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Outfielder Gets Suspended for the Season

Odúbel Herrera says he is 'disappointed' in himself
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 6, 2019 2:50 PM CDT
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Philadelphia Phillies baseball player Odubel Herrera leaves a courtroom with his girlfriend, Melany Martinez-Angulo, after a hearing on a domestic violence case in Atlantic City, NJ, Wednesday, July 3, 2019.   (Jessica Griffin/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool)
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(Newser) – Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Odúbel Herrera accepted a suspension for the rest of the season under Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy, the AP reports. The commissioner's office announced his decision Friday, two days after domestic assault charges against Herrera in Atlantic City, New Jersey, were dismissed. He had been charged with simple assault and knowingly causing bodily injury stemming from an incident on May 27 at the Golden Nugget Casino. The woman, his girlfriend, declined to press charges. "I acted in an unacceptable manner and am terribly disappointed in myself. I alone am to blame for my actions," Herrera said in a statement issued through the players' association.

"I've taken meaningful steps to assure that nothing like this will ever happen again. I have learned from this experience, and I have grown as a person. I apologize to the Phillies' organization, my teammates, and all my fans." Herrera said he intends to "work on being a better partner, teammate, and person." Herrera's suspension would include any postseason games. The unpaid suspension is retroactive to June 24 and covers 85 games. He will lose $2,634,409 of his $5 million salary, the amount due over the final 98 days of the 186-day regular season. He is in the third year of a $30.5 million, five-year contract and is due to make $7 million next season and $10 million in 2021. The Phillies have club options for 2022 and '23.

(Read more domestic violence stories.)

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