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Aroldis Chapman throws fastest pitch ever recorded

Sep 25, 2010, 8:51 AM EDT

It was only a little less than a month ago that reports surfaced about Aroldis Chapman unleashing a 105-mph fastball during an appearance with Triple-A Louisville. Many doubted the legitimacy of the gun at the time — and rightfully so — after all, we usually need to see these types of things to actually believe them.

Well, we can all believe now.

Chapman made history in last night’s loss to the Padres by throwing a 105-mph fastball. Check it out here.

As Steve Henson of Yahoo! Sports tells us, it was the fastest pitch ever recorded in a major league game. The previous record was held by Joel Zumaya, who threw a 104.8-mph fastball during a playoff game on October 10, 2006. Chapman’s pitch actually topped out at 105.1 mph, according to Brooks Baseball.

Chapman threw 25 pitches in total last night, all of them over 100 mph. In perhaps the most entertaining matchup of the night, Chapman got Adrian Gonzalez to swing-and-miss on three consecutive pitches in the bottom of the seventh inning that reached 102 mph, 102 mph and 103 mph.
In addition to his history-making heater, the southpaw touched 104 mph on three occasions.  

Here’s what opposing manager Bud Black told Dan Hayes of the North County Times after the jaw-dropping performance.

“I’ll go on record — that’s the best velocity fastball I’ve ever seen. That’s a legit No. 1.”

As for any doubts about the validity of the readings, Corey Brock, who covers the Padres for MLB.com, was told everything was on the up-and-up at PETCO.

I’ve been told from several sources, team and otherwise, that this isn’t a case of a ‘hot’ gun. 105 mph here is really 105 mph.”

Okay, one final stat to blow you away. According to Gina Mizell of MLB.com, of the 159 pitches Chapman has thrown in the major leagues thus far, 74 of them have reached at least 100 mph. All you can really say is “wow.”   

  1. Soonr48 - Sep 25, 2010 at 12:14 PM

    That, is some serious S#*%!!!! Would really love to catch something traveling that fast…must be awsome!

  2. Dustin84v - Sep 25, 2010 at 12:16 PM

    Aroldis uses a good speed pitch. But, an old saying in baseball goes like “the faster it comes in, the harder it goes out” prevails. He needs to vary speed and work corners of the plate. Major league hitters time fastballs very well.

  3. YANKEES1996 - Sep 25, 2010 at 12:22 PM

    Not only is his velocity up there but his location is incredible.

  4. Visnovsky - Sep 25, 2010 at 12:27 PM

    They haven’t so far. http://www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=10233&position=P
    I don’t believe that saying was meant for 100+ mph fastballs

  5. Old Gator - Sep 25, 2010 at 12:40 PM

    I hereby nickname him TGV (“Shinkansen” is probably what they’d call him if he pitched in Japan) – not that I want the concessionaires to start calling the french fries “Freedom Fries” because of it.

  6. Joe - Sep 25, 2010 at 1:41 PM

    Too bad it was a ball.

  7. mike3775 - Sep 25, 2010 at 2:42 PM

    He is great, but like the announcers(I assume SD announcers, MLB Network went to the game as bonus coverage) stated, if he were to develop a breaking ball and Curve ball, he will be hard to hit. And there was a scare for him last night, as a Padre batter did hit a 101 MPH pitch to straight away center, so he did get his timing down on Chapman.

  8. nmanx62 - Sep 25, 2010 at 2:55 PM

    What you and the game announcers didn’t see is that Chapman does have a wicked slider that he throws in the mid-90’s, and if he had mixed that in with the fastballs, then there would not have been that long fly to center.

  9. mikey - Sep 25, 2010 at 3:21 PM

    BS. I have an autographed baseball signed by Bob Feller (some of you may be old enough to remember him) that says: “107.9 m.p.h. Wash D.C. 46″ which is what he was officially clocked at.

  10. dprat - Sep 25, 2010 at 3:49 PM

    Was at this game. Padres had just taken a 4-3 lead on a two-run Tejada (Tejada en fuengo, who’d a thunk it?) single, and only then does Dusty bring in the lefty to face Gonzalez and get the last out of the inning. Overfondness for matchups. One batter too late, Dusty. Ludwick was the guy who hit the aforementioned 390 ft out to dead center as leadoff in the next inning against Chapman. But even the relatively laidback, not terribly baseball-savvy Friday night Padres crowd was audibly gasping/buzzing as each gun reading flashed on the scoreboard. Big time hometown win coupled with witnessing a little history. God I love this game.

  11. dprat - Sep 25, 2010 at 4:12 PM

    en fuengo? *sigh*

  12. mike3775 - Sep 25, 2010 at 8:54 PM

    I wish Chapman all the best, the kid has a long future in MLB if he were to incorporate all his pitches all the time. His fast ball is impressive, and I really hope Cinci keeps him when his contract is up, he will be great for that team for a long time

  13. mike3775 - Sep 25, 2010 at 8:59 PM

    well looking it up, Feller was second to Nolan Ryan’s 108.1
    http://www.efastball.com/baseball/stats/fastest-pitch-speed-in-major-leagues/
    The issue with this is that radar guns are famous for being slightly off(as was mentioned in this article)

  14. The Real Shuxion - Sep 27, 2010 at 1:15 PM

    What will his nickname be when his arm travels with the ball to home plate trying to whip off a 108 mph fastball?

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