Yankees' Domingo Germán Hints at Sudden Retirement In Cryptic Social Media Post

Max Goodman

NEW YORK – From a domestic violence suspension to a sudden retirement?

Yankees' right-hander Domingo Germán posted a cryptic message regarding the future of his professional baseball career on his Instagram page Friday night.

"Me fui del beisbol," Germán wrote on his Instagram story. "Gracias mi gente."

Translated from Spanish, that means "I've left baseball. Thanks everyone."

The 27-year-old was set to miss the entirety of this summer's truncated regular season as he's due to serve the final 63 games of his 81-game ban for violating MLB's domestic violence policy dating back to last fall.

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Germán didn't stop there. He also posted this lengthier message in Spanish to Instagram:

The post, shared prior to his brief message on his story, also alludes to his 11-year career in professional baseball coming to an end. He made his debut at the big-league level in 2017, entering the starting rotation full time this past season.

Since the right-hander's sudden perplexing messages were shared during New York's intrasquad Friday evening, manager Aaron Boone was hearing about the posts for the first time. 

"I know he's in the States visiting his child right now, but beyond that I don't really know much about it," Boone said. "I don't really have much to say on the situation."

The same goes for catcher Gary Sánchez, who like Germán is also from the Dominican Republic. 

"It's been a while since I've spoken to Domingo," Sánchez said through the Yankees' interpreter. "I just came out of the game so this is the first time I'm hearing about it. So, I don't have much information about the topic."

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Due to the suspension, Germán has not been present at Yankees' Summer Camp this month, nor was he with the club in Tampa for Spring Training prior to the league's coronavirus-induced shutdown. The earliest he would be able to play is the fourth game of the postseason later this fall, if the Yankees were to make it that far.

In 2019, Germán was one of New York's best starting pitchers, leading the staff with 18 wins. With just four losses, he had the best win-loss percentage in all of baseball (.818) to go along with a 4.03 ERA in 143 innings pitched. 

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