Concerned About Aroldis Chapman’s Slowing Fastball? He Isn’t

Aroldis Chapman was nicknamed the Cuban Missile for a reason. The Yankees’ lanky left-handed closer from the Caribbean island has long been the most prominent face of the velocity explosion in modern baseball. Ever since he broke into the major leagues in 2010, few pitchers could match his 100-miles-per-hour fastball. Until last season. A month on the injured list with […]

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C.C. Sabathia and the Rotation of Starters Tossing Out Questions on Podcasts

Based on the way they have started this season, Collin McHugh, C.C. Sabathia and Trevor Williams should be in high demand for interviews. The three starting pitchers — McHugh for the Houston Astros, Sabathia for the Yankees and Williams for the Pittsburgh Pirates — had combined to make nine starts before Friday’s games, with a 2.08 E.R.A. But McHugh, Sabathia […]

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Canadian Joey Votto pops out to first base for 1st time in 13-year career

A remarkable baseball streak ended Wednesday when Joey Votto innocuously popped out to first base. The slugger somehow had made 6,827 plate appearances over 13 seasons with the Reds without ever popping out to first. He finally did it in Cincinnati’s 3-2 loss at Dodger Stadium, fouling out to Cody Bellinger to end the eighth. Votto had played 1,591 games […]

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