Reds' Aroldis Chapman Has a Need for Speed


Reds reliever Aroldis Chapman was arrested for allegedly driving 93 mph early Monday morning.

According to a police report, Chapman was stopped on northbound Interstate 71 near I-270 in Grove City, Ohio — just outside of Columbus — at 12:42 a.m. ET. The report stated that police arrested the 24-year-old, who was driving his Mercedes, when an officer discovered he had a suspended Kentucky driver’s license. He was cited for speeding and driving under suspension. Chapman was released after posting bond and has a June 6 court date.

Chapman did not pitch during the Reds’ 4-1 victory over the Braves on Monday after working the previous two games and four of the past five. He became the new Reds closer on Sunday and earned a save vs. the Yankees.

After Monday’s game, it was reported by WLWT-TV that Chapman was in an extended closed-door meeting with manager Dusty Baker, general manager Walt Jocketty and interpreter Tomas Vera.

“I don’t know what happened exactly, we talked to him,” Baker said. “He got a speeding ticket. That can happen to anybody. His people are taking care of it, and we’re helping him.”

Why doesn’t Baker know what happened? Chapman speaks Cuban but his interpreter was there. Wasn’t the point of that to translate what Chapman said? Regardless, I really don’t know what all the hoopla is about.

Chapman who is known for throwing the ball 105 mph was driving 12 mph less than that. I can throw the ball about 65 mph and I shouldn’t get a ticket unless I’m driving faster than that. It would seem to me that someone shouldn’t get a ticket for speeding unless they are driving faster than they throw…


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