There’s no sugarcoating it: Aroldis Chapman is going through the worst stretch of his professional career. And it is not lost on him that the critics are pushing him away.
So the New York Yankees took to social media Monday to voice their plan to prove everyone wrong.
“For all those people who criticize my bad times, I will tell you that I do not know how my story ends, but on their pages they will never read ‘I gave up,'” Chapman said in a statement. Instagram post written in both English and Spanish.
“So I will move on, I still have many wars to win and many mouths to shut up.”
Chapman’s ERA is a massive 11:57 in his last 15 appearances. He has given up the lead in three consecutive appearances, including a ninth-inning collapse against the Los Angeles Angels that gave the Yankees a 11-8 loss after they initially went up 7-0 in the first inning.
Many have pointed out the correlation between Chapman decrease and the league’s offense against foreign substances. Chapman has denied using substances while pitching.
Yankees captain Aaron Boone said the 12-year veteran is dealing with a mechanical problem with his pitches and previously insisted that Chapman remains New York’s de facto closer. However, following Chapman recent implosion against the New York Mets, Boone has also left the door open for Chad Green or Jonathan Loaisiga to start entering games in save situations.
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