Aroldis Chapman’s ninth save of the season might have been the most controversial – because of something he did after it was over.
Once the Cincinnati Reds closer struck out Martin Maldonado to clinch a 4-3 victory over Milwaukee Tuesday night, Chapman took two somersaults toward catcher Ryan Hanigan in an apparent celebration.
The Reds reacted with concern – that Chapman might injure himself, offend the opposition, or perhaps both. Manager Dusty Baker, who saw the tumbling exhibition only on video replay, said pitching coach Bryan Price addressed the incident with Chapman after the game.
By the time Chapman returned to the clubhouse, the smile he wore on the field was gone. He rested his forehead on a bat as he sat silently at his locker. He declined comment through a team official, saying he was not “mentally ready” to take questions from the media. Veterans Joey Votto and Jay Bruce spoke with Chapman quietly for several minutes after the game.
Chapman, who defected from Cuba and is in his third season with the Reds, was arrested last month for allegedly driving 93 mph on a suspended license.