Zack Britton
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MLB Spring Training Has Begun

Pitchers and catchers are reporting to MLB Spring Training this week. Among those returning to the New York Yankees is right-handed starting pitcher Domingo German. The Dominican-born hurler is coming back from an 81-game suspension for domestic abuse. Fellow Yankees pitcher Zack Britton had some thoughts about that.

Spoiler Alert, Zack Britton Ain’t a Fan of Domingo German

Britton fielded a question over a Zoom interview about German’s return. He didn’t have what you would call a glowing endorsement.

That’s a tough question. I don’t think [German] owes anything to me. I think it’s off the field stuff that he needs to take care of. Sometimes you don’t get to control who your teammates are, and that’s the situation. I don’t agree with what he did. I don’t think it has any place in the game or off the field at all.

My job is to go out there and pitch and do my job. So that’s kind of what my concern is right there. But he doesn’t owe me anything. I think that’s something that he’s going to have to deal with on his own and make better choices going forward.

Zack Britton, in a Zoom interview (via nj.com)

Yikes. Britton essentially took the ‘no comment’ approach to the German question. What he did say, however, indicates that he doesn’t think German should have been allowed to return. “Sometimes you don’t get to control who your teammates are?” Ouch. “I don’t think it has any place in the game or off the field at all.” Oof.

Can’t blame Britton for this one. I would not want to share a dugout or a locker room with a dude who hits women. What German did is absolutely disgusting and abhorrent. No ifs, ands, or buts about it. End of discussion.

Even a couple of months ago, Hal Steinbrenner wasn’t sure about bringing German back after the suspension. Ultimately, the Yankees organization decided to give him a second chance. We’ll have to see how that works out for them.

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