Aroldis Chapman

Birthday:  Feburary 28

July 25, 2016
Cubs trade Rashad Crawford, Billy Mckinney, Adam Warren & Gleybor Torres for Aroldis Chapman

In the 2016 regular season games, Chapman had 28 appearances, 16 saves with 46 strikeouts and 10 walks in 26 2/3 innings.   Chapman saved 4 games in the postseason for the 2016 Cubs.

Unless he returns to the team, Aroldis Chapman will have one of the shortest but most memorable Cubs careers in team history.  Chapman was picked up in a 2016 mid-season trade that sent one of the Cubs best prospects, Gleybor Torres to the Yankees.  A free agent after the 2016 season, Chapman signs to return to the Yankees less than 5 months after the Cubs traded for him, but he helped bring a World Series championship to Chicago.

Cubs manager, Joe Maddon put a lot of confidance in Chapman in the postseason, often using him for more than the typical one inning that Chapman has been used to most of his career.  Maddon's moves ultimately worked as the Cubs won the 2016 World Series.  Chapman certainly played an important role in the Cubs historic postseason run.

October 11, 2016
After an amazing 9th inning comeback by the Cubs line-up, Aroldis Chapman comes in and stikes out all 3 Giants he faces and the Cubs advance to the NLCS against the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Chapman saves
all 3 Cubs victory in the NLDS over the San Francisco Giants.

October 30, 2016

With the Cubs facing elimination and just a 3-2 lead over the Indians in Game 5 at Wrigley Field, Chapman made his most important contribution to the Cubs on their 2016 postseason run. Cubs manager, Joe Maddon brought Chapman into the game with just one out in the 7th inning and a runner on 2nd base. Chapman got out of the 7th inning jam, and held the Indians without a run for the final two innings to save the game for Jon Lester, help the Cubs get their first home World Series victory in 71 years, but more importantly, facing elimination, the World Series moves to games 6 and 7 in Cleveland.

November 2, 2016
Game 7 of the World Series and the Cubs are using starting pitcher, Jon Lester in relief and after he allows a runner to get on base, Joe Maddon goes to Aroldis Chapman for the third straight game in the 7th inning. The first 2 times it worked, this time it didn't. Chapman gave up a double To ex-Cubs minor leaguer, Brandon Guyer and a dramatic 2-run home run from Rajai Davis.

But give Chapman a lot of credit for sending the game into extra innings. When I saw that Chapman did not have his typical velocity in the ninth inning, I thought the Cubs were going to lose their third walk-off World Series in team history, but Chapman went to his slider quite a bit in the 9th inning (per Brooks baseball, all 3 hits Chapman gave up in this outing were on his fastball). Chapman kept the Indians scoreless to allow the Cubs to win it in the 10th inning. Brooks Baseball