Thanks for your response, schillingfan. I agree with you, of course, that domestic abuse is a real problem, and one of the reasons is that there are practical difficulties addressing it under the law. You and I both don't know whether there are extenuating circumstances; what we do know is that after Herrera was arrested his girlfriend made clear she wouldn't testify causing the authorities to drop the case, and she has remained in the relationship. That leads me to question why MLB appears to want to make Odubel an example by effectively stripping him of his career, when the victim of his actions doesn't appear to care enough to use the law to seek justice.
I spoke of people with agendas. There is a lot of it going around these days, and corporations are proving easy targets for intimidation. In the last several weeks someone with an agenda got five cops removed as customers from a Starbucks. Someone with an agenda complained about the American flag on the back of a shoe, and Nike capitulated so easily it was shocking. And our own Philadelphia Flyers removed a statue of Kate Smith because someone with an agenda pointed out that early in her career she was asked to record a minstrel song.
Now Kate Smith is long gone, but folks with an agenda have nevertheless stripped her of her legacy, ignoring the soaring version of God Bless America that inspired generations of Flyers fans, and her own clear and public denunciation of racism during World War 2. And now - at least it appears to me - folks with agendas want to strip a man of his reputation and his career notwithstanding his contrition and the apparent wishes of his partner.
Yes, MLB is a private corporation that can choose the product it wishes to present to the public. As such, it is susceptible to intimidation by folks with agendas, just like Starbucks and Nike and the Flyers. All I am saying is that it stinks that justice, fairness and grace appear to have been forgotten in favor of making a Statement to appease the mavens of social media. Yes, domestic violence is a problem and it is appropriate to "speak up about something that went ignored for far too long." But what if this was your son? If he made a mistake, and owned up to it, is it just to nevertheless see him martyred?
There are thousands of victims of domestic violence. And one man who has lost his career.