|Aroldis Chapman Quick Info|
|Height||6 ft 4 in|
|Date of Birth||February 28, 1988|
|Girlfriend||Raidelmis Mendosa Santiestelas|
Aroldis Chapman is an American professional baseball pitcher who plays for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball (MLB). Before playing for the Yankees, he previously played for the Cincinnati Reds and Chicago Cubs as well as in the Cuban National Series for Holguin.
Albertín Aroldis Chapman de la Cruz
The Missile, Cuban Flame Thrower
Holguín Province, Cuba
Professional Baseball Pitcher
- Siblings – He has 2 sisters.
He self-manages himself.
6 ft 4 in or 193 cm
95 kg or 209.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Aroldis Chapman has dated –
- Raidelmis Mendosa Santiestelas – He has a daughter named Ashanty Brianna and a son named Atticus Gabriel Chapman (b. June 30, 2014).
Race / Ethnicity
Multiracial (Black and Hispanic)
He has African-American and Cuban ancestry.
Aroldis Chapman Facts
- His father was a boxing trainer.
- His grandparents emigrated from Jamaica to Cuba to get a better education.
- At the age of 15, a friend invited him to join a local baseball team during which he started playing as a first baseman until the coach noticed that he could throw well-enough to qualify as a pitcher. He started playing as a pitcher in 2003.
- In 2006, he joined the Holguín Sabuesos of the Cuban National Series League.
- In his career innings, he has compiled a tally of 24-19 win-loss records, a 3.74 earned run average (ERA), and 365 strikeouts. Despite completing 11 relief appearances in the 2007 season, Chapman was only used mainly as a starting pitcher.
- He was part of the Cuban national team at the 2007 Pan American Games and the 2009 World Baseball Classic.
- On January 10, 2010, he agreed to a six-year contract with the Cincinnati Reds. The actual contract plus the bonus totals $100.25 million which was paid annually in 11 years.
- He was named to his first All-Star Game on July 1, 2012. Around the same time, he also won the MLB Delivery Man of the Month Award. He was also named the “August Delivery Man of the Month” and finished the 2012 season with a 1.51 ERA and 38 saves in 43 chances, recording 122 strikeouts, and 23 walks in 71 2⁄3 innings.
- On December 28, he was traded to the New York Yankees with Cincinnati receiving four minor league players. On January 11, 2016, he was named as the team’s new closer.
- After he was traded to the Yankees and agreeing to a one-year contract worth $11.325 million, he was suspended for the first 30 games due to an off-season personal misconduct related to domestic violence.
- On May 9, 2016, Chapman made his first appearance with the New York Yankees, during which he helped the team win 6-3 over the Kansas City Royals.
- On December 15, 2016, he signed a five-year, $86 million contract to return to the Yankees. This turned out to be the largest contract given to a relief pitcher as of 2017.
- In 2018, he was selected as an MLB All-Star representing the American League. In July 2018, he announced his exit from the All-Star Game to rest his knee due to tendinitis. This year, he scored the lowest swing rate for his in-strike-zone sliders of any pitcher in baseball.
- He clocked his first fastest pitch which was recorded at 105.1 mph on September 24, 2010, in a match against San Diego Padres.
- When he left Cuba, he also left his father, mother, 2 sisters, girlfriend Raidelmis Mendosa Santiestelas, and newborn baby, Ashanty Brianna, all behind. Chapman only reunited with his family after he helped them transfer to the United States. He officially became an American citizen in April 2016.
Featured Image by Aroldis Chapman / Instagram