Major League Baseball has suspended Tampa Bay Rays infielder Wander Franco, who is under investigation for alleged contact with a minor.
“With the concurrence of Major League Baseball’s labor and management, I am announcing the placement of Franco on an official leave of absence,”바카라 Major League Baseball announced today.
The leave of absence will remain in effect while the commissioner’s investigation continues. “This leave of absence does not constitute discipline under the Convention on the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence, Sexual Violence and Child Abuse, and we will comment further at the appropriate time,” the Secretariat added.
Wander Franco is under investigation by Major League Baseball’s Office of the Commissioner. Photo: MK Sports DB
Franco is currently under investigation by both the league office and the Dominican Republic Public Prosecutor’s Office for inappropriate relationships with minors.
He will be placed on administrative leave, at least for the duration of these investigations.
He has not been placed on the restricted list, so in principle, he remains eligible for the postseason. However, it seems extremely unlikely at this point.
He should be concerned about whether he can continue his career as a baseball player.
“Based on what we’ve seen so far, it seems very unlikely that Franco will ever play in the major leagues again,” said Hector Gomez, a Dominican baseball journalist with knowledge of the situation.
Franco, a former No. 1 prospect in major media rankings, broke into the big leagues in 2021 and is hitting .282 with a .340 on-base percentage and .454 slugging percentage in 265 games over three years.
In 2023, he was batting .281 with a .344 on-base percentage, .475 slugging percentage, 17 home runs and 58 RBIs in 112 games and was named to his first career All-Star team.
The Rays agreed to an 11-year, $182 million contract with him last November. But before the ink was even dry on the contract, he was caught up in an improper affair.
In a statement, the club supported the commissioner’s decision, saying: “Our organisation demands a high level of integrity on and off the field. We thank our fans for their understanding and patience during this process. We will not make any further comment until the conclusion of the Major League Baseball Office’s investigation process.”