Former Cubs infielder and current Nationals infielder Starlin Castro was being investigated by the league under the domestic violence policy in connection with an undisclosed incident. Today, the suspension came down.
MLB announces that Nationals INF Starlin Castro has received a 30-game suspension without pay, effective today, and an undisclosed fine for violating the league’s Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy.
— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) July 30, 2021
We don’t know what happened, but we know that’s not a small suspension and loss of salary for Castro. Based on comments from Nationals GM Mike Rizzo earlier this year, you would think that Castro will be released by the team at the end of his suspension, but we’ll see.
Now 31, you could theorize that Castro will catch on with another team next year. As we’ve seen, this hasn’t always been the end of a player’s career, much to chagrin of many baseball fans. The Cubs, for example, traded for Aroldis Chapman after his suspension under the policy, and retained Addison Russell after his suspension under the policy. I don’t really want to see the Cubs doing that again.
Your primary concern in these situations is for any victims, and hopefully their situation can be – or has been – remedied, and their safety secured.