New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman was left puzzled after last year ended with a believed to be controversial homerun from Jose Altuve
The entire Major League Baseball offseason has focused on the cheating scandal surrounding the Houston Astros organization. A scandal that has cost three managers their jobs and put the use of technology at ballparks in question moving forward at games. New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman strongly believes he is a victim of the cheating and still demands answers.
The flamethrowing pitcher spoke with the media at the Yankees Spring Training facility about his hopes for the upcoming season and the way last postseason ended. Chapman was last seen walking away after giving up the game-winning home run to Houston Astros All-Star Jose Altuve back in October, ending the Yankees season. The video of Altuve running to home plate asking teammates not to rip his jersey off in celebration made the rounds on social media following the Astros sign-stealing investigation.
Chapman was one of the many to view the several Astros possible cheating videos spoke to reporters yesterday about the league’s investigation.
"“A lot of people are disappointed with the situation. That’s why the commissioner did an investigation. … Hopefully, they take the right actions. I just feel that they put baseball in a bad spot. A lot of people have suffered because of it, because of what they did, and what came out of it.”"
Astros owner Jim Crane’s recently commented to the media that stealing signs had no impact on the Astros’ championship run. A topic that Chapman openly disagrees with as he continued to challenge the Astros’ stance on the situation.
"“I disagree with that,” Chapman said. “When you know the signs and you know what’s coming, especially at this level of baseball — we have some of the most talented baseball players in the world — as hitters, if they have an edge and advantage in knowing what’s coming, it’s going to make them stronger. Is that the sole reason they won the World Series? I don’t know. But what I can say that when you have an advantage like that, it’s definitely going to make you a stronger team.”"
Chapman makes very viable points during his interview and shows no indication of letting up on the topic. The All-Star closer’s reputation late in games took a significant knock after the dramatic ending to the ALCS. The investigation will most likely spawn several more players expressing outrage to the media so consider this only the beginning Yankees fans.