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The New York Post writes this of Chapman:
"Yankees manager Joe Girardi didn’t hesitate to go to Aroldis Chapman for a third straight day Friday when he wanted to protect a one-run lead in the ninth.
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Chapman proved it again versus St. Louis, a team he is accustomed to facing from his time with the Reds and the second half of last season with the Cubs..."
This is a throwback, folks... a loose throw back. He always wants the ball.
And it's funny, in this day and age they use closers much differently then when they used guys like Rich Gossage. I think that's why Gossage gets so angry when he talks about closers today, because back when he pitched, it was a sometimes 3 inning closer situation.
These days however, it's 1 inning, maybe 4 outs, maybe 2 outs, but it's no where near the work load Gossage had. That being said, I like that Chapman will take the ball and do the job, and yes, even play the percentages and peak in that binder a bit... especially when it comes to pitching for a former NL team and going against the Cards last night.
Whatever it takes... and I dig it! Another win for the Yanks!