Remember Aroldis Chapman? He was good. For a long time, especially on our podcast, I’ve been lamenting the fact that Aroldis was never really given an opportunity to be a starter for the Reds. Yes, I know he started in spring training for three consecutive years, but it’s the biggest “what might have been?” in […]

It’s the morning after infamy. Everyone associated with the Cincinnati Reds – from the owners, to the front office, to the players, and yes, the fans – has to be struggling with implications of Jeff Passan’s (Yahoo) bombshell report last night about Aroldis Chapman and an allegation of domestic violence. The incident occurred at the […]

We’ve known the condition from the start as Chapmania. It’s about to come to an end in Cincinnati. According to various sources, the Reds front office is aggressively shopping Aroldis Chapman at the GM meetings in Florida. The team’s closer of the last four years may be moved in the next 72 hours. There ought to […]

Is something wrong with Aroldis Chapman? When you throw last night’s spectacular blown save on the pile of other recent lackluster performances by the Reds closer, it’s a legitimate question. Chapman has given up at least one run in five of his last 11 appearances. Last season, he gave up a total of 21 hits. […]

Major League baseball managers generally follow the Closer Usage Protocol (CUP). The CUP goes like this: A team should designate a single pitcher as their closer. The closer enters the game in only three circumstances, whenever: (1) There is a save situation in the ninth inning, (2) It’s the top of the ninth inning in […]

In the life of organizations there are certain pivotal moments — often precipitated by events that are unforeseen — where even their most fundamental previous judgments must, by necessity, be reconsidered. To sustain success, organizations must be able and willing to adapt to change, even if that means reversing course on previous convictions. Great organizations […]

Aroldis Chapman is on schedule to throw live batting practice Wednesday then begin his minor league rehab course (John Fay). Chapman threw 45 pitches in a bullpen session yesterday. I’m sure Bryan Price, like all Reds fans, is looking forward to a pen of: Chapman, Marshall, Broxton, LeCure, Parra, Hoover and Simon. With the Cuban Missile’s […]

The Reds’ Dr. Tim Kremchek reports that Aroldis Chapman suffered a mild concussion and will have surgery today to repair the bone above his eye, where a plate may be inserted. The medical team expects a full recovery. Chapman will remain in the hospital a few days, but could be out as early as Saturday. […]

You put your left foot in You pull your left foot out Once you looked “all in” Now everything’s in doubt. They’re doing the Hokey Pokey down by the river at 100 Joe Nuxhall Way. Again. Another offseason. Another episode of “Will He or Won’t He.” Yes, sports fans, we’re talking about Aroldis Chapman, a […]

By now, you’ve probably read or heard about Walt Jocketty’s comments yesterday regarding Aroldis Chapman’s role for the Reds in 2014. In case you haven’t, here’s what he said: “We feel we have the depth in our rotation now that we can continue to keep him in the bullpen. That’s probably the plan going into […]

[View this as a companion (like minds!) with Chad’s excellent post about the Reds closer’s role in a historical context. If you’re tired of reading how the Reds are under-utilizing Aroldis Chapman, avert your eyes. Warning: this post does involve the use of the advanced metrics of Innings Pitched and Sarcasm.] Since Opening Day, the Cincinnati Reds have […]

The Reds’ indecision over Aroldis Chapman’s role has cost $46 million of ownership’s money. That’s how much they’ve spent from 2012 to 2015 to avoid making Aroldis Chapman a bullpen pitcher. $21 million (Broxton extension) + $16.5 million (Marshall extension) + $8.5 million (Madson contract) = $46 million If the Reds would have simply decided a couple […]