New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman is in the process of becoming an American.
According to the New York Post, the process for seeking United States citizenship began last year for Chapman, who will start the season following the completion of a 30-game suspension handed to him by commissioner Rob Manfred on Tuesday for violating Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy.
"I am in the process right now," the Cuban-born left-hander told the New York Post on Friday. Eventually, when I become a citizen, if it happens, it's going to be something great. It's a nice opportunity for me to become a U.S. citizen."
Chapman admitted Wednesday that he exercised "bad judgment" for using a handgun in an alleged domestic violence incident involving his girlfriend on Oct. 30.
Chapman's girlfriend accused him of choking her, but the former Cincinnati Reds All-Star reliever denied causing the woman any harm and no charges were filed in the case. Police in Davie, Fla., said the alleged victim did not fully cooperate and some accounts conflicted, which caused the dead end in the investigation.
Chapman apologized for going out to a detached garage on his property and firing eight shots from a handgun.
Chapman is allowed to participate in spring training with the team and pitch in preseason games. He will not take the field for a regular-season game until May 9.
Chapman came to the Yankees via trade with the Reds in December, several weeks after the framework of a deal to send Chapman to the Los Angeles Dodgers fell apart under the weight of the domestic violence allegations.