According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, Major League Baseball is expected to conduct an investigation into Ozuna, and “could suspend him under the league’s jointly negotiated policy with the MLB Players Association.”


Ozuna is already out of the Atlanta lineup for six weeks with broken fingers. Given his arrest, it’s probably fair to expect we won’t see the two-time All-Star again in 2021, at the very least.

Major League Baseball has been fairly aggressive in disciplining for domestic violence, even in cases where no charges were brought, as was the case with Yankees pitcher Domingo Germán, who recently finished an 81-game ban that included all of last season. Former Rangers closer Sam Dyson is banned for this entire season in another case where he was not arrested.


Atlanta’s statement on the arrest was boilerplate, but what could the team really say? The question, anyway, is how the team and its players react when the investigation is completed and MLB and/or the legal system punishes Ozuna. In February, Yankees reliever Zack Britton admirably spoke out about Germán’s impending return, saying, “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 or at all.”

What we’ll learn about baseball’s continued evolution in this area is down the road.


Ozuna, who has been in the league since 2013 (Marlins, Cardinals and Braves), signed a four-year, $65 million contract to stay in Atlanta this offseason and was a two-time All-Star in Miami. He finished sixth in NL MVP voting last year.

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