July 18, 2012
Aroldis Chapman’s mug shot after getting arrested for driving with a suspended license.
Fresh off a one-out save that many feel was a waste, Cincinnati Reds
reliever Aroldis Chapman
will be appearing in court
today regarding his speeding charge from last May
Chapman was charged with going 93 miles-per hour in a 65 miles-per-hour area on Interstate 71.
Chapman, who holds the current record for the fastest pitch speed in Major League Baseball at 105.1 mph, is scheduled to appear at 1 p.m. before Magistrate Donald Breckenridge in Grove City Mayor’s Court, a court employee said this morning.
The original hearing date, scheduled for June 6, was postponed until today from a request from Chapman’s lawyer. Considering his suspended license, hopefully, Chapman is driven to the hearing.
May 22, 2012
Apparently, Cincinnati Reds pitcher Aroldis Chapman can’t drive 55.
Police said Chapman, 24, was pulled over for speeding in a black 2010 Mercedes S63 on Interstate 71 North near Interstate 270 at about 12:42 a.m.
Chapman was arrested after the officer discovered he had a suspended Kentucky driver’s license, according to a police report.
Chapman was released on bond and has a court date scheduled for June 6. He has already discussed his situation with the Reds, including general manager Walt Jocketty and manager Dusty Baker.
It may feel like it’s been a while since the Reds have had a player arrested, but the most recent one was just last year on April 17, 200 when Mike Leake was arrested for shoplifting. Along with Leake, Chapman joins the illustrious ranks of former arrested Reds Daniel Ray Herrera, Brian “Love” Shackleford, and Ryan “Farney” Freel who gave us two wonderful mug shots.
May 20, 2012
Cincinnati Reds pitcher Aroldis Chapman has been the definition of dominant so far this year. Over 21 innings, he has allowed 7 hits, walked 7, and struck out 38. Oh, yeah, and he’s not allowed a run.
A guy displaying excellent command and unhittability who becomes a mere mortal when used on back-to-back days would seem perfect to slip into the starting rotation. Mike Leake and his 6.21 ERA are a no-brainer target. But that would mean that the Reds are starting to figure out what to do with Chapman. And everybody knows that they are bound and determined to screw this up and waste his time as a Red.
“He’s been so good in the eighth,” Baker said. “Like I said, you’ve got to graduate to that position. Who knows maybe graduation time is here? We’re got to discuss it, talk about it. Matter of fact, we already talked to him about it.”
I can only shake my head and laugh at the Reds. The team as a whole has 4 blown saves: 1 from Chapman himself, 1 from a guy who was probably injured in Bill Bray, 1 from the closer Sean Marshall, and one from Logan Ondrusek. Moving Chapman into the closer’s role doesn’t help the team in any significant way. The bullpen is already very good, and the step up from Marshall to Chapman pales in comparison to the step up from Leake to Chapman.
It’s just stupefying how badly General Manager Walt Jocketty and manager Dusty Baker have handled Chapman. And clearly, the mishandling is going to continue.
May 19, 2012
Apparently, the Cincinnati Reds’ flame-throwing reliever who should be a starter Aroldis Chapman is being sued.
The suit, filed Friday in federal court in Miami, alleges that when Chapman was back in Cuba, he and his father worked with Cuban security forces and helped organize the arrest, imprisonment, and torture of another Cuban who lives in Florida. Chapman’s alleged motive for cooperating: to be restored to the Cuban national team after a defection attempt. The suit charges that Chapman met with Cuban president Raul Castro to win quick reinstatement to the Cuban team and they concocted the plan that resulted in the arrest of the Florida man on a visit to Cuba in 2009.
When I first read this, I was confused. I am not a lawyer and I don’t play one on TV, but the allegations aren’t over things that were illegal in the country in which Chapman allegedly did them. I don’t think an American can sue a Cuban for working with the Cuban president. Then I noticed it was not a criminal suit, but a civil one. And you can sue anyone for anything in civil court.
So Chapman apparently had a failed defection attempt before the successful one that saw him end up with the Reds. After that failed attempt, the suit alleges that Chapman ratted out Curbelo Danilo Garcia to get back onto the Cuban national baseball team. Garcia is in Cuba serving a 10-year prison sentence.
I’ve never seen this kind of accusation against a player before. So far, the Reds have no comment. We’ll see if it affects Chapman’s stellar pitching.
You can read a little more about the suit on the already linked Enquirer article and on NBC Sports Hardball Talk, which broke the story nationally.
November 10, 2011
At the beginning of October, the Cincinnati Reds announced they would be using this off-season to convert Aroldis Chapman to a starter.
Originally, the plan was to have Chapman build up arm-strength in Goodyear, AZ before sending him to Puerto Rico for winter baseball. After two appearances in the Arizona Fall League, that plan has changed.
“We’ve decided against sending him to Puerto Rico,” GM Walt Jocketty said. “He’s on a strength-and-conditioning program in Arizona. He’ll go to Florida after that and continue to work out.”
Of course, the immediate concern is that Chapman is injured, but Jocketty denied that. Instead, the Reds simply decided the risk of winter ball was too high for the reward. “Unlike the [Arizona Fall League], Winter Ball is not a controlled situation and it is very competitive.”
Given Chapman’s tender status, I can’t argue with being more cautious. It’s only November. There should be plenty of time to get in shape to start by next season.