Jose Reyes Domestic Violence Charges Dropped

Written by Chris Cwik at YahooSports.com

Domestic abuse charges against Colorado Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes are expected to be dismissed. Reyes’ wife is not cooperating with the case, giving prosecutors no choice but to drop the charges, according to the Associated Press.

Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Kerry Glen has already filed papers to drop the case. Glen says Reyes’ wife will not speak with prosecutors, and will not return to Maui, where the incident took place.

“The complaining witness, Mr. Reyes’ wife, is what we call an uncooperative witness,” Glen said. “At this point, I have no other avenue for prosecution.”

Reyes was arrested in October, after allegedly assaulting his wife in a hotel room. He reportedly grabbed her by the neck and pushed her into a sliding glass door. At the time, Reyes’ wife told police she had injuries on her thigh, neck and wrist. She was taken to the emergency room that night for further evaluation.

Reyes was set to begin a trial April 4, the date of the Rockies first game of the season. Reyes was placed on paid leave by Major League Baseball until the conclusion of his trial.

Despite the fact that Reyes’ charges will be dropped, he’s still subject to punishment from baseball commissioner Rob Manfred. New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman received a 30 game suspension for his role in a domestic incident at his Florida home in November. Chapman did not face criminal charges.

Given that Reyes was one of the first players to be subject to MLB’s new domestic violence policy, it was unclear how Manfred would handle the case. The policy was introduced last August, and was agreed upon by the league and Players Association.

The fact that Reyes faced charges led many to believe he would receive a hefty suspension following the conclusion of his trial.

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Jose Reyes Suspended for Domestic Violence

Written by Ronald Blum at CharlotteObserver.com 

Colorado Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes was placed on paid leave Tuesday under Major League Baseball’s new domestic violence policy pending completion of criminal proceedings. He will not report to spring training.

The 32-year-old Reyes, a four-time All-Star, was arrested in Hawaii at a Maui resort on Oct. 31 following an argument with his wife and pleaded not guilty to a charge of abuse of a family or household member. He was released after posting $1,000 bail and is scheduled for a trial starting April 4, the day the Rockies open the season at Arizona.

Reyes became the first player impacted by the policy, agreed to in August by MLB and the players’ association following a series of high-profile domestic violence cases involving NFL players. New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman and Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig also are under investigation.

MLB said Commissioner Rob Manfred will not decide on possible discipline for Reyes until after the criminal proceedings and an MLB investigation. Discipline is not dependent on a criminal conviction.

Under the policy, a player can be placed on paid leave in “exceptional cases” pending a legal proceeding if the commissioner determines allowing him to play “would result in substantial and irreparable harm to either the club or to Major League Baseball.”

While the policy calls it a paid suspension, MLB in its statement termed it leave. While players do not earn salary during spring training, Reyes will start accruing his $22 million salary on April 3, the day the MLB season opens. If the discipline becomes an unpaid suspension, he has the right to offset the time served against the penalty but must repay any salary he received during the paid suspension.

The players’ union has the right to challenge the decision before an arbitrator.

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Ranking the best 15 right fielders in Major League Baseball for 2016

Written by Matt Snyder on CBSsports.com

We conclude our trek through ranking the positions with right field. We’ll have starting pitchers, relievers and DHs in the coming days.

As was the case with previous rankings, let’s keep these things in mind:

1. We are ranking the players based upon which ones we’d most want to have for the 2016 season only, ignoring salary. Quite simply, if money were no object and you were trying to win the World Series this season, which player would you most want to have?

2. These are subjective, as voted on by Matt Snyder, Dayn Perry and Mike Axisa. We ranked the players at each position individually and averaged out the results.

3. These aren’t fantasy baseball rankings. All-around play matters.

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