If we are overreacting over small samples, the Cubs are on pace for 91 wins

The Chicago Cubs are now 9-7, having just defeated the Cincinnati Reds in the series opener at the Great American Ballpark.  They were also wearing some weird-looking throwback uniforms.  I mean, they look okay, but the piping and the wonky font threw me off.  Check it out: Weird…but sorta cool. (AP Photo/Tom Uhlman) It was nice to see Jon Lester finally get a quality start...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

JABO: Aroldis Chapman Changeup Watch

Imagine, if you can, the least-fair thing in baseball. Do you have it? Maybe you’re picturing having to face Giancarlo Stanton with the bases loaded. Maybe you’re picturing one of those Clayton Kershaw curveballs, or Juan Lagares running down a would-be winning double in the gap. Maybe you’re just thinking about Billy Hamilton on the […]
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Imagining a better (?) Aroldis Chapman

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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Raisel Iglesias Impresses, but Questions Remain

When the Reds signed Aroldis Chapman out of Cuba, a brief attempt was made to make him a starter in the minors, but in the majors, he has pitched exclusively out of the bullpen. Raisel Iglesias, a fellow Cuban import who has been ticketed by some for the bullpen, has already made one more start […]
Via Fangraphs
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #41: Aroldis Chapman | RP | CIN

The 2015 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide is here! Get your copy for FREE! Editor’s Note: Chapman ranked 42nd overall in our 2015 Draft Guide and comes in as player number 41 in our Top 200 Countdown (rankings originally compiled in November). Last year during a seemingly innocuous spring training game versus the Kansas City Royals, Chapman’s career and life were seemingly...
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February 25, 2015  |  Discuss

The Dodgers And The Cubans That Haven’t Worked Out

Each year, it seems, there’s a hot new Cuban making an impact in the big leagues. In 2011, we got our first full season of Aroldis Chapman. In 2012, it was Yoenis Cespedes in Oakland. The next year, Jose Fernandez and Yasiel Puig finished 1-2 for the NL Rookie of the Year. In 2014, Jose […]
Via Fangraphs
February 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Reds bullpen outlook: Who will get the ball to closer Chapman?

No pitcher had ever gone through a season and averaged throwing their fastball 100 mph. Aroldis Chapman did last season. No pitcher had ever produced a strikeout rate of 17-per-nine innings. Chapman's rate was 17.67 last season. No relief pitcher had recorded a strikeout in as many as 40 straight appearances. Yeah, Chapman did that and then some last year when he reached 49 games...
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February 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Cincinnati Reds Reach One-Year Deal with Closer Aroldis Chapman

The Cincinnati Reds made another move to further solidify what they hope will be an extremely good bullpen on Friday, by coming to terms with closer Aroldis Chapman on a on-year $8.05 million dollar contract. The contract will allow the NL Central squad to avoid arbitration with their heralded reliever who has taken the league by storm since defecting from his native Cuba in late...
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February 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Aroldis Chapman, Cincinnati Reds Avoid Arbitration

In a day filled with ball clubs avoiding arbitration with their relief aces, this situation proved no different. The Cincinnati Reds settle with Aroldis Chapman on a contract that will net the fireball throwing lefty just over eight million dollars for the 2015 season. chapman, reds settle at $8.05M. well above midpoint. @JeffPassan 1st — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) February...
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February 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Reds closer Chapman avoids arbitration, agrees to 1-year deal

  Closer Aroldis Chapman and the Cincinnati Reds agreed to an $8.05 million, one-year contract, just before the scheduled start of their salary arbitration hearing. The right-hander, who turns 27 on Feb. 28, was 0-3 with a 2.00 ERA and 36 saves in 38 chances last year in his fifth season with the Reds. He struck out 106 in 54 innings and led the majors with an average of 17.67 strikeouts...
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February 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Chapman, Reds agree to 1-year, $8.05 million contract

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Closer Aroldis Chapman and the Cincinnati Reds agreed to an $8.05 million, one-year contract, just before the scheduled start of their salary arbitration hearing. The right-hander, who turns 27 on Feb. 28, was 0-3 with a 2.00 ERA and 36 saves in 38 chances last year in his fifth season with the Reds. He struck out 106 in 54 innings and led the majors with...
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February 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Reds, Chapman avoid arbitration with 1-year deal

The Reds and closer Aroldis Chapman avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract on Friday. Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reported the deal is worth $8.05 million= Chapman was the last remaining arbitration-eligible player for the Reds this year. They went into the offseason with nine eligible players but traded three (Mat Latos, Alfredo Simon, Chris Heisey), did not offer...
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February 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Reds closer Chapman avoids arbitration, gets $8.05 million for 2015

Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman has agreed to terms on a one-year contract through the 2015 season, avoiding an arbitration hearing that was set for Friday. Chapman will receive $8.05 million, according to reports. Chapman had asked for $8.7 million, while the Reds were offering $6.65 million, giving Chapman a salary above the midpoint of figures, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported...
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February 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Reds closer helps Cincinnati area school get new locker room

Aroldis Chapman recently made a generous donation to the men's volleyball team at Mount St. Joseph University. The team was in need of a new locker room, and Chapman stepped in to help. Chapman, who defected from Cuba in 2009 has befriended one of the players on the team-- €”Cesar Trigo de Serrano, a senior from Miami, Florida whose parents are also from Cuba. Chapman has been...
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January 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Is Raisel Iglesias the next Aroldis Chapman?

Is Raisel Iglesias the next Aroldis Chapman? That’s the question I’ve been pondering over the last 48 hours and I think that ultimately the answer to that question is yes. No, I don’t foresee Iglesias being a 105 MPH throwing closer, and he certainly isn’t going to do it from the left side like Chapman does. But I believe that in five years we will be asking the same questions...
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January 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Why the Cincinnati Reds Should Trade Aroldis Chapman

Aroldis Chapman of the Cincinnati Reds is one of the most dominant closers in baseball, yet trade rumors continue to circulate around him. (Mandatory Credit: Joe Robbins/Getty Images) Aroldis Chapman creates fear every time he steps on the mound. As a left-handed closer standing at 6-4 and commonly featuring 100 mph heaters, it’s fair to suggest most at-bats against him are, in...
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January 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Reds acquire Marlon Byrd, for some reason

Fresh off of selling off two-fifths of their rotation and making no other offseason moves of note, the Cincinnati Reds have chosen to trade for outfielder Marlon Byrd from the Phillies. Sources: #Phillies and #Reds have a deal involving Marlon Byrd. RHP Ben Lively one of players headed to PHI. Announcement coming today. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 31, 2014 ...
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December 31, 2014  |  Discuss

My Five Favorite 2014 Aroldis Chapman Facts

I noted in my FanGraphs Player of the Year voting explanation that I very badly wanted to find a place for Aroldis Chapman. Ultimately I couldn’t do it, not with Chapman being a reliever and with other guys not being relievers, but I wanted to give Chapman some support for a season that was almost […]
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November 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Reports: Reds closer Aroldis Chapman switches agents

After another successful season, Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman is making a change off the field. The 26-year-old flamethrower, nicknamed "The Cuban Missile" will be represented by a different agency, switching from Hendricks Sports to Relativity Baseball, according to reports. Chapman saved 36 games with a 1.97 ERA for the Reds in 2014. He avoided arbitration last offseason...
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October 28, 2014  |  Discuss

No looking back for Reds' Aroldis Chapman

CINCINNATI -- March 18 is a date that's hard to forget for anyone associated with the Reds. It was the night Aroldis Chapman has put behind him as remarkably well as he's put together a historical season. Chapman suffered multiple fractures to his skull just above the left eye and nasal region that night after being struck with a line drive off the bat of Kansas City catcher Salvador...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
September 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Aroldis Chapman On Pace To Set Velocity Record For His Fastball

Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman is on the verge of doing something no other pitcher has been able to do in the history of baseball.
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August 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Let’s Watch Aroldis Chapman and Javier Baez

Prospects are babies. They’re eagerly anticipated, they’re evaluated by their ceilings, their arrivals are memorable and frequently painful, and these days they’re traded for goods less than ever. They continue to be interesting for a handful of months, but then they start to develop into more fully-formed people, and the magic of limitless possibility disintegrates. […]
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August 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Reds Injury Update: Aroldis Chapman unavailable with 'achy' shoulder

The Cincinnati Reds dropped to three games below .500 at 61-64 following a 6-5 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday. Logan Ondrusek allowed a run on three hits without recording an out in the 10th inning to take the loss. The Reds were without closer Aroldis Chapman due to aching shoulder after throwing 28 pitches on Sunday. #453758926 / gettyimages.comAccording to Mark Sheldon...
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August 19, 2014  |  Discuss

The Ugliest Game of the Year for the Reds

#453764208 / Michael Johnson The Cincinnati Reds were up 9-5 going into the bottom of the ninth in game one of their doubleheader today in Colorado against the lowly Rockies when disaster struck. Closer Aroldis Chapman started the inning off by walking the bases loaded. He then compounded the agony by walking in the next batter and also walking in a run making the...
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August 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Reds Injury Update: Aroldis Chapman, Brandon Phillips, Manny Parra

Aroldis Chapman of the Reds showed hamstring discomfort after throwing a 102 MPH fastball to Marcell Ozuna. He grabbed his right leg, but he continued and shut down the Marlins to earn the save, according to Mark Sheldon of /"I felt a little pain or something," Chapman said via translator Tomas Vera. "It was actually something where I tried to...
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August 01, 2014  |  Discuss
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