Why was Aroldis Chapman suspended from MLB in 2016?

Closer Aroldis Chapman is considered one of the best in the game. In his 13-year career, Chapman has made 315 saves, ranking 24th on the all-time list.

Chapman has also often been cited as having one of the hardest pitches of all time in baseball. Originally from Cuba, Chapman signed as an international free agent with the Cincinnati Reds in 2010. In 2012, his ability to throw hard for short bursts earned him a spot as a regular goalkeeper for the Reds.

Chapman had an ERA of just over 2.00 to make 146 saves in seven seasons with the Reds. He spent a brief stint with the Chicago Cubs in 2016 before moving to the New York Yankees, where he was prior to his recent signing with the Kansas City Royals.

After part of seven seasons in New York, Aroldis Chapman is moving to Kansas City

“After part of seven seasons in New York, Aroldis Chapman heads to Kansas City” – Talkin’ Baseball

Chapman threw a pitch at 105 miles per hour against the San Diego Padres in September 2010, his first season in the major leagues. The Blitz came just one season after the San Francisco Giants’ Brian Wilson finished a game pitching at 100 mph.

Chapman was eventually recognized in the Guinness World Records for fastest pitch ever recorded. At 105.1 mph, the pitch must have looked more like a flash of white than a recognizable spherical entity.

However, there have been some off-field issues that have cast a much less favorable light on Chapman’s career. Chapman was arrested in Miami in October 2015 after his then-girlfriend claimed he “choked” her and pushed her into a wall before firing eight shots into his garage.

Yankees LHP Aroldis Chapman suspended 30 games without pay under MLB domestic violence policy. He will not appeal.

“Yankees LHP Aroldis Chapman has suspended 30 games without pay under MLB’s domestic violence policy. He will not appeal.” -MLB

Chapman was subsequently investigated by the MLB and received a 30-game suspension, which he served during the first month of the 2016 season. That year, Chapman won the World Series with the Chicago Cubs — their first in 108 years.

Aroldis Chapman wants to reinvent himself with the Kansas City Royals

Chapman’s one-year, $3.75 million contract with the Kansas City Royals offers him a chance to rebound after a regrettable 2022 season. Chapman had the highest ERA and lowest number of saves of his career last year. Hopefully he can put the bad numbers behind him and pitch as usual in 2023.

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