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OnBaseMachine
09-02-2010, 12:46 PM
I posted this in the Chapman thread but it probablt deserves a thread of its own. This is a nice read from Morosi.


Aroldis Chapman has arrived. Suddenly, itís cool to be a Reds fan. Thanks to the 22-year-old Cuban defector, the biggest bandwagon in baseball is actually a riverboat.

ďIíve never faced a lefty thatís throwing 103,Ē Brewers infielder Craig Counsell said. ďI donít think any of us have, really. Heís doing something weíve never seen.Ē


http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/Pitching-phenom-Aroldis-Chapman-brings-excites-to-Cincinnati-Reds-fans-090110

OnBaseMachine
09-02-2010, 01:45 PM
MLB Tonight compares the sliders of Aroldis Chapman and Randy Johnson. Quote from Dan Plesac (paraphrasing), "Chapman's slider is as good as any left-handed slider I've seen, including Randy Johnson, Steve Carlton..."

Watch the video here:

http://cincinnati.reds.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=11627825

15fan
09-02-2010, 02:01 PM
I take exception to this line from the Morosi article:

"Suddenly, it’s cool to be a Reds fan."

No. It has always been cool to be a Reds fan.

membengal
09-02-2010, 05:34 PM
MLB Tonight compares the sliders of Aroldis Chapman and Randy Johnson. Quote from Dan Plesac (paraphrasing), "Chapman's slider is as good as any left-handed slider I've seen, including Randy Johnson, Steve Carlton..."

Watch the video here:

http://cincinnati.reds.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=11627825

Thanks for the heads up, OBM. Much appreciated.

SunDeck
09-02-2010, 05:53 PM
I like the line about going up there and looking for the slider.

OnBaseMachine
09-02-2010, 07:45 PM
On MLB Tonight, Barry Larkin just listed Aroldis Chapman as the best 23-and-under pitcher in all of baseball.

edabbs44
09-02-2010, 08:06 PM
The hype machine is starting to scare me.

sabometrics
09-03-2010, 12:28 AM
The hype machine is starting to scare me.

No kidding. I just want to see the Reds keep winning so the brunt of the hype is on the club and not on our 22 yo rookie.

edabbs44
09-03-2010, 07:59 AM
God just listed Chapman on his all time best creation list.

Screwball
09-03-2010, 09:37 AM
God just listed Chapman on his all time best creation list.

:D

They once tried to name a street after him, but failed due to the fact nobody would dare cross Aroldis Chapman.

Screwball
09-03-2010, 09:41 AM
nm

medford
09-03-2010, 09:53 AM
God just listed Chapman on his all time best creation list.

I've seen that list:

1) Jim Coombs
2) "Well you know, this is a family place"
3) Beer
4) Pizza
5) Chapman

OnBaseMachine
09-04-2010, 02:29 PM
Aroldis Chapmanís Fantastic Pitch f/x


This is a world-class ability to combine excellent vertical drops and outstanding lateral pitch control with average velocity on fourseam fastballs of 102 mph cut fastballs and sliders at 89 mph.

Click on the link to read the whole piece.

http://networkedblogs.com/7vGZJ