a confidential consultation about your domestic assault or family violence case.
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