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CINCINNATI (AP) -- Reds manager Dusty Baker has made sure that closer Aroldis Chapman won't be doing any more somersaults after finishing a game.
Chapman did a pair of forward rolls after striking out Martin Maldonado to complete a 4-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night. Chapman has been struggling lately, and celebrated his ninth save with somersaults toward home plate.
Baker has made sure that Chapman knows he was out of line.
"It's been addressed already and it's over," Baker said on Wednesday, before an afternoon game against the Brewers. "It won't happen again -- ever. I know he's happy and things have been going poorly for him, but he's got to demonstrate in a different way."
Chapman, who speaks through a translator, declined to discuss it.
The Brewers were surprised to see Chapman's forward rolls, but Baker doesn't expect retaliation. He played three years with Brewers manager Ron Roenicke on the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Asked if he would tell Roenicke that he's handled the matter, Baker said, "I think that's between us and the Brewers, know what I mean? You know, Ron was my teammate. He knows me. He knows me very well. He knows how I am. He knows how I do things.
Chapman's had an eventful first half of the season.
The hard-throwing Cuban was getting ready for the rotation during spring training when injuries wiped out the back end of the bullpen. With closer Ryan Madson and set-up men Bill Bray and Nick Masset hurt, Baker moved Chapman back into a set-up role.
Chapman pitched so well -- no earned runs allowed in his first 24 appearances, a club record -- that he moved into the closer's role. The left-hander has struggled in the last two weeks. He had given up game-losing homers against Cleveland then Minnesota in consecutive outings before his save on Tuesday night.
There have been several off-field problems as well.
Chapman was arrested for speeding -- going 93 mph on an interstate -- and driving with a suspended license in a suburb of Columbus, Ohio, in the early hours of May 21.
During a series in Pittsburgh a week later, an exotic dancer claimed she was tied up by an unknown assailant in Chapman's hotel room and robbed of 6,000 in jewelry while the pitcher was away. She has been charged with filing a false police report. Police said some of Chapman's items were stolen from the room.
Also, Chapman has been sued for 18 million by a Cuban-American who claims that before the pitcher defected from Cuba, he made false statements that resulted in the man being imprisoned.
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Tonight's Reds game was interesting for more than a couple reasons. Bronson Arroyo had a no-hitter going into the eighth inning with the Reds leading 3-0. He then allowed 3 runs to tie the game. Drew Stubbs homered in the bottom of the eighth to give the Reds the lead back 4-3 and then Aroldis Chapman finished the game with a save in the ninth. But that wasn't all. The...
Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman celebrated the completion of a save in Tuesday night's game against the Milwaukee Brewers by stepping off the mound and doing a double forward roll. Your browser does not support iframes. On the one hand, now there's something you don't see every day. On the other hand, however, Chapman might want to think twice about pulling...
As if Reds’ closer Aroldis Chapman’s handful of 100+ mph fastballs weren’t impressive enough. Chapman had to turn to the four year old gymnast in him in celebration of his ninth save Tuesday against the Milwaukee Brewers.
Chapman struck out reigning National League MVP Ryan Braun, then issued a walk to Aramis Ramirez before getting pinch hitters Carlos Gomez and Martin Maldonado...
After throwing the last pitch of the game to secure a 4-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers, Cincinnati Reds pitcher Aroldis Chapman does something that has probably never been seen before in Major League Baseball. As a matter of fact, it’s questionable whether this has been seen before at any level of baseball. Chapman does a double somersault to celebrate the win. Here’s a...
Aroldis Chapman’s ninth save of the season might have been the most controversial – because of something he did after it was over.
Once the Cincinnati Reds closer struck out Martin Maldonado to clinch a 4-3 victory over Milwaukee Tuesday night, Chapman took two somersaults toward catcher Ryan Hanigan in an apparent celebration.
The Reds reacted with concern – that Chapman might...
Reds manager Dusty Baker made sure that closer Aroldis Chapman won't be doing any more somersaults after finishing a game.
Chapman did a pair of forward rolls after striking out Martin Maldonado to complete a 4-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night. Chapman has been struggling lately, and celebrated with somersaults toward home plate.
Baker talked to Chapman about...
Cincinnati closer Aroldis Chapman has been struggling lately nailing things down in the ninth inning so when he was finally able to preserve a 4-3 win over the Brewers Tuesday night he celebrated in a pretty bizarre way.
After striking out Martin Maldonado to end the game, Chapman went on to do not one but TWO somersaults.
The Brewers obviously weren’t too happy seeing this with...
Reds closer Aroldis Chapman with the save against the Brewers. No Rawhide.
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After tonight's 4-3 Reds win over the Brewers, Cincinnati closer Aroldis Chapman did something you don't see every day in baseball: a pair of somersaults off the mound, popping up in front of astonished Reds catcher Ryan Hanigan. Hanigan and Chapman exchanged a handshake and a brief hug before going about the rest of their team...
Reds closer Aroldis Chapman came in to the ninth inning to close out Tuesday’s game against the Brewers after a Drew Stubbs home run in the bottom of the eighth gave Cincy the 4-3 lead. The flame throwing Chapman did a masterful job of preserving the win by striking out Ryan Braun, walking Aramis Ramirez, then fanning pinch hitters Carlos Gomez and Martin Maldonado.
Aroldis Chapman, who is a closer for the Cinncinati Reds strikes out Martin Maldonado of the Brewers for the final out and save, then decided to pull off a double forward roll off the mound. This is one of the most enthusiastic save celebrations we have ever seen in the June time-frame, but we like what we saw.
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After Tuesday night's escapades of Aroldis Chapman following his save, the one word used over and over was, "somersault." Chapman did NOT do a somersault. This is what a somersault looks like:
What Chapman did is a forward roll.
As entertaining as it may have been to fans, Reds head coach Dusty Baker was less than pleased with pitcher Aroldis Chapman’s somersaults to celebrate a save after striking out the Brewers’ Martin Maldonado to secure a 4-3 win.
Baker said he knew Chapman was excited to get the save after blowing his last attempt by giving up a game-winning home run, but asked the pitcher to express...
Reds manager Dusty Baker made sure that closer Aroldis Chapman
won't be doing any more somersaults after finishing a game.