Cameras are EVERYWHERE! Just when you think you ARE NOT being watched, you probably ARE. Case in point, baseball player, Danry Vasquez.
Former Corpus Christi Hooks player Danry Vasquez has been fired by a Pennsylvania team after a 2016 video showing him beating his fiancée was released.
Officials with the Lancaster Barnstormers, an independent league baseball team, told the Caller-Times the video has opened their eyes and that they will change their process when signing players.
Mike Reynolds, the Barnstormers’ general manager, said the club was not able to do research on the specific charges against Vasquez and hadn’t seen the video until it was publicly released on Tuesday.
“We didn’t do research within the police department for any records like that and this has definitely opened our eyes,” Reynolds said. “This has definitely opened our eyes and know we have to change our process when we are signing new players to our team.”
Vasquez was signed by the team on Jan. 19 and was released on Tuesday. Reynolds said Vasquez had not been to Lancaster and never wore the team’s jersey. The team’s spring training was scheduled to start in early April.
Vasquez was part of the Houston Astros organization from 2013-16 and was released after the misdemeanor domestic violence charge in 2016. The Astros is a parent club for the Corpus Christi Hooks.
“We are glad that we were given the video and the video was made public,” Reynolds said. “Half our staff are females and many of us have wives and young daughters and we have a strong female fan base. This is not the type of guy we want on our roster representing Lancaster or the Barnstormers.
“It’s a disgusting video and unfortunately someone went through that. That last thing we need is that guy to be here in our community.”
While playing for the Hooks, Vasquez was arrested in August 2016 on a misdemeanor assault family violence charge. Corpus Christi police said video footage from Whataburger Field showed Vasquez backhanding his fiancée repeatedly in a stairwell.
The Hooks general manager alerted police to the incident after the surveillance footage was discovered. Staff had already been reviewing footage from a game night because an employee reported their vehicle had been struck.
While reviewing that footage Hooks staffer Jonathan Santana told team officials Vasquez had threatened to “end his life” that night because Vasquez was upset his fiancée had hugged and said hello to Santana, according to the police reports.
Santana reported he also had seen Vasquez take his fiancée into a stairwell.
Footage showed Vasquez taking his fiancée to the stairwell, hitting her several times, and then him leaving to talk with Santana before Vasquez returned to the stairwell a second time to hit her again. She fell to the floor. The couple then was seen on video leaving the parking lot in Vasquez’s car. As he pulled out of a parking space, his car struck another before he drove off, police reports show.
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