It has become almost a ritual. A baseball player is suspended for domestic violence; he passes his time away from the game in counseling and perhaps with some community service, then returns to the team when his suspension is up. Broadcasters remark about his return, frequently noting how important he is to the team, how important it is to have him back. And life goes on.

Even with that pattern well established since the establishment of MLB's domestic violence policy in 2015, it came as a shock recently to hear one announcer talk about a suspended pitcher's welcome return "after…

Don and Petie Kladstrup

American writers living in France, working on forthcoming book, “Almost Home: Playing Baseball in France.” Authors, “Wine & War,” and “Champagne.”

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