Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association today announced that they have reached agreement on a Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy to cover Major League Players. As part of the agreement, the Commissioner's Office will implement additional policies to cover Minor League players, as well as everyone employed by a Major League or Minor League club, and the Commissioner's Office, and the MLBPA will also implement an all-encompassing domestic abuse policy for its staff.
Through the joint policy applicable to Players, the parties address these all-important issues in a comprehensive manner: protecting the legal rights of Players, treating violations seriously, holding players accountable through appropriate disciplinary measures and providing resources for the intervention and care of victims, families and the Players themselves.
Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. said: "Major League Baseball and its Clubs are proud to adopt a comprehensive policy that reflects the gravity and the sensitivities of these significant societal issues. We believe that these efforts will foster not only an approach of education and prevention but also a united stance against these matters throughout our sport and our communities."
MLBPA Executive Director Tony Clark said: "Players are husbands, fathers, sons and boyfriends. And as such want to set an example that makes clear that there is no place for domestic abuse in our society. We are hopeful that this new comprehensive, collectively-bargained policy will deter future violence, promote victim safety, and serve as a step toward a better understanding of the causes and consequences of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse."