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Two years ago, then-22-year-old Danry Vásquez was on the verge of becoming Venezuela’s next Major League Baseball star. The Detroit Tigers signed him in 2010 as an international free agent, where he spent the next three years playing for the Tigers minor affiliates. He was traded to the Houston Astros in 2013 and played for their minor league teams as well until he found himself out of a job completely.
Not because he was a terrible outfielder or couldn’t swing a bat, but because he beat his girlfriend and it was all caught on stadium surveillance video.
While playing for the Class AA Texas League Corpus Christi Hooks in August 2016, Vásquez was arrested on suspicion of assault family violence, after video cameras in Whataburger Field caught him hitting his girlfriend in a stadium stairwell.
He didn’t hit the young woman once, he hit her repeatedly.
After Vásquez was arrested, MLB put him on administrative leave and he was subsequently released by the Astros organization.
He remained unemployed until this past January when he was signed by the Lancaster Barnstormers of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, an independent baseball league, but he got fired before the season even began after watching the footage of him beating his former girlfriend.
The video has just been released by the Corpus Christi Police to the public, and to describe it as “shocking and disturbing” would be an understatement.
Vásquez is being dragged over the coals again, and rightfully so, after the video went viral.