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It’s rare that I take an opportunity to write in the first person but this situation, and the attention it has gotten seems like the right time to break the rules a bit.
I want to open with there is nothing okay about domestic violence. Forget sports for a minute and let’s talk like people. It’s not okay and it never will be. Whether someone is an athlete, an actor or a garbage person, it’s just not okay.
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That applies to the Dodgers as well and especially so in an organization that has shown over time that they will not tolerate it at all. They showed that most notably when they scrubbed a trade for Aroldis Chapman back in 2015.
However, this course of action is required after guilt is undeniably proven and proven by both the police as well as the private investigation conducted in every case by Major League Baseball.
The league is still conducting their investigation but the police have made it clear that they did not see an intent to injure in Urias’s case.
I don’t think that gives Urias a free pass from what happened and I certainly don’t think it’s okay to shove people to the ground when you get mad but the results of that investigation make this particular situation a lot less intense. That’s huge.
But, before I wrap this up I want to offer my thoughts on the situation.
I think that Urias did something wrong. To what degree, I don’t know and I can’t honestly tell you having not been there to witness the case. However, I don’t think it’s extreme and I don’t think it warrants suspension unless the league can find something else in addition to what happened on Monday night.
Do I think Urias needs to be more careful about how he’s treating people and dealing with arguments? Yes, I absolutely do. But, do I think he’s a domestic abuser and needs to face serious charges and punishments? No, I do not. This seems like a mistake and a mishandling of an argument that got out of hand.