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Albertín Aroldis Chapman de la Cruz (Spanish: [aˈɾoldis ˈtʃapman]; born February 28, 1988[1]) is a Cuban-born American professional baseball relief pitcher for the Kansas City Royals of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has previously played in MLB for the Cincinnati Reds, New York Yankees, and Chicago Cubs, and in the Cuban National Series for Holguín. Chapman bats and throws left-handed, and is nicknamed the "Cuban Missile" or the "Cuban Flame Thrower".

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Aroldis Chapman
Chapman with the New York Yankees in 2016
Kansas City Royals – No. 54
Relief pitcher
Born: (1988-02-28) February 28, 1988 (age 35)
Holguín Province, Cuba
Bats: Left
Throws: Left
MLB debut
August 31, 2010, for the Cincinnati Reds
MLB statistics
(through 2022 season)
Win–loss record44–35
Earned run average2.48
Career highlights and awards
MLB records
  • Fastest pitch in MLB history – 105.1 miles per hour (169.1 km/h)

Chapman pitched for Holguín domestically and internationally for the Cuban national baseball team. He defected from Cuba in 2009 and signed a contract with the Reds in 2010. Chapman made his MLB debut that season. He won the MLB Delivery Man of the Month Award as the best relief pitcher for July 2012, was named to four straight National League All-Star teams from 2012 to 2015. The Reds traded Chapman to the Yankees after the 2015 season, and the Yankees traded Chapman to the Cubs during the 2016 season. With the Cubs, Chapman won Game 7 of the 2016 World Series. He signed with the Yankees after the 2016 season.

On July 11, 2014, Chapman broke the record, previously held by Bruce Sutter, for the most consecutive relief appearances with a strikeout, having struck out at least one batter in 40 consecutive appearances. Chapman's streak began on August 21, 2013,[2] and lasted 49 consecutive games over two seasons, with the 49th and final game being on August 13, 2014. Chapman currently has the record for the fastest recorded pitch speed in MLB history, at 105.1 miles per hour (169.1 km/h),[3] as well as the Guinness World Record for fastest baseball pitch.[4]