Aroldis Chapman Shatters Bat with 102-MPH Fastball in Yankees Debut (Video)
Aroldis Chapman made his Yankees debut on Monday after serving a 30-game suspension for violating MLB’s domestic violence policy. (Remember? He got into a heated fight with his girlfriend, went into his garage, and fired eight shots into the wall. Which apparently is perfectly legal in Florida.)
On Tuesday, Chapman recorded his first save in pinstripes. He did it in impressive fashion, too, walking one, striking out one and, of course, shattering the bat of Royals third baseman Cheslor Cuthbert (yes that’s his real name) with a blazing fastball clocked at 102 mph.
Check it out:
As you can see, that wasn’t a pitch in on the hands that hit the weak part of the bat. That was out over the plate, it hit the meatiest part of the bat, and it still obliterated the thing.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like we’re going to see that much of Aroldis Chapman’s 102-mph fastball this year. Not unless manager Joe Girardi starts using him in non-save situations. The Yankees have the seventh-lowest run total in MLB and a run differential of -39.
Well, I say “unfortunately” because I like watching Chapman throw fireballs. Like most people, I’m actually quite delighted to see the Yankees under .500.