Despite the entertainment of yesterday that came out the Hall of Fame announcement, there were a few drawbacks, most notably the news that newly signed Chicago White Sox pitcher Mike Clevinger is under investigation by MLB for domestic violence allegations.
Olivia Finestead, the mother of Clevinger’s youngest child, has been in contact with MLB officials since this past summer, citing physical, verbal, and emotional abuse from the right-hander.
She also revealed that he had thrown chewing tobacco on the child in a hotel room in Los Angeles.
On Twitter, MLB insider Dan Clark commented on the Clevinger situation and made his stance on the issue very clear, stating that there is no room in society or baseball for that type of behavior.
If the allegations against Mike Clevinger are true, a potential suspension under the DV Policy is the least of his worries. If he has inflicted this type of pain on these women and his own three children, men like this do not warrant a place in society, let alone baseball.
— Dan Clark (@DanClarkSports) January 24, 2023
More than likely, Clevinger will be issued a suspension at some point, similar to his former Cleveland Guardians teammate Trevor Bauer.
The timing of this news could not be worse for the White Sox.
They signed Clevinger to a one-year, $12 million contract back in November.
Earlier this month, Johnny Cueto departed for the Miami Marlins.
This means that the White Sox may have to dive back into the free agent market for starting pitchers.
Still, this isn’t good news for the White Sox or Clevinger.
It may cost Clevinger a spot on the team, similarly to the Bauer situation.
The 32-year-old was pitching for the San Diego Padres at the time of the alleged incident.