Aroldis Chapman’s somersault leaves Reds unamused (video)

June 27, 2012

(Al Behrma / AP)

The Cincinnati Reds reliever did two forward rolls after earning his ninth save in a 4-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.

“I talked to Bronson [Arroyo] on the way in [to the locker room] and he said, ‘You didn't see that?’ ” Baker said. “I turned to the guys and said, ‘Way to go.’ The next thing I looked on the board and saw [Chapman] rolling around.

“That's something Bryan [Price, Cincinnati's pitching coach] has addressed. I know [Chapman] was happy, especially after the bad week he had last week [giving up a run in five of seven appearances], but that's something — we don't play like that.”


(Joe Robbins / Getty Images)

Chapman, who is in his third season with the Reds, declined to talk about his gymnastics display, saying through a Reds official that he was not “mentally ready” to take questions. Last month, he was arrested for driving 93 miles per hour on a suspended license.

However, teammates Joey Votto and Jay Bruce spoke with him after the game, according to Fox Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi and Baker said that pitching coach Bryan Price had talked with him as well.

While displays of personality in baseball are refreshing, the double somersault was odd. As Reds broadcaster Thom Brennaman put it: “Where in the world did that come from?”

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