Did New York Yankees Pitcher Domingo German Just Announce His Retirement on Instagram?
The suspended hurler released social media posts that hinted at retirement
New York Yankees right-handed pitcher Domingo German is in the midst of an 81-game suspension for a domestic violence incident from last year. With 63 games remaining on the punishment, the soonest he would play again would be in 2021, given the 60-game slate this season. However, if his recent activity on Instagram is to be believed, he may be have thrown his last pitch.
On Friday, the 27-year-old German posted on Instagram a simple-seven-word message indicating he was done with baseball.
The initial post was deleted shortly after appearing but was soon replaced with another, again hinting that he might not return.
After nearly a decade spent in the minors and in brief, unsuccessful stints in the majors, German broke out in a big way in 2019 before his legal troubles. He was 18–4 with a 4.03 ERA, striking out 153 in 143 innings. His Achilles heel was the long ball, as he coughed up 30 home runs. Nevertheless, he had become a major piece of the New York rotation until he was sidelined.
For the time being, the Yankees have remained mum on the situation. Manager Aaron Boone was quoted as saying, “I know he’s in the States visiting his child right now, but beyond that I don’t really know much about it. I don’t really have much to say on the situation.”
It will be interesting to see how the situation unfolds in the coming days.