Tragic news coming out of Pasco County, Flordia, as the sherif has confirmed that the body found in the crash of a small plane in the Gulf of Mexico, is in fact, Roy Halladay.
Halladay, a 16-year MLB veteran, who was selected to 8 All-Star games, won 2 Cy Young's, and finished in top-5 Cy Young voting 5 other times, was an incredible competitor on the field, and a great person off.
"While he was a member of the Toronto Blue Jays, Halladay and his wife invited children and their families from the Hospital for Sick Children into "Doc's Box" at Rogers Centre during Blue Jays games. The remodeling of the suite to be more kid-friendly was documented in an episode of Design Inc.. As part of Halladay's contract with the Blue Jays, he also donated $100,000 each year to the Jays Care Foundation
Halladay was the Blue Jays' nominee numerous times for the Roberto Clemente Award for his work with underprivileged children. For the same reason, he was also the Blue Jays' nominee in 2008 for the Players Choice Awards Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award."
This is a truly devastating loss for the entire MLB community, and especially the passionate fans of Philly and Toronto where he gave so much, and left everything he had out there every single night.
"Doc" Halladay died doing something he loved dearly, and will leave behind a wife and two children.
Halladay will be remember as one of the most dominant pitchers during the steroid era, and absolutely should be inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame in the near future, and it is a true shame that he won't be alive for the ceremony. That will be an emotional one for sure, and my thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.
At just 40 years old, he had his whole life ahead of him. RIP Doc.
The Diamondbacks completed a sweep of the Dodgers last night with a 3-1 victory. The Dbacks have now won 13 straight dating back to August 23rd. This is the second time they've swept the Dodgers in that stretch, yet they're still 11 games out of the NL West division lead. Just goes to show you how much distance the Dodgers put between themselves and the rest of the pack throughout the first 5 months of the season. The Dodgers have hit a bump in the road, they've now lost 6 straight games, and have lost 11 of their last 13 games. Good thing they got off to that amazing start or they might actually be in some trouble right about now. Truly amazing how a team can go from nearly unbeatable to looking horrendous in the matter of a couple weeks. This is why I love baseball.
Two weeks ago we're talking about how the Dodgers are on pace to break the all time regular season wins record, now that's definitely not going to happen. Now, the conversation has shifted to are the Dbacks are real threat to the Dodgers. I'd say they made that pretty clear after they swept them at home and on the road. The Dbacks and Dodgers will most likely face off in the NLDS as long as the Dbacks don't get upset in the wildcard, something that could likely happen I. A one game playoff. Something I'm sure the Dodgers are hoping happens since they just can't seem to beat those pesky Dbacks. Everyone thought after the Yu Darvish trade that the Dodgers were the clear cut World Series favorite and they'd essentially be unbeatable. Well, Yu Darvish hasn't been good and the rest of the pitching staff has begun to fall apart. Mix that in with the lineup beginning to slump and there's no wonder why the Dodgers are in this skid. I'm sure a skid is all it is, however now is not the right time for a team to be losing momentum.
The Dbacks have all the momentum in the world heading into the postseason, whereas the Dodger do not. With these teams on a collision course to meet up in the NLDS, that is bad news bears for the Dodgers. Imagine having this awesome regular season just to lose in the NLDS, that'd have to be one of the biggest let downs of all time. Ask Nationals fans, they're used to it at this point. The Dbacks have none of the pressure and all the momentum, which is a dangerous formula for October. I'm not going to make any hot takes just yet, but just know if these trends continue we should be in for one of the biggest first round upsets in MLB history.
Was watching the MLB network when I heard the guys bring up a very valid point... When Addison Russell is cleared to return what are the Cubs going to do about the shortstop position? In Russell's absence Javy Baez has proved he is a premier shortstop in this league. Seems like every night I see a new clip of him making some acrobatic play that only Javy Baez could make. The increase of production at the plate has also helped Javy Baez's case for staying put at shortstop, although it's going to be awfully hard to just cut off Addison Russell from the position he's done so well at for the Cubs.
The case one can make for Javy Baez is that he is clearly the better defensive player. This is true, but by no stretch is Addison Russell not capable of making all the plays at shortstop. Javy Baez brings an element of making plays that no one else can, however Russell is just as good defensively as essentially any shortstop in baseball, so it's not like he's a liability whatsoever in the field. On the base paths I give Javy Baez the edge as well, he's just so explosive, he makes opposing pitchers nervous, and his baseball IQ is off the charts. He stole home, I don't think Addison Russell has that game changing ability on the base paths. At the plate most would say Addison Russell is the more consistent bat. I tend to disagree. Yes, in 2016 Russell was clearly the better hitter, he drove in 95 RBI's, hit 20+ dingers, but he had a batting average below .240. Javy Baez, has shown he can hit for power just as good if not better than Russell by putting 21 balls over the fence this season. He hits for a much better average, hitting about 30 points higher than Addison Russell. He hasn't been able to drive in nearly as many runs as Russell did a year ago, but that could also be to the lack oppurtunities. Let's be real, the Cubs offense was a lot better last year than it is this year, so it's totally possible that the 95 RBI's Russell had last year are just a mirage. Baez does strike out a bunch, but if he's hitting for a higher average, has a better on base percentage, and hits for more power, I don't really see that to be much of a problem. The plate discipline needs improvement with Baez, which will come with the experience of being an everyday player.
If I'm Theo Epstein I'm telling Joe Maddon keep Javy Baez at shortstop. In the offseason I get a nice haul for Addison Russell since his value is still incredibly high and the Cubs can start getting some elite prospects back in their farm system. These last two seasons have kinda dried up the farm in Chicago with all the win now trades they are making, so this is an excellent way to start retooling. It's not an easy decision, although I do think it's the necessary one. Russell still has the beef with his ex-wife looming over his head, so who knows how that will play out, and Javy Baez has those special intangibles that just can't be taught. I feel it'd be a huge mistake for the Cubs to take Javy Baez out of the spot he's produced so well for them at. It's unfortunate that Russell loses his job due to injury, however that's the nature of the business. What do you think the Cubs should do? Keep Baez at shortstop, move Baez and put Russell back at shortstop, or do you have a different theory? Let me know in the poll below.
I was sick to my stomach when I woke up this morning and saw the final score was Baltimore 7 Yankees 6. I feel asleep in the 8th inning, something I'd almost never do, however the game didn't start until like he 10pm last night, so I'm sure a lot of fans missed out on this one. Let me just say right now, this was a good game to miss. A game that looked like it was won early in the 3rd inning, turned into one of the most devastating defeats the Yankees have encountered this season.
Yankees were riding high coming into this game, just having taken 3 of 4 from Boston in the previous series, and they won the opener in this series. Now, all was left to do was win this series, even better sweep this series, carrying all momementum into the Yankees next serie as they continue to chase the top spot in the AL East. Unfortunately, any momentum we had is probably gone after last night. The Yankees were leading 6-1 in the 3rd inning. A lead that anyone would feel comfortable with saying this game is essentially won, especially when you have a great bullpen like the Yankees do. Anyways, Manny Machado comes up in the bottom of the third, hits a laser beam homer to left center, and the Yankees lead was cut to 6-2. Still, no big deal, big enough lead where I'm very comfortable. Then, in the bottom of the 5th Jonathan Schoop, who is quietly making a nice little MVP campaign, blasts his 31st home run of the season, and the score was now 6-3. Still not worried. The 6th inning is where the scaries started creeping in after Mark Trumbo hit a 2 run Camden Yards special that just made it over the wall. Anywhere else, even at Yankee stadium this a routine fly ball, but at Camden Yards it was a 2 run homer cutting the Yankee lead to 6-5. Now, I was worried.
Still a one run lead with a bullpen of unlimited flame throwing arms should be enough to get the Yankees the W. Tommy Kahnle came in to finish off the 6th and that's exactly what he did without much problem. David Robertson shut down the O's in just 10 pitches in the 7th. Aroldis Chapman came in the 8th leaving me in doubt due to him being awful this season, but even he was lights out last night. We were about to win the series and remain just 2 1/2 games out of first place in the AL East. Dellin Betances came in for the save, usually I'm more than confident with him on the mound, however there's something about him closing games in September that just never sits right with me. Probably because last year he was horrendous as the closer in September. Whatever, that was last year, this is this year, I had nothing to worry about, right. Well, turns out my initial gut wrenching feeling was right, Betances just isn't the same pitcher in September for whatever reason. Worst part was he gets the first two outs of the inning, Yankees are marching on to victory, then he walks Tim Beckham, big mistake, leaving Manny Machado an opportunity to win this game for his team. Machado hit an absolute bomb to centerfield, ball game, walk off, Orioles win, and the Yankees suffer a devastating loss blowing a 5 run lead.
Nothing worse than being one out away from victory and then losing the game. Demoralizing loss for the Yankees, hopefully they bounce back quicker than I do because I might be upset over this one for awhile. Yankees had their chance to bury the Orioles, instead we gave them a second life. Big big mistake. Yankees need to bounce back in a big way today, I have faith they can do it, I mean that has been their mantra all season. Forget about the last one and move onto the next one, baby. Unfortunately, Boston won a marathon game against Toronto in 19 innings, so the deficit in the AL East is back to 3 1/2 games. Still plenty of time to catch those cheating basterds, though.
Red Sox Get Caught Cheating Using an Apple Watch Further Proving All Boston Sports Franchises Need to Cheat to Win
Stop if you've heard this before, Boston team gets caught cheating using electronic technology to try to gain an advantage over their opponent. No, this isn't the Patriots involved in Spygate, this time it's Boston's baseball team doing the cheating. Apparently, the Yankees caught the Red Sox using some elaborate scheme involving an apple watch, yes an apple watch, to steal signs from opposing teams, specifically the Yankees. They were then relaying the signs to the batters and getting an unfair advantage against the opposing pitcher. Classic Boston team trying to get an advantage anyway possible. Do they not teach sportsmanship, hard work, and respect in Boston? I guess not because these teams get involved in more scandals regarding cheating than any other sports town.
The saddest part about this whole situation is that the Red Sox lineup knows exactly what pitch is coming and they still can't hit the ball. If I'm a Red Sox fan right now I'm very nervous. Your team was stealing signs and they still couldn't produce with runners in scoring positions, they are still the worst power hitting team in the league, and the Yankees still crushed them in the season series. As far as I'm concerned that Rafael Devers home run off Aroldis Chapman was a result of this cheating, therefore the Yankees should be rewarded the winner of that game. Of course that won't happen, though. That's why these Boston teams continue to cheat. They get caught, they get a slap on the wrist, and if they don't get caught they cheat their way to championships. Well, at least the Patriots do anyways, Red Sox on the other hand aren't quite in the same tier of dominance as the Patriots, which makes this even more sad. Bunch of cheaters that can't even win, pathetic.
Realistically, Boston will probably just get fined and all will be forgotten. I mean for Christ sake their GM, douschebag Dave Dombroski, was literally laughing his ass off at these claims because he knows Rob Manfred is too spineless to do anything about this. The only thing we have going for us is that Joe Torre handles the discipline in these types of situations, so hopefully good ole Joe will hold it down for the Yankees and screw over the Red Sox due to his history with the ball clubs. At least we know that this season for the Red Sox has an asterisk next to it now, anyone that disagrees might as well admit that cheating should be allowed, and the league should just be total chaos. Why have rules if no one is going to follow them. This Red Sox season is officially a sham and anyone that thinks otherwise doesn't respect the game of baseball.
Yankees straight up stole the souls of the Red Sox last night as they faced their ace, crushed him, and finished the season series winning 11 of the 19 games. Winning 3 of 4 going into this series was imperative if the Yankees wanted to have any hopes of capturing the AL East division crown, and the Yankees managed to do just that. Everyone on the squad did their part this weekend to help bring Boston's lead in the division back down to within striking distance.
CC Sabathia took the mound in game 1 and did what he's done all year against Boston, which is dominate them. He gave the Yankees 6 strong innings allowing just one run, even after a troublesome first inning where it looked like it was all going to fall apart, he recovered nicely, and finished strong. He called out the Red Sox for bunting against him, a ridiculous debate, one in which I will not involve myself. Still I support him calling the Red Sox soft and lighting a fire under the ass of anyone in that Yankee clubhouse. Friday the Yankees bats fell asleep and the Red Sox did just enough to squeak out a victory against Sonny Gray.
The weekend arrived and so did the Yankees first must win games of the season. Well, at least in terms of winning the division. Tanaka pitched like the ace we've expected him
to be all season cruising through the Red Sox lineup. Matt Holliday made his triumphant return by blasting a three run shot to seal a Yankees victory. The Yankees had now taken 2 of 3 from Boston securing the season series win. The Yankees needed to win this series to realistically have a good chance at winning this division, though, a split was not going to be enough. Heading into a final game against Chris Sale the cards seemed to be stacked against the Yankees.
Sale like all great Red Sox pitchers just has simply struggled to beat the Yankees, in fact he has not been able to defeat the Yankees all season despite pitching well against them. One might even say we're his Daddy. If that wasn't cut and dry going into last night it certainly was following his atrocious performance. The Yankees took Sale deep not once, not twice, but three times, and it probably would've been even more if that bum could've lasted more than 4 1/3 innings. The Yankees had a 3-0 lead following solo homers from Headley, Frazier, and Holliday. Talk about getting production from where you least expect it. The Yankees then donated a run to the Red Sox the following inning since we felt bad about destroying their ace pitcher. Then, we got into the Red Sox bullpen and did serious damage scoring six runs in one inning thanks to a Gary Sanchez infield single, a Starlin Castro bases clearing double, and an Aaron Judge moonshot that still might be in orbit somewhere up in the stratosphere. Yankees went onto stomp the Red Sox 9-2.
What a way to end the season series. Dismantling the Red Sox, shaking them to their core after they watched their ace fail to show up in a big spot once again. The Yankees just seem to own Sale, and it's only going to get buried deeper into his head that he's property of the New York Yankees if the Red Sox keep allowing us to beat him to a pulp. Yankees now have all the momentum they could possibly need heading into the stretch run whereas the Red Sox are shaking in their boots. Will the Yankees do the unthinkable and cap
off this magical season with a division title run or will the Red Sox be able to hold onto first place for dear life. I guess
will just have to wait and let September baseball run its course. I will say this, momentum is key this time of year, and the Yankees seem to be on fire right about now. Time to sweep the Orioles and keep this momentum train rolling.
It's a rarity in baseball when a feat occurs that has never been done before. The sport has been around for over 100 years, so when something happens for the first time, you know it's special. Well, last night was a special night for Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill. I'm sure he wouldn't tell you it was anything special, but that'd just be him being humble and maybe a little bit upset. Hill dominated the Pittsburgh Pirates lineup last night, he was in top form, hitting all his spots, getting great movement on his pitches, and getting a little help from his defense along the way. He was so good he didn't allow a hit or walk through 9 innings of baseball. That means he threw a perfect game, right. Well, not exactly.
The Dodgers did allow a base runner in the 9th inning due to Logan Forsythe error. Routine grounder to the third baseman and he just booted it. That put an end to the Rich Hill perfect game to no fault of his own. Usually a walk is what ruins a perfect game, but Rich Hill would finish the night with 0 walks and 10 strikeouts. He made it through the 9th inning and the no hitter was complete, oh wait, the score was still 0-0. Yeah, Rich Hill allowed no hits through 9 innings, however the Pirates pitching staff was pretty good themselves allowing no runs of there own either. Now, Rich Hill has nothing to show for his outstanding effort. Dave Roberts wasn't going to let that happen, especially after pulling him from a perfect game the year prior. Rich Hill trotted out to the mound for the 10th inning. Hill was still under 100 pitches at this point, so there was no reason to pull him from this game just yet. Turns out that maybe they should've. Josh Harrison was the first batter of the inning and he hit a high fly ball to left field, Curtis Granderson gave it chase, but he couldn't quite there in time, the ball just got over the wall, and just like that devastation set in.
Not only did Rich Hill not get a no hitter, he didn't get a shutout, and he didn't even get the win. Imagine pitching the game of your life and the offense that has been great for the Dodgers all year just doesn't show up. Only needing one hit to win a game is very special and Josh Harrison did just that with his walkoff home run. What a way to break up the no hitter and tear a pitchers heart out. Rich Hill was the first pitcher I've seen go into extra inning in what feels like forever since pitchers usually can't even make it through 6 innings nowadays. This is something that hasn't been done in over 100 years. A pitcher to have a no hitter go into extra innings and then lose after only giving up one hit while walking no batters the entire game. Pirates showed what it means to live and die by the long ball last night. I feel for Rich Hill, however when the team he plays on is 50 games above .500 and destined to win a World Series it's hard to feel really bad for him. I'm sure a nice commissioners trophy will help heal the shitty feeling of watching your no hit bid disappear in the blink of an eye after nearly 9 perfect innings.
The machine keeps on producing as he passes Sammy Sosa for most home runs ever by a foreign born player. Pujols blasted his 610th career home run last night, good for 8th all time on the home run list, and the most by any player born outside the U.S.A. What a career it has been for Albert Pujols, he isn't even close to the player he once was with the St.Louis Cardinals, however he still mashes home runs and drives in runs like he always has. He'll finish the season with 25 bombs and right around 100 RBI's, barring any injury of course. Not bad for a 37 year old. Pujols still has 4 years left on his deal, so he'll only continue to climb the home run leaders. He's only 2 behind Jim Thome right now, so look for Pujols to move into the #7 spot on the all time home run leaders before seasons end. After that he'll have Ken Griffey Jr., Willie Mays, A-Rod, Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, and Barry Bonds ahead of him, now that's incredible company.
Will Pujols be able to catch any of those guys and get to climb higher than #7 on the list, though. I certainly think so, Pujols has 4 years left on his deal, and let's assume he doesn't retire until his deal is up since I can't imagine him leaving that much money on the table. In 4 years if he's to average at the bare minimum 20 home runs a seasons, that's another 80 home runs, which will place him right around 690 for his career. At that point I'd like to see him get to 700, something he'd be able to do in 1 extra season. When it's all said and done Pujols will be in the top 5 all time in home runs, unless he gets plagued with a devastating injury of course. Adding another legendary bat to the 700 club would be nice, especially since Albert Pujols isn't linked to steroids in anyway despite playing at a time when they were very prevalent.
Every day Pujols is making history and stepping closer to one of the most absurd milestones in sports. Appreciate it while it last because before you know it he's going to be out of the league. You're watching a living legend, Pujols is an icon for any baseball player, and if you're a foreign born player than he's the benchmark for ultimate greatness. There's no foreign born player besides Miguel Cabrera, who really isn't even that close, that is even close to catching Pujols for most home runs ever, so I don't think this record will be threatened anytime soon. This guy has literally accomplished basically everything one can hope to do in an MLB career. Within the next 2 seasons Pujols will join the 3000 club and the 2000 RBI club. If he can finish his career with 700 home runs, he'll be one of 3 players to hit 700 home runs, have 3000 hits, and drive in 2000 RBI's. Basically solidifying his position as one of the best hitters of all time. I'm excited to watch Pujols accomplish these incredible milestones and continue to decorate his already extremely impressive resume.
All year I've heard from Mets fans that they have the worst luck of any franchise in sports, which is just a lazy analysis of what's really going on in Queens. The Mets problems stem from the guys upstairs calling the shots. Who that is, I'm not really sure. Maybe it's Terry Collins, although I doubt he has that much power, more likely it's Sandy Anderson or one of the Wilpon's, but I really couldn't tell you because I'm not apart of the organization. Regardless of who it is, they're the ones to blame for the Mets misfortune, luck has nothing to do with it.
Steven Matz is latest player on a long list of important players to go down with injury this season. Injuries are apart of the game, but at the clip the Mets players get hurt it's outlandish, and clearly not normal. A team built off starting pitching should have the most elite group of doctors and trainers to make sure that their pitching staff stays healthy throughout the course of the season, and to make sure no major injuries derail their entire pitching staff. I understand that's not always possible, but in the Mets case this year it most certainly was. The Mets did the exact opposite of taking every precaution possible when it comes to their starting pitchers, and boy did they end up paying the piper because of it. Somehow, out of the 7 starting pitchers they had coming into this season, 6 of them have had injuries that put them out for extended periods of time. I won't say all of them could've been avoided, but at least 3 should've been avoided, and now there might be long term ramifications due to their negligence.
Let's start with the most recent injury to Steven Matz. Matz has been injury prone essentially his entire tenure with the Mets, hasn't been anything too serious yet, but you'd think they'd be extremely careful with him knowing his history. Well, they weren't, as a matter of fact they decided to have him pitch through discomfort instead because that's always a brilliant idea. Now, he has nerve damage in his elbow, and it'll require surgery similiar to what happened with Jacob deGrom last year. The part that boggles my mind is that they knew he already had elbow problems with the bone spur last season, so why they allowed him to pitch through any discomfort is beyond me. At least it's an excuse for why Steven Matz was so god awful this season, although with his injury history who knows if he'll ever be the pitcher he was expected to be when they originally called him up.
Next, the Mets have the Matt Harvey saga. This one is way more embarrassing than the Steven Matz injury because it easily could've been avoided if the doctors weren't bad at their job. Basically, Matt Harvey was pitching with no muscle behind his throwing shoulder. This caused him to overthrow and still not have the same velocity that he did before the injury. Everyone was questioning why Harvey was so awful when it turns out he had an atrophied muscle. It was half the size of his non throwing shoulder and no one realized for way too long. Matt Harvey is partially to blame since he's not taking care of his body like a major league athlete should, but it's also the Mets job to keep on top of their big stars. No excuses for that injury, just poor management and leadership by the Mets organization. Also, malpractice by those doctors in my opinion.
Lastly, the most devastating and most easily avoidable injury came to Noah Syndergaard early in the year. Thor had faced some discomfort, the Mets told him to get an MRI, but Syndergaard refused. The spineless Mets management backed off because they are afraid of laying the law down with their players, so Thor continued to pitch even though he was injured. Well, what do you know in his next start he leaves with a torn lat. The MRI would've showed this before it completely tore and then the Mets wouldn't have been without their best pitcher the entire season. The reasoning for Thor tearing his lat is that he put on so much muscle in the offseason that his ligaments couldn't quite support it. I don't know, I'm no doctor, but I do know putting on that much muscle that quickly is not good for your body, and his body clearly showed him that. The Mets told him not to put on the muscle, but the players run the ship in the Mets clubhouse, so he did it anyways. Another example of how pathetic and incompetent Mets management is.
Seth Lugo, Robert Gsellman, and Zach Wheeler have all gone down with injuries as well, however I can't blame the Mets for those one's, even though I'm sure somehow they played a part. The fact a team could lose 6 starting pitchers throughout the course of a season is mind blowing. If the Mets want to seize this amazing opportunity of having one of the most elite pitching staffs in baseball for the next several years, then they need to get their act together, and keep these guys healthy. They should be doing everything in their power to accommodate these players without letting them walk all over them. There's a fine line between the two and the Mets certainly don't understand that. I hope for the sake of the loyal Mets fans this gets figured out, but if history tells me anything, it won't.
I'll tell you right now what is wrong with Aroldis Chapman, Joe Maddon fried his arm, and the Yankees were dumb enough to witness it first hand and still offer him an enormous contract. I'm just being real with you, Aroldis Chapman is not the dominant closer he once was and I doubt he'll ever return to that point. The Cubs traded their best prospect to us for Chapman, obviously they were going to squeeze every pitch they possibly could out of his arm, and that's exactly what they did. They didn't offer him a contract for a reason, they knew he was broken. Yet, the Yankees wanted to look like geniuses acquiring the Cubs top prospect and then getting Chapman back just a few months later. It was a robbery, right? Wrong, they couldn't have been more wrong.
Now, the Yankees are stuck with this guy for 4 more years after this season. Paying him an unreasonable amount of money for a guy that's just a shell of what he was. I know what y'all are going to say, he's not completely broken he's just going through a rough patch. I mean the other night he was throwing cheese reaching 103 MPH. It's cool that he can still throw hard, but if he's not throwing hard and accurate, then he isn't what we paid him to be. When Chapman is at his best he's locating that 102 MPH fastball. Since his arm is shot he is forced to overthrow and is losing his accuracy, causing him to leave pitches over the plate, or miss the plate entirely. That's why we've seen him walk so many batters and let up home runs in his last two outings.
This isn't a recent thing either, yeah the home runs are recent, but he hasn't been particularly dominant at all this season. As a matter of fact, he's been quite average. Do these numbers sound like that of the highest paid closer in baseball, 3.89 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, and 4 blown saves in 20 attempts. Chapman is clearly lost on the mound, his confidence is now shattered, and as a Yankee fan I couldn't be more concerned.
It's awesome that we have 5 other great relievers, problem is we can't remove Chapman from the closer role. That's like taking away a Tigers stripes, it's just not the same beast, and Chapman will be useless if he gets removed from being the closer. His confidence is already in the dumps, imagine we strip him of his coveted role as Yankees closer, he'd be even worse, which is a scary thought at this point. If he can't handle the pressure of being a star in New York he should've never came back, he needs to be more mentally tough. Him crouching on the mound after letting up a home run is the opposite of mental tough, it shows weakness. People
used to fear Aroldis Chapman taking the mound, now he's just another regular closer. You wanna be the heir to Mariano Rivera's throne, then you better saddle up, and be lights out.
All in all, there really isn't much the Yankees can do, now. They have him under contract for 4 more years, he's going to be the closer for the next 4 years. They have to do whatever it takes to get this guy right or the team's succeess will be at stake. That's how vital this guy is to our franchise at this point. Ellsbury is enough dead weight to carry around we can't afford another awful contract with a guy that doesn't produce. I don't see how they'll get him to turn it around since I think he has a dead arm, but I'm praying they do. I've heard a lot of experts say that in situations like this the player usually takes a full year to recover from being overused, so maybe next year he'll return to peak form. The best thing for him might've been pulling his hamstring running to cover first base the other night. The Yankees should put him on the DL let him get some rest, give him time to evaluate his mental state, and hopefully get him ready for the stretch run. Then, we can use either Robertson or Betances as our closer for the time being without completely ripping out Chapman's soul.