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OnBaseMachine
02-17-2011, 05:09 PM
I'll start a new thread for this since the other Chapman thread is getting long.


Chapman is OK with the bullpen.

"I didnít think about it too much. My job is as a reliever. Iím a reliever now," he said. "I want to be a starter but I donít think about that. My job now is to be a reliever. Thatís the job Iím going to do. The day they want me to be a starter, Iíll start thinking about it."



http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20110217/SPT04/302170103/Chapman-expects-better-year?

Price also talks about how Chapman will continue to work on the changeup but won't use it much during games.

OnBaseMachine
02-17-2011, 05:15 PM
Videos:

Aroldis on his role in the bullpen
http://cincinnati.reds.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=13114911

Bryan Price on Chapman
http://cincinnati.reds.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=13114641

I got a kick out of this quote. Who knew the hardest throwing guy in MLB was in to soap operas?

#Reds LH Aroldis Chapman says he's taken a liking to American food, spends his spare time watching several soap operas a day.

http://twitter.com/apjoekay

The Operator
02-17-2011, 05:21 PM
I love Aroldis' attitude. I hate it when guys get too fixated on their roles. Give me a good old-fashioned "give me the ball, I don't care the situation" type of guy any day.

muddie
02-17-2011, 05:24 PM
Really good attitude and realistic view of things. Thanks for the post OBM.

Big Klu
02-17-2011, 05:35 PM
Videos:

Aroldis on his role in the bullpen
http://cincinnati.reds.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=13114911

Bryan Price on Chapman
http://cincinnati.reds.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=13114641

I got a kick out of this quote. Who knew the hardest throwing guy in MLB was in to soap operas?

#Reds LH Aroldis Chapman says he's taken a liking to American food, spends his spare time watching several soap operas a day.

http://twitter.com/apjoekay

Probably a good way to pick up the language. There's a lot of dialogue in most of them. (I'm assuming he's watching American soaps, and not telenovelas.)

bucksfan2
02-18-2011, 09:09 AM
Probably a good way to pick up the language. There's a lot of dialogue in most of them. (I'm assuming he's watching American soaps, and not telenovelas.)

He can learn a whole new language just by watching The Jersey Shore!

The Operator
02-18-2011, 09:13 AM
He can learn a whole new language just by watching The Jersey Shore!
Now pitching for yooouuur Cincinnati Reds - Aroldis "The Situation" Chapman!

klw
02-18-2011, 09:51 AM
Now pitching for yooouuur Cincinnati Reds - Aroldis "The Situation" Chapman!

Cue Situational Reliever pun here.

Chip R
02-18-2011, 10:29 AM
I hope he doesn't like American food too much, i.e. fast food.

bucksfan2
02-18-2011, 11:23 AM
Now pitching for yooouuur Cincinnati Reds - Aroldis "The Situation" Chapman!

I am partial to Aroldis the Snookie!

RichRed
02-18-2011, 12:10 PM
Now pitching for yooouuur Cincinnati Reds - Aroldis "The Situation" Chapman!

"El Situacion"

Roy Tucker
02-18-2011, 12:50 PM
Tom Verducci at SI has some good Chapman thoughts here:

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/tom_verducci/02/18/pujols.chapman/index.html?eref=sihp

2 of which are:



One thing is for sure: This must be the last year Chapman neither starts or closes.




Even if Chapman works as much as the Reds' most-used reliever last year ... how is Chapman supposed to be ready to throw 180 innings in 2012?

bucksfan2
02-18-2011, 01:13 PM
I thought Verducci would salivating over this. Someone to add to his Verducci effect list of pitchers come 2012.

traderumor
02-18-2011, 01:37 PM
The best laid plans...the injury bug or others' ineffectiveness could put him back in the rotation mix before folks knew what happened.

RedsManRick
02-18-2011, 03:48 PM
Regarding Verducci's position, I would rather see Chapman start than relieve as well. However, if he's to pitch out of the bullpen, using him in a "stopper" role is most likely the best way to maximize the value he provides and get him a good number of innings.

Verducci seems to equate being the closer with being the highest leverage reliever and that's simply not always the case. I'd much rather have him for tie game, bases loaded and no outs in the 7th than protecting a 3rd run lead with the bases empty in the ninth.

Case in point, Fangraphs has a number of "leverage index" metrics which basically says how important a situation is to the outcome of the game. One of these is gmLI, defined as "Average Leverage Index when entering the game". Let's check out the Reds bullpen leaderboard for 2010:



Name gmLI
Aroldis Chapman 1.78
Francisco Cordero 1.63
Arthur Rhodes 1.53
Daniel Ray Herrera 1.50
Nick Masset 1.28
Logan Ondrusek 1.01
Bill Bray 0.86
Mike Lincoln 0.83
Sam LeCure 0.81
Micah Owings 0.80
Jordan Smith 0.77
Matt Maloney 0.73
Carlos Fisher 0.34

Say what you will about Dusty, but it looks like he did a pretty good job of using our best relievers when the game was on the line, with Chapman leading the pack. Having Chapman available for high leverage situations without having him held back as a slave to the Save seems like a good plan to me.

TheNext44
02-18-2011, 05:50 PM
Quote:
Even if Chapman works as much as the Reds' most-used reliever last year ... how is Chapman supposed to be ready to throw 180 innings in 2012?


Why would Chapman have to start 180 innings in 2012? Why can't they monitor him in 2012 and just keep him to 150 innings, if that number is so important?

Anyway, I would love for Chapman to get some spot starts in 2011. Thee or four 5-6 inning stints could help him transition into starting the next year.

Degenerate39
02-18-2011, 06:11 PM
Cue Situational Reliever pun here.

The Cuban Situation

RedsManRick
02-18-2011, 06:15 PM
Why would Chapman have to start 180 innings in 2012? Why can't they monitor him in 2012 and just keep him to 150 innings, if that number is so important?

Anyway, I would love for Chapman to get some spot starts in 2011. Thee or four 5-6 inning stints could help him transition into starting the next year.

No kidding. One of my biggest pet peeve's is when media types try to make things in to make-or-break situations when they aren't.

It would be awesome if Chapman could give us 200+ innings of a 2.70 ERA next year. But if he only gives us 140 innings of a 3.70 ERA, should we be upset? Does it mean he's a waste of money? Does it preclude him from providing more value in the future? There are a dozen shades of gray between ideal and disaster -- many of which we should be quite happy about.

edabbs44
02-18-2011, 06:22 PM
Verducci thinks his "law" is embedded in the game with other rules such as there being 9 innings in a game and 3 outs per half inning.

Matt700wlw
02-18-2011, 06:23 PM
I am partial to Aroldis the Snookie!

A-WOWW

Blitz Dorsey
02-18-2011, 11:40 PM
Why would Chapman have to start 180 innings in 2012? Why can't they monitor him in 2012 and just keep him to 150 innings, if that number is so important?

Anyway, I would love for Chapman to get some spot starts in 2011. Thee or four 5-6 inning stints could help him transition into starting the next year.

Agree on all points.

OnBaseMachine
02-20-2011, 11:54 AM
Nice article by Jerry Crasnick of ESPN on Chapman.


There's zero resentment or eye-rolling in the Cincinnati clubhouse in response to all the attention Chapman is receiving, because he's a good kid who works hard and is deferential to the veteran players. Last year, Cordero and starters Edinson Volquez and Johnny Cueto routinely took Chapman to dinner and tried to ease any sense of personal isolation he might be feeling.



http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/spring2011/columns/story?columnist=crasnick_jerry&id=6136747

Blitz Dorsey
02-20-2011, 10:41 PM
Great piece OBM, thanks for posting.

Redlegs
02-21-2011, 08:34 AM
If this kid avoids arm trouble, he'll be huge for this team. Last year in the playoffs, Chase Utley had absolutely no chance against Chapman. Took a bogus HBP call to put him on. Chapman will be left handed batters' worst nightmare.

OnBaseMachine
03-01-2011, 11:31 AM
Chapman is the cover story in the sports section of today's USA Today.


"I don't get caught up in it (the radar gun readings) because I had friends in Cuba who could throw hard," Chapman says. "And by trying to throw even harder, several got hurt. That kept me from trying to overthrow."

The Reds sped up Chapman's tempo on the mound and compacted his windup, but otherwise they have not tinkered with his mechanics.



http://www.usatoday.com/sports/baseball/nl/reds/2011-02-28-aroldis-chapman-pitcher_N.htm