At some point, watching Aroldis Chapman blow triple-digit heat past opposing hitters will get old. It hasn’t yet.
The Reds’ flame-throwing closer got into a pickle in the ninth inning in an attempt to preserve a 5-2 lead, as the Marlins loaded the bases with no outs. Chapman, however, blew a 102 MPH fastball past Donovan Solano for a strikeout, a 101 MPH fastball past Dee Gordon for another strikeout, then fanned Derek Dietrich with a 103 MPH heater to end the contest.
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Chapman has gotten all three outs on strikeouts in each of his last three appearances. He’s 15-for-16 getting the save thus far with a 2.01 ERA and a 56/19 K/BB ratio in 31 1/3 innings.
Across the league, scores of minor leaguers have been released in recent days. Already overworked and underpaid, these players are now left without any kind of reliable income during a pandemic, and during a time of civil unrest.
Jon Heyman reports that agent Scott Boras will pay the salaries of his minor league clients who were among those released. It’s a great and much-needed gesture. Boras described the releases as “completely unanticipated.”
Boras, of course, is perhaps the most successful sports agent of all time, so he and his company can afford to do this. That being said, it should be incumbent on the players’ teams — not their agents or their teammates — to take care of them in a time of crisis. Boras is, effectively, subsidizing the billionaire owners’ thriftiness.