“He made his choice. I don’t want him near this team” “He shouldn’t see a single moment in these playoffs”
Some of the biggest names in New York Yankees history have faced a tough end to their time in the scratches and it looks like Aroldis Chapman will be next.
The closer veteran dropped out of his team over the weekend as he was scheduled to kick off a bullpen session ahead of their American League Division Series opener against the Cleveland Guardians on Tuesday.
Chapman’s chances of making the roster were slim anyway, but instead of fighting for an opportunity, he took matters into his own hands and instead went home to Miami. The move reeks of complete unprofessionalism and has turned Chapman into a very unpopular name in the Bronx.
Manager Aaron Boone provided an update, saying Chapman is training at home. While that doesn’t necessarily mean Chapman will be allowed back for the later stages of the playoffs, it does at least keep him in contention on paper.
Chapman’s disastrous 2022 campaign, in which he recorded a 4.46 ERA in 36.1 innings, was only going to be enough to provide him with opportunities in low-leverage situations.
Unfortunately, the playoff stakes are far too high for the Yankees to even consider Chapman. His latest maneuver just made their decision to leave him even easier.
New York Yankees fans have taken to Twitter to express that they don’t want Chapman near the team during the playoffs.
New York Yankees GM’s stark response to Chapman’s absence
New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has never been one to mince words. His response to Chapman’s disappearance is as candid as one would expect.
You have to go all out this time of year, and that’s disappointing. He actually made that kind of decision. He had to launch a live [batting practice], obviously to do his job as he was vying for his spot on the roster, as well as taking on our batters to give them that kind of competition as we navigate rest days between the Wild Card Series and our Division Series on set to start on Tuesday. Again, I can’t give any information on this, it’s just disappointing. -Brian Cashman
The Yankees hold a 1-0 series advantage against the Guardians, thanks to their 4-1 victory in Game 1. Game 2 is scheduled for later tonight at Yankee Stadium, with the first pitch at 7:30 p.m. ET.
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