When the Cubs claimed the World Series, most observers rightly commended the job that Joe Maddon did with the management of his roster. They rallied back from 3-1 down in the series against Cleveland to end the drought of 71 years without a championship.
Count closer Aroldis Chapman as one of the people that think there was room for improvement in Maddon’s game planning throughout their run.
During his introductory conference call as a New York Yankee: “Personally, I don't agree with the way he used me, but he is the manager and he has the strategy. My job is to be ready, to be ready to pitch, however that is, however many innings that is, I need to be ready for that.”
All of his comments there are true, but his comments have to be taken with a grain of salt. If Chapman does not win the World Series, then it is likely that he would not be in the same position he finds himself currently.
As a talented closer, he would have fielded offers from a number of franchises because of his abilities on the field. The 28-year-old has some baggage off the field that might have kept him from commanding as much as other closers.
His role on a championship team shows that he can be counted upon to contribute even when things aren’t tailored completely to his liking and that was important for his free agency. He should remember that before chiming in from a safe distance.