Dec
03

Breaking News: Chapman is a risk

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In piece for SI.com, Melissa Segura wrote about how Cuban lefty Aroldis Chapman first got involved with baseball and how he ultimately came to defect, though more importantly she touched on the weaknesses in his game. If you don’t have time to read the 3,000 word article, then check out The Artist’s recap at TYU. I highly recommend checking out Seguara’s original article, though.

This is a common MSM timeline for these perceived super-prospects. First comes the absurd amount of hype, then comes the poo-pooing of their game by emphasizing their weaknesses, and the final stage is the subtle admission that the guy is extremely talented, but not perfect.  Stephen Strasburg went through it, Justin Upton went through it, Joe Mauer went through, even A-Rod went through it. Chapman is riskier than most, but the potential reward is the greatest we’ve seen for an international amateur since Felix Hernandez.

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62 Comments»

  1. Meh, the article smacks of smearing from Cuban sources and standard propaganda from team sources.

    • Mike HC says:

      I agree. I would take all of that with a grain of salt. Like anybody knows the exact conversations that he has had with his wife, or baby mama (whichever one it was). I’m sure the situation was far more gray than those one or two sentence quotes implied.

  2. This is a common MSM timeline for these perceived super-prospects. First comes the absurd amount of hype, then comes the poo-pooing of their game by emphasizing their weaknesses, and the final stage is the subtle admission that the guy is extremely talented, but not perfect. Stephen Strasburg went through it, Justin Upton went through it, Joe Mauer went through it, even A-Rod went through it.

    You know who didn’t go through it?

    Melvin. His timeline is:

    A) The absurd amount of hype
    B) The poo-pooing of his weaknesses, emphasizing his insanely good game
    C) The subtle admission that the guy is even better than perfect, and that we need to create a new word to encapsulate “Melvin-level-perfection”

  3. A.D. says:

    Sounds like he’s just driving down his price.

  4. Free Mike Vick says:

    i look at it as this.

    The Yankees have the money and resources to over come a bad investment. Obviously. So give Chapman the money…take the risk.

    and if he works out. Great. You got another El Duque that can help you win some games…maybe win a championship or 2.

    and if he doesn’t work out. So what? No harm done.

  5. Mike HC says:

    Chapman said, “The difference in starting the game is that you can impact the game greatly. You can pitch a lot of innings. As a closer, you only get one or two innings.”

    At least he is already smarter than Mike Francesa and a large amount of Yankee fans. Starting pitchers are inherently more valuable than relievers. That should be a plus in his intelligence column.

  6. I like how Albertin Aroldis Chapman de la Cruz (a Jamaican-Cuban) and his girlfriend Raidelmis Mendosa Santiestelas (who looks like a garden-variety Anglo/Taino Cuban in this pic http://sports.espn.go.com/phot.....by_300.jpg ) had a baby…

    and named her “Ashanti Brianna”.

    - “Should we give her a Cuban name, or a Jamaican name?”
    - “Neither. Let’s pick some generic American African-American/Caucasian pop-star kinda names.”

    … aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand, SCENE!

  7. dkidd says:

    prior to the wbc, el duque was my primary exposure to cuban players. so i always imagined the cuban national team as being made up of crafty, unflappable, ice-water-in-their-veins, professionals. then the wbc, and it’s probably just this particular group of guys and the amount of pressure they were under to win the tournament, but they seemed to go to pieces at the first sign of adversity: yelling at each other, pouting, etc

    regardless, throw some money at chapman. at worst, we absorb another igawa

  8. Bo says:

    This org can sign an Igawa and not even blink or have to affect anything they do.

    I would think they wouldnt let the chance to sign a premier lefty go.

    • king of fruitless hypotheticals says:

      we DID sign an Igawa. We signed THE Igawa.

      i bet nobody says crap when you sign one.

      you sign two, its ‘off with his head.’

  9. I love the irony that someone named “Segura” is writing about risk…

    (Spanish-English dictionary for those who don’t get it)

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