Former Yankees championship pitcher David Wells doesn’t see anything wrong with the organization taking a chance on Aroldis Chapman despite his off the field issues… well so long as he continues to be a dominant pitcher.
This from TMZ Sports:
“In all honesty I don’t give a crap what he’s done off-the-field. As long as he shows up to practice, plays hard and produces … I’ll take him. They always get guys that are a little crazy or have stuff going on off-the-field. But despite all the off-the-field stuff the teams that had those players ended up getting it done.”
Wells isn’t the first baseball guy to defend Chapman. Earlier this year, Washington Nationals manager and Chapman’s former manager in Cincinnati Dusty Baker called him ‘a heck of a guy’, adding that he hoped the alleged incident didn’t happen.
Major League Baseball made changes to its domestic abuse policy earlier this year leaving the ultimate decision to punish players in the hands of the commissioner with no minimum or maximum amount of time established.
Although Major League Baseball’s investigation is still ongoing with potential repercussions coming, it seems as though coaches and players aren’t exactly convinced that what Chapman’s girlfriend is claiming is true. Whether or not that’s because he’s such a talent on the field or a lack of evidence in the case, we’ll have to wait and see what punishment will be handed out to the 4-time All-Star closer this season.