Aroldis Chapman’s time with the Yankees may not last even one full season, but the flame-throwing southpaw now holds a record that may be as untouchable as any mark ever set by anyone to wear pinstripes.
Closing out Monday night’s 2-1 win against the Orioles at Yankee Stadium, Chapman tied his own major league record (2010) for the fastest recorded pitch in baseball history, clocking in at 105.1 mph.
“I took a peak at the board and noticed 105,” Chapman said through a translator. “I felt fine. I felt normal.”
Maybe it was normal to him, but to everyone else, the southpaw continues to amaze with a velocity that hasn’t been seen in the century-plus history of the sport.
“I duck down one step in the dugout when he is throwing,” manager Joe Girardi said. “His arm is so quick. I don’t know if I have seen an arm that quick. It’s pretty impressive."