Aroldis Chapman somersault gets low score from Dusty Baker
By JOE KAY AP Sports Writer June 27, 2012 11:00AM
Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman performs a somersault after defeating the Milwaukee Brewers 4-3 in a baseball game, Tuesday, June 26, 2012, in Cincinnati. Chapman recorded his ninth save. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)
CINCINNATI — Reds manager Dusty Baker made sure that closer Aroldis Chapman won’t be doing any more somersaults after finishing a game.
Chapman did a pair of forward rolls after striking out Martin Maldonado to complete a 4-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night. Chapman has been struggling lately, and celebrated with somersaults toward home plate.
Baker talked to Chapman about it and said on Wednesday that it will never happen again.
Baker understood that Chapman was happy about getting the save after giving up a game-losing homer his last time out. But he says Chapman needs to express his happiness in another way.
The Brewers were surprised by Chapman’s celebration. Baker played with Brewers manager Ron Roenicke for three years on the Dodgers, so no problems are expected.