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Chapman Watch vs. Watch Chapman

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Albertín Aroldis Chapman de la Cruz, the latest closer to be signed by the Chicago Cubs, has been under the spotlight since he first stepped onto American soil in 2009, after successfully defecting from his home country of Cuba. To put it mildly, Chapman’s fastball is akin to Halley’s comet.  It can streak across the plate at up to 105.1 mph, the current confirmed MLB record. Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutchen was batting at Great American Ballpark in 2011 when Chapman supposedly threw a pitch clocked at 106 mph per the scoreboard. Unlike the famous comet, however, we get to witness this trajectory path of brilliance over and over again.  The control issues Aroldis experienced at the beginning of his career have greatly diminished.  At least with his fastball.  More on that later…
Originally drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in 2010, Aroldis has been setting pitching radars on fire and sending batters to the bench wondering if they ever saw the flash of white that just exploded in catchers’ mi…