Royals attend major-league program on domestic violence education

The Royals spent Thursday morning in a mandatory domestic violence education program. The programs are being held throughout spring training and are conducted by the San Francisco-based Futures Without Violence. All major-league teams will hear the presentation.

New Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred told reporters earlier this week that the league is working with the players’ association on establishing specific penalties for any possible domestic violence cases.

“I’m hopeful that we will reach an agreement with the players’ association before opening day on that topic, and frankly I would be disappointed if we were not able to come to an agreement,” Manfred said. “Having said that, we want a policy that is effective and as good as any in professional sports, so we’re not going to settle for something less than that.”

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