Nationals’ Baker on Reds’ Chapman: ‘He’s a heck of a guy’

Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker made an appearance at the MLB Winter Meetings on Tuesday and was asked about the alleged domestic violence incident involving one of his former players, Aroldis Chapman.

Baker, who managed Chapman during his tenure with the Cincinnati Reds from 2010-2013, came to the defense of the closer.

“He’s a heck of a guy,” Baker told reporters. “I mean, a heck of a guy. I’ll go on record and say I wouldn’t mind having Chapman. No, no, he is a tremendous young man with a great family, mom and dad, and what he went through to get here and what his family had to go through to get here. I was with him through the whole process.”

Police reports indicate Chapman was allegedly involved in a domestic violence altercation with his girlfriend on Oct. 30 that included some disturbing allegations. The case has since been closed due to conflicting stories, no cooperating witnesses and no physical injuries, per an AP report, and Chapman was not charged.

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Baker admitted he had not read any reports concerning the alleged incident but indicated he heard about it from his son. A transcript of Baker’s additional comments follow courtesy of ASAP Sports Transcripts, by way of Hardball Talk.

 

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