NY Yankees pitcher Aroldis Chapman has been suspended 30 games for his role in an alleged domestic violence incident involving his GF ... and will lose roughly $1.7 MILLION in salary.
As we previously reported, Chapman's girlfriend claimed he pushed and choked her during an argument back in October ... then went to the garage and fired several shots into the wall.
Chapman denied wrongdoing (though admitted to "poking her" in the shoulder) -- and was NOT charged with a crime ... but the MLB decided there was enough evidence to punish Chapman under the league's domestic violence policy.
Chapman issued a statement saying, "Today, I accepted a 30 game suspension from Major League Baseball resulting from my actions on October 30, 2015."
"I want to be clear, I did not in any way harm my girlfriend that evening. However, I should have exercised better judgment with respect to certain actions, and for that I am sorry."
"The decision to accept a suspension, as opposed to appealing one, was made after careful consideration."
"I made this decision in an effort to minimize the distractions that an appeal would cause the Yankees, my new teammates and most importantly, my family. I have learned from this matter, and I look forward to being part of the Yankees’ quest for a 28th World Series title."