There’s no denying closer Aroldis Chapman has created a big buzz while playing for the New York Yankees. In just half a season with the Bronx Bombers, Chapman experienced highs and lows, ranging from a suspension to impressing the fanbase by throwing a wicked 100 MPH.
While it fun watching him pitch out of the bullpen, Chapman didn’t finish the season with the Yankees; instead, he was traded to the Chicago Cubs midseason where he won a World Series.
Now Chapman is back, and now that he’s won a World Series, there’s one more thing he’d like to accomplish.
“I had the opportunity to return to the team I wanted to play for. Now it’s just focus and giving my all out there,” Chapman said to the media on Sunday. “Hopefully in the future I can get to the Hall of Fame.”
The Hall of Fame? Now, that is one big goal.
Chapman averages about 36 saves a season, so him creeping up the saves list isn’t completely out of the question. While a conversation of Chapman potentially making the Hall of Fame is years away, he did focus on how memorable his 2016 season was, and how’s he’s glad he’s a Yankee again.
“It was an unforgettable year for me, the whole experience of getting traded [to the Yankees], getting traded again, winning the World Series,’’ Chapman said. “It was an unbelievable year, not only for me but for my family. I wanted to come here, the best baseball in the world, means the world to me. I’ve been to four All-Star games. It was a blessing to go through life and be a champion and fortunate enough to get a nice contract. As a player, you want to perform.’’
Still, the back end of the bullpen should be a strong suit, especially with Chapman there to close games.