One year ago today the Cincinnati Reds jumped out and made an impact move, signing Aroldis Chapman.
Since then, his debut came and went with many of the doubters being silenced right from the onset. You heard it all before that–that Chapman lacked a third pitch. That he didn’t have enough control to be effective. That the Reds reached and overpaid for what amounted to a huge gamble.
102 MPH ended up out-weighing most of the primary concerns.
This was a day that should definitely be marked in Reds history and without a doubt will have a lasting impact on the franchise for the next several years and hopefully beyond.