We’ve now had a couple of days to absorb the suspension of Julio Urías for violating Major League Baseball’s Domestic Violence Policy. The next day we received the information that Urías would be stretched out as a starter as an option for October.
While Urias is suspended, he will build up endurance at Camelback Ranch and become a starting option for October.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) August 18, 2019
That is quick change of plans since before the suspension was announced. Previously Dave Roberts had spoken about looking at Urías as a reliever in high leverage situations instead of his once every 4-6 day 2-3 inning appearances. I had him as an important part of the bullpen also.
Roberts said the club is considering using Urias in back-to-back games in relief.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) August 5, 2019
I’ll take a look at what should be done with Julio for the 2019 post-season and also some possibilities beyond baseball.
A Starter Now?
Why would the Dodgers reverse course with Urías? Why stretch him out as a starter when he was a perfect fit as a reliever on the post-season roster? As I search for reasons why the Dodgers would do this I believe there is a reason beyond the post-season roster why the Dodgers are making this change.
It is my belief the Dodgers are going to use Urías in September as a starter to save innings of some other starters that will be used in the playoffs. I also think Urías will not be on the playoff roster as a starter or as a reliever. I believe the Dodgers will take a principled stand with Julio Urías due to his arrest and suspension. They had a chance to trade for Aroldis Chapman and took a principled stand then. Why not now?
Bigger Than Baseball
I’ve been a huge fan of Julio Urías since I first heard about him when he was just entering prospect status with the Dodgers. My wife and I went to New York to witness his Major League debut. We don’t know about the details of what happened on the night of his arrest. What we do know is that there was a enough information to suspend him. We also know that he can still be prosecuted if he doesn’t follow the following terms:
- Participates in a city attorney hearing.
- Commits “no acts of violence against anyone.
- Participates in and finishes a 52-week “domestic violence counseling program in person, and in a group setting.
These type of terms are not given to an innocent man.
Would it be the worst thing to have Julio Urías sit out the playoffs? I am hopeful that the Dodgers will take a principled stance. Let him get the help he needs so that he will not lay hands on a woman again. The Dodgers are filled with great examples of players that seem to know about what it means to treat women correctly.
I believe the Dodgers will be consistent in their dealings with players that have violated Major League Baseball’s Domestic Violence Policy. Urías is a different case than Chapman or Roberto Osuna as he is already part of the Dodger family. I am hopeful that the front office will keep him off the playoff roster. My hope is that he will be a better man for the 2020 season. I do believe in redemption and that people can change. Most importantly, I am hopeful that his victim will be healed and can live a life free of violence.
I ask, why would the Dodgers so drastically change what Urías will be doing in September? Maybe I am being a bit optimistic on the Dodgers taking a stand but I hold out hope. I do hope the Dodgers win the World Series in 2019 but I want them to do it in a way we can all be proud of.