Aroldis Chapman was clearly just trying to drive faster than he can pitch.

The Cincinnati Reds’ newly-appointed closer was arrested in the wee hours of Monday morning near Columbus for driving 93mph … with a suspended license.

Chapman, 24, was released after posting bond, and has a court date scheduled for June 6.

The incident is strange not only for the suspended license and the ridiculous speed (seriously, dude, that’s incredibly dangerous and not cool), but also because of where it happened. Despite what those not in flyover country might think, Cincinnati and Columbus aren’t particularly close (unless you’re going 93mph, I suppose). The two cities are about 110 miles apart, and separated by about two hours drive time under normal circumstances. The Reds had just beaten the Yankees on Sunday in a game that wrapped up just shy of 4pm in New York. Eight hours later, Chapman was in Columbus – not Cincinnati – driving around after midnight? The Reds played Monday evening in Cincy, but Chapman was going to have the night off no matter what, after having pitched multiple days before. Maybe he had a great excuse for being so far from home since he wasn’t going to pitch that day anyway, but it strikes me as odd. And, if he didn’t have a great excuse, I’d be a tad annoyed if I were the Reds.

Chapman’s manager Dusty Baker made sure to downplay the whole thing.

“I don’t know what happened exactly, we talked to him,” Baker said. “He got a speeding ticket. That can happen to anybody. His people are taking care of it, and we’re helping him.”

  • hardtop

    maybe he wanted to get to columbus to meet the legendary brett taylor.

    • Ron Swanson

      Plausible explanation for sure.

    • Brett

      I take visits by invitation only…

      • TWC

        Or what?  Are you gonna release the hounds? Or the bees?  Or the hounds with bees in their mouths so everytime they bark at you they shoot bees at you?  Go ahead, do your worst.

        • FromFenwayPahk


        • David

          No, sharks with frickin’ laser beams attached to their heads

        • Caleb

          Lolz- great quote!

    • hansman1982

      then clearly he was going too slow. When one gets the opportunity to meet the Legendary Legend, one must drive at least 94.

      • Katie

        Maybe he was hoping for short and informative.

      • Brett

        I take it as a special compliment from the two of you, since you’ve both actually met, and tolerated, me.

    • jw

      Why would anyone in their right mind want to hang out in a Cowtown like cowlumbus, ahia? He just happened to be driving through, what most people are doing when they see Cowtown.

  • TrueblueCubbie

    Kids these days and their fast driving. I can’t say to much as I occasionally did stupid stuff like that when I had my Firebird, and I wasn’t a family man.

  • hardtop

    I don’t find it surprising at all that someone was driving as fast as they could AWAY from Cincinnati.

    • jw

      You’re an idiot, he was heading South on 71, towards Cincy. Cincinnati is by far the greatest city in Ohio. He was trying to get away from all the knuckle-draggin, slack jawed, toothless hillbilly’s in Cowlumbus.

      • HuskerCub

        I like that you limit your declaration of greatest city to Ohio, but “greatest by far?” Having been to both Columbus and Cincy, I am not sure there is that much of a difference. On the other hand, I can say with great confidence that Omaha is by far the greatest city in the Omaha-Council Bluffs Metropolitan Statisical Area.

      • Brett

        I take offense to that characterization, and I’d go into depth further if my knuckles didn’t hurt so much.

  • TWC

    Man, you’d think the Grove City PD would be able to put the light source in front of a suspect’s mugshot, rather than behind the guy.

  • Katie

    I think it was a booty call.

    • CubFan Paul

      Definitely a booty call because he was sober. There’s no other reason like drugs or whatever so definitely the late night poon tang

      • hardtop

        nice! way to work in poontang (are we sure its two words not one?)


        • Katie

          I’d go with poontang. I would have also accepted pootie tang (pootietang?).

  • Idaho Razorback

    I once got pulled over on I-15 in Salt Lake City going 85 mph in a 55 mph construction zone. The cop let me go go because he said I probably didn’t want to drive 750 miles to face a judge and pay a $200.00 fine. Cool cop. Always scared to travel through Utah, afraid I’m gonna accidentally get married. Chasin’ Cougers forever.

  • college_of_coaches

    From Tracy to Aroldis: “You got a fast car, and I want a ticket to go anywhere. Maybe we make a deal, maybe together we can get somewhere. Anyplace is better [than Cincinnati]; Starting from zero got nothing to lose. Maybe we’ll make something. But me myself, I got nothing to prove.”

    • Brett


  • Curt

    manager dusty baker explains we determined his punishment should be he now has to pitch everyday , it worked for me in Chicago.

  • rcleven

    “The two cities are about 110 miles apart, and separated by about two hours drive time under normal circumstances.”

    Must be the guy with Volvo I keep getting behind.
    If this was a Chicago 93 is normal cruse speed during morning rush.

    • Brett

      Yeah, we keep things closer to 70 ’round these parts.

    • Joe

      I would kill for the ability to go 90 during the rush hour. Dang. Now I’m thinking of all the people I’d murder in order to get to work faster. WTF is wrong with me… 😉

  • Wilbur

    “I don’t know what happened exactly, we talked to him,” Baker said.

    If you talked to him, why don’t you know what happened? Dusty you don’t have to tell the world what happened, but if you asked didn’t he answer? Just a silly statement …

    • Joe

      Yeah, I don’t think that even counts as a non-statement or a neutral one. That’s an admission of almost willful ignorance. Not that we’re surprised to get that from Dusty…

  • Cubs Dude

    Something definitely seems shady about Chapman.. Aren’t there reports too how he owes tons of money too the people who helped develop and get him signed by the Reds? I get named closer, so I am going to try and drive as fast as i pitch. Genius..

  • SouthernCub

    I wouldn’t worry bout the speed of his fastball cause Dusty will sure ruin him, perhaps that will also slow his driving down as well……..