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Aroldis Chapman's vanity plates need an update

Sep 3, 2010, 9:25 PM EDT

In case you haven’t had enough of baseball’s new sensation, here’s an interesting tidbit from John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Apparently, Chapman has vanity plates on his vehicles. Specifically, “102MPH” on his Lamborghini and “101MPH” on his Mercedes.

Now that the Cuban fireballer has reached 102.7 MPH and 103.9 MPH in his first two major league appearances, he’s ready to make some changes.

“I just texted his advisor,” Louisville trainer Tomas Vera said. “He’s going to see if he can get 104MPH and 105MPH.”

If 32 percent of Reds fans can be believed, he might need to reserve 106MPH, too.

  1. Tiger Woods Owns You - Sep 4, 2010 at 1:36 AM

    Next canditate for Tommy John surgery, keep throwing the ball as hard as you can Arolids so you can go back to cuba and wash dishes

  2. avg joe - Sep 4, 2010 at 2:47 AM

    Yes, because all Hispanic men are either baseball players or dishwashers.

  3. bbeer - Sep 4, 2010 at 4:45 AM

    Hey that’s a brilliant post you have. I’m happy for HBT to be enlightened with your brilliance.

  4. StuckOnWords - Sep 4, 2010 at 8:46 AM

    Man, seriously. I mean…how smart do you have to be, anyway, to think that someone with a 30 million dollar contract would ever have to wash dishes? He’d probably get a real kick out of paying Tiger-Woods-Owns-You to come do his dishes. TWOY would do it, and call him “sir” as he grovelled his way into the kitchen. Chapman undoubtedly makes more money per pitch than TWOY makes in a year.

  5. Paper Lions - Sep 4, 2010 at 9:04 AM

    But he is correct that if Chapman keeps throwing with max effort, he is in line for at least one major surgery. No one has every regularly thrown this hard and not suffered at least one major injury. If he can be effective at 98-100, he would be wise to dial it back a bit.

  6. Cougar Hunter - Sep 4, 2010 at 9:36 AM

    It’s funny that so many people now are experts in human physiology. And it’s sad that so many people are eager for this kid to get hurt just so they can say “I told you so.”

  7. Paper Lions - Sep 4, 2010 at 10:29 AM

    You don’t have to be an expert to recognize pattern (guys that regularly hit triple digits wind up with arm problems), but now that you mention it…I did teach Anatomy and Physiology for 4 years. I don’t think anyone is rooting for him to get hurt; he makes the game more fun (as Strausburg did/will).

  8. Cougar Hunter - Sep 4, 2010 at 1:28 PM

    Good for you on the teaching gig, but you’re missing the point. Plenty of pitchers who don’t come near Chapman’s velocity undergo TJ every year, suggesting a more complicated biomechanical cause and effect than just “throwing hard = ligament damage.” To say he’s an automatic candidate for “at least one major surgery” just by looking at some numbers on a radar gun is an incredibly short sighted comment from someone who should probably know better, Professor Lions. And while no one is really rooting for the guy to get hurt, there are plenty of people like Tiger Woods’ above who would like nothing more than to say “told ya so.”

  9. mashoaf - Sep 4, 2010 at 2:18 PM

    Billy Wagner threw it hard for so many years and never got majorly hurt (other than the ball off his face) until towards the end of his career.

  10. Shawon-O-Meter - Sep 4, 2010 at 3:51 PM

    His hard throws look a lot more effortless than Strasburg’s imo. I hope Strasburg finds a good restaurant to work in for the next year and a half though.

  11. StuckOnWords - Sep 4, 2010 at 7:35 PM

    Actually, now you’re in my department of the university…Mathematics. The number of pitchers who *don’t* throw over 100 mph is significantly greater than those who do. So the fact that there are “plenty of pitchers” who have TJ every year who don’t throw that hard is statistically far less compelling than the fact that those so many of those who *do* hit triple digits. The percentages of those who throw that hard who end up with arm problems is, statistically, suggestive that there is a tie between the two. My boy Joel Zumaya snapped a bone in his throwing arm this year, Strausburg already has us worried, and Chapman must absolutely be watched for the first signs of trouble. To ignore the statistical indicators of hard-throwing pitchers developing arm problems would be foolhardy.
    And yes, I really hope nothing happens to any of them. It’s exciting to see those guys throw.

  12. GP - Sep 7, 2010 at 11:41 AM

    This guy is working on an interesting, mechanics based, theory. Here’s his article about Strasburg specifically: http://www.chrisoleary.com/projects/baseball/pitching/professionalpitcheranalyses/StephenStrasburg.html
    …and here’s the article on the ‘Inverted W’ mechanic in general: http://www.chrisoleary.com/projects/baseball/pitching/RethinkingPitching/Essays/DeathToTheInvertedW.html
    I found them to be an interesting read, maybe you will too.

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