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Report: Familia's suspension expected to be less than 30 games

Sometime this week, the commissioner’s office is expected to discipline New York Mets closer Jeurys Familia, who was arrested on domestic violence charges in October 2016, though the 27-year-old is likely to receive a suspension shorter than the 30-game ban Aroldis Chapman received a year ago following a domestic incident, a source told Billy Witz of the New York Times.

Arrested at his New Jersey home on Halloween following a dispute that left the alleged victim with “visible injuries,” according to a police report, Familia – who made a personal plea for leniency to commissioner Rob Manfred on Monday – is thus in line to receive the shortest suspension meted out for a domestic incident since the league ratified its new domestic violence policy 19 months ago.

Player Suspension length (games)
Hector Olivera 82
Jose Reyes 52
Aroldis Chapman 30
Jeurys Familia TBD

Pursuant to the new policy, the players’ union can challenge any discipline handed out to Familia through arbitration, though none of the three players suspended under the policy have chosen to do so.

“The issue at hand is very complicated and no two situations are going to be the same, so it’s not a one-size-fits-all policy,” said Greg Bouris, a spokesman for the players’ union, speaking generally about the policy and not about Familia’s case.

“We think the policy is operating to the best of its ability, especially given the sensitivities of each case,” Bouris added.

In December, a New Jersey municipal court judge dismissed the misdemeanor charge of simple assault against Familia after a prosecutor indicated there was insufficient evidence to move the case to trial. Under the league’s domestic violence policy, however, Manfred is free to administer discipline independent of court rulings.

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