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CINCINNATI (AP) - Sometimes, left-hander Aroldis Chapman can’t help but peek.
A murmur will go through the crowd when one of his express fastballs hits the catcher’s mitt and the estimated speed is shown on the ballpark’s scoreboard. Chapman says he’ll occasionally glance back to see which big number is showing.
The Cuban defector introduced the major leagues to his 102 mph fastball on Tuesday night, hitting that big number twice while pitching a perfect inning in relief for the Cincinnati Reds.
Hitters don’t get as caught up in the radar numbers as much as fans, but they know Chapman has something special. Hall of Famer Joe Morgan says a pitch coming that fast is intimidating to anyone.
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