Domestic violence is definitely no joke, and the Houston Astros aren’t messing around with their punishment.
One day after it was released that Houston Astros outfield prospect Danry Vasquez was caught on camera assaulting his girlfriend outside of Whataburger Field in Corpus Christi, the organization decided to take a stand following Major League Baseball’s own ruling on the matter.
Vasquez was arrested on August 4th and later put on administrative leave from Major League Baseball the same day. He has not appeared in a game since July 31st. And it is remains to be seen if he will ever appear in a professional baseball game again.
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Via a recent article from Brian McTaggart of MLB.com, the organization released the following statement addressing the issue:
"“The Astros have released Minor League player Danry Vasquez effective immediately and upon MLB’s ruling today. We are appreciative of MLB’s commitment to take timely action and for the diligence of the Corpus Christi PD in pursuing their investigation.“We appreciate the ruling today as it supports our firm intention to terminate Danry’s association with our club. We will continue to cooperate with Corpus Christi PD as they complete their investigation.”"
If you may recall, the Astros acquired Vasquez back in 2013 when the team traded reliever Jose Veras to the Detroit Tigers. Vasquez, a native of Venezuela, was then one of the more promising prospects that the team acquired during its original tear down a few years ago. In 233 plate appearances this season for the team’s Double-A affiliate, the Hooks, the 22-year old slashed .265/.322/.374 with three home runs and 20 RBI.
Swift action from Major League Baseball and the organization was expected as the attention to domestic violence has increased following high profiled incidents not only in baseball, but also across the entire sports landscape. And I, for one, appreciate the kind of action taken in this case.
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