“I asked my staff to conduct a comprehensive investigation of the incident involving Aroldis Chapman on October 30, 2015,” commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement. “Much of the information regarding the incident has been made public through documents released by law enforcement. Mr. Chapman submitted to an in-person interview with counsel present. After reviewing the staff report, I found Mr. Chapman’s acknowledged conduct on that day to be inappropriate under the negotiated Policy, particularly his use of a firearm and the impact of that behaviour on his partner.
“I am gratified that Mr. Chapman has taken responsibility for his conduct, that he has agreed not to appeal the 30-game suspension, and that he has agreed to comply with the confidential directives of the Joint Policy Board established under the parties’ Policy to ensure that a similar incident does not occur in the future.”
According to reports, Chapman will still be able to participate in spring training since the suspension will start during the regular season.
Chapman, 28, was acquired by the Yankees in the off-season in a trade with the Reds. Last season with Cincinnati he had 33 saves and put up a 1.63 ERA with 116 strikeouts in 66.1 innings pitched.