Aroldis Chapman Trademarks
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September 26, 2023
Aroldis Chapman is a professional baseball player in Major League Baseball. He is currently a relief pitcher for the New York Yankees.
Albertín Aroldis Chapman de la Cruz was born in Holguín Province, Cuba on February 28, 1988. At the age of 15, he first began to play baseball. Chapman began his career as a first baseman but was later moved to pitcher in 2003. He played for the Cuban National Series League in 2006 and represented Cuba on the National Team at the 2007 Pan American Games as well as at the 2009 World Baseball Classic two years later.
Chapman attempted to defect from Cuba in 2008 but failed. He would meet with the then Cuban president, who granted him a reprieve but suspended him from the rest of the season and the 2008 Summer Olympics. In 2009, he was able to successfully defect while playing with the Cuban national team in the Netherlands. Major League Baseball granted him free agent status after he established a residency for himself in Andorra.
In 2010, Chapman signed a lucrative, long-term deal with the Cincinnati Reds. He would first play for the Triple-A Louisville Bats in 2011. He made 13 starts for them with an ERA of 4.11 but improved to an ERA of 2.40 when they played him at relief pitcher. He would make his major league debut in August of that year.
During the 2011 Major League season, Chapman recorded an ERA of 3.60 playing relief pitcher in 54 games. He also recorded 71 strikeouts in 50 innings.
Chapman began the 2012 season injured, but in May he became the main closer. He was named Delivery Man of the Month twice that season, as well as named to his first All-Star Game. For the season, he had an ERA of 1.51, 122 strikeouts, and 23 walks in 71+2⁄3 innings.
The following season, Chapman was appointed as the closing pitcher and recorded an ERA of 2.54 with 112 strikeouts. He was named to the All-Star Game for a second consecutive season.
Before the start of the 2014 season, Chapman was hit by an errant ball and had to undergo surgery for a fractured skull. He would not leave the disabled list until mid-May. He made 54 appearances with an ERA of 2.00 and 106 strikeouts.
Chapman played for the Reds in 2015, under a one-year deal. He recorded another All-Star season and had a 1.63 ERA. In July, the Reds traded him to the New York Yankees. He was suspended for 30 games but played well for the Yankees once he became available. In 2016, the Yankees traded him to the Chicago Cubs.
He won his first World Series in 2016 while playing with the Chicago Cubs and recorded an ERA of 1.01 and 46 strikeouts. The Chicago Cubs traded him back to the New York Yankees at the end of the season. Chapman landed on the disabled list again, this time due to a rotator cuff inflammation. Once recovered, he played well making 52 appearances for the Yankees and recording an ERA of 3.22 with 69 strikeouts.
In 2018, Chapman appeared in 55 games with an ERA of 2.45 and 93 strikeouts. He was again invited to play in the All-Star Game. In 2019, he recorded 37 saves and a 2.21 ERA in 60 appearances with 85 strikeouts. In 2020, Chapman missed games because he contracted the COVID-19 virus. When he returned to play, for the regular season, he recorded a 3.09 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 11+2⁄3 innings.
Chapman recorded his 300th career save in 2021 while playing for the New York Yankees, and later in the season, he recorded his 1,000th strikeout. For the season he had an ERA of 3.36 and 97 strikeouts.
He is known for how fast he can throw and holds several records for speed including the fastest pitch ever recorded in Major League Baseball. Chapman’s nicknames include the “Cuban Missile” and the “Cuban Flame Thrower.”
In 2017, Aroldis Chapman obtained a federal trademark registration with the USPTO for “CUBAN MISSILE” to be used with baseball caps, hats, and t-shirts.
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