Dusty Baker on Aroldis Chapman: “I’ll go on record and say I wouldn’t mind having him on my team”

hi-res-37fb5b9057d70d7a817669378b042bec_crop_northCincinnati Reds pitcher Aroldis Chapman found himself in the news for the wrong reason in October, when he was involved in a domestic violence incident. While that situation has calmed down a little, the heat got turned up once again at the MLB Winter meetings. Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker knows a little about Chapman as he coached him when he was the manager of the Reds. During the Winter meetings, Baker was asked about his former player and he said he wouldn’t mind having him on his team.

 

“I don’t believe reports,” Baker said Tuesday from baseball’s winter meetings in Nashville, Tennessee. “Who knows why? I’m not one to judge on how the whole thing happened. … I mean, who’s to say the allegations are true. And who’s to say what you would have done or what caused the problem.”

“Oh, he’s a heck of a guy,” Baker said Tuesday from baseball’s winter meetings in Nashville, Tennessee. “I mean, a heck of a guy. I’ll go on record and say I wouldn’t mind having Chapman. He is a tremendous young man with a great family, mom and dad, and what he went through to get here and what his family had to go through to get here — I was with him through the whole process.”

 

I understand where Baker is coming from, but why allow yourself to get caught up in all of this. Now Baker will have to talk about this situation so more now.

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