Pitcher gets one-year ban for violating domestic violence policy


An MLB pitcher has been handed a full-season suspension for violating the league's domestic violence policy.

Sam Dyson, who last pitched in 2019 with the San Francisco Giants and Minnesota Twins, was dealt the one-year ban by Commissioner Rob Manfred on Friday.

Dyson, 32, has been a free agent since last offseason, when the league first announced it was investigating the relief pitcher after his ex-girlfriend had accused him of abusing her in a report published by The Athletic.

The woman provided the outlet with photos of bruises she said were inflicted by Dyson, who is listed at 6-foot-1 and 215 pounds. She also claimed he had abused her cat.

“My office has completed its investigation,” baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement. “Having reviewed all of the available evidence, I have concluded that Mr. Dyson violated our policy and that discipline is appropriate.”

Dyson, who played his college ball for the South Carolina Gamecocks, became the first player suspended under the league policy -- which also includes sexual assault and child abuse -- since the Yankees' Domingo German was banned 81 games in September 2019 for domestic violence.

The suspension is about the 15th such case since the league implemented the policy in 2016, according to the Associated Press.

Dyson is 24-23 with a 3.40 ERA in 376 career appearances across eight seasons with the Blue Jays, Marlins, Rangers, Giants and Twins.

He's perhaps best known as the pitcher who served up the pivotal postseason home run to Toronto's Jose Bautista which became one of the early focal points in the debate over bat-flipping.