The New York Yankees have finally gotten around to taking care of something they should have done long ago.
Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported that the Yankees placed six players on outright waivers on Thursday. While even the most ardent Yankees fan likely did not know five of those players existed, there was one name that stood out. Domingo German had finally been given his walking papers.
New York Yankees needed to let Domingo German walk long ago
German had his moments with the Yankees. He pitched a perfect game on June 28, the first time the Yankees had one in a season where they did not win the World Series. He led the American League with an .818 winning percentage in 2019, notching 18 wins. Overall, German was a solid pitcher and a respectable piece in the back of the rotation.
But German is far more than his performance on the mound. He was banished for 81 games toward the end of the 2019 season for violating the league’s domestic abuse policy, resulting in his missing the pandemic shortened 2020 season. During that time, he “retired” for a couple of days before coming back. German was scratched from a start on July 31 because he showed up drunk, making his final Yankees’ appearance in relief. He mocked a teammate for being sent to Triple-A, flipped a couch, and smashed a television before being wrangled. Although German entered treatment for alcohol abuse, the writing was on the wall.
This move was long past due. German should have been let go the moment he started to destroy the locker room in a drunken haze. He should have been let go before that for his violation of the domestic violence policy. However, as has been seen with Aroldis Chapman and Jimmy Cordero, that is not a deterrent for the Yankees. Although, one has to hope that has changed as Cordero was let go as well.
The New York Yankees are finally moving on from Domingo German. It’s about damn time they took out the trash.