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Chapman hits 105 -- for real

Posted on: September 25, 2010 12:40 pm
Aroldis Chapman
This is not a matter of a "hot" radar gun, or an overzealous scouting report, or an urban legend. Reds reliever Aroldis Chapman hit 105.1 mph Friday night, the fastest major-league pitch ever legitimately recorded.

Baseball doesn't keep pitch speed as an official statistic, but it does employ a consistent, high-tech system in ballparks that uses trangulation to capture pitch velocity and movement. You can see the Pitch F/X report for Chapman's outing here.

The young Cuban threw 25 pitches, all but two of them over 100 mph (you have to occasionally mix in that 99.6-mph changeup just to keep hitters off balance, right?). He entered the game against the Padres with two out in the seventh inning to face Adrian Gonzalez, who swung and missed at three pitches: 101, 102 and 103.

The 105-mph pitch (shown in this photo) was a ball, thrown with a 1-2 count on Tony Gwynn, who would strike out. He pitched a scoreless 1 1/3 innings, and in his first 11 career appearances has a 1.86 ERA and has struck out batters at a rate of 12.1 per nine innings.

-- David Andriesen

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Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: September 27, 2010 10:05 am

Chapman hits 105 -- for real

Hope he doesn't blow his arm out like many others on this list:

Since: Apr 30, 2008
Posted on: September 26, 2010 9:48 pm

Chapman hits 105 -- for real

Dang don't you guy's have a sense of humor? lighten up, laugh a little.

Since: Apr 30, 2008
Posted on: September 26, 2010 9:36 pm

Chapman hits 105 -- for real

WELL AROLDIS Chapman went and done it now. three pitches to Gonzalez who swung and missed at 101, 102, 103. Then he went and did the unthinkable he was clocked at a Major league park, in a Major League game at 105.1 mph. The nerve of this guy, how dare him throw a pitch 105.1. This was the center of a big debate earlier this season before the Reds brought Chapman up from AAA ball. Remember all you people who said BS, there is noway this guy threw a 105 mph pitch, this is just propaganda to sell more tickets at a AAA ball park. You couldn't wrap your small minds around the fact that someone, in this case Chapman could hurl a 105 mph pitch. MAYBE 102 or 103 but 105 poppycock. Well you can put that debacle behind you now, and rest your little minds,because he WAS clocked at not only 105 but,105.1. AT a major league park. With all their hi tech pitch speed capturing equipment, at a park that surpassed over 2 million in attendance, so they really didn't have to make this up just to sell tickets . I think over 2 million is quite enough. Yep, this kid done went and did  it now. This will cause numerous arguments and heated debates for years to come. Dam Chapman.


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