Aroldis Chapman is a professional Baseball player who has made a name for himself in the Major League Baseball (MLB) where he plays for the New York Yankees as a relief pitcher. The Cuban-American has risen steadily to become the most expensive relief pitcher in the league since making his debut in 2010 and playing for a number of teams. Here is all to know about him.
Aroldis Chapman Biography
Albertín Aroldis Chapman de la Cruz was born on February 28, 1988, in Holguín Province, Cuba. It was here that he was brought up alongside two sisters. While growing up, Chapman whose grandparents were Jamaican migrants to Cuba lived in a small house with his father who was a boxing trainer, and his mother who was a housewife.
What has come to make him very popular is the game of baseball which he began playing in his home country of Cuba. This began with a local baseball club when he was a teenager. At the time, it was as a first baseman that he played, but this would later change when his coach noticed that he would make a better pitcher and thus converted him to pitch.
By the time he was 16, Chapman had already got a place in the Holguín Sabuesos which played in the Cuban National Series League. Before long, he was able to get to play for the Cuban national baseball team, joining the team at the Pan American Games which it won in 2007 as well as the Baseball World Cup in the same year, ending with silver.
Without letting his family or anyone know, Aroldis Chapman defected from Cuba in 2009, and the next year he found himself in the Cincinnati Reds after he signed a contract that would keep him in the club for at least 6 years.
From 2012 until 2015 when he left the club, he remained one of the most important pitchers in the league, making 4 straight All-star teams.
The pitcher left the Reds in 2015 for the New York Yankees in a trade that saw him changing teams with Caleb Cotham, Rookie Davis, Eric Jagielo, and Tony Renda. In 2016, he signed a year deal with the team worth over $11 million. However, he was forced to miss 30 games following a case of domestic abuse against him.
Gleyber Torres, Billy McKinney, Adam Warren, and Rashad Crawford would again be sent to the Yankees in another trade for Chapman by the Chicago Cubs. This wouldn’t last long as the New York Yankees would again come back by the end of 2016 to sign him back in a five-year deal worth $86 million after he had helped the Cubs to win the 2016 World Series.
Girlfriend and Wife
Just as most of the life of the pitcher is interesting no matter how you choose to look at it, his relationship life is not any different. He has been in a number of relationships in the past.
By the time he defected from Cuba for good, Chapman had a girlfriend named Raidelmis Mendosa Santiestelas. Interestingly enough, he left just three days after Santiestelas gave birth to the couple’s daughter, Ashanti Brianna whom he never got to see before he defected. Although both mother and baby would later join him in the United States, the relationship later broke apart.
After his relationship with Raidelmis Mendosa Santiestelas ended, the next woman Ardolis dated was Cristina Barnea. The relationship between the two became known in 2014 and it was publicly known as Tina, (as Cristina Barnea is also known) was open about it on social media.
Nonetheless, by 2015, the relationship seemed to have hit the rocks, and police were invited to the home of the MLB standout because there was a domestic abuse case against him. According to the reports, Tina Barnea found something on the phone of Chapman which she didn’t like and she decided to confront him. In retaliation, she said he pressed her against the wall before she escaped into the bushes and called the police. The MLB star also made 8 shots; 7 into his garage wall and one through the window.
The two would soon patch things together and remain even much closer. While there is no evidence that the two are married, Tina with whom the baseballer shares a daughter – Angelina Chapman, describes herself on social media as a wife and mother.
Chapman also has another son, Atticus Gabriel Chapman who was born to him on June 30, 2014, by an unknown woman.
For a man who has played a significant role in the MLB for a very long time since making his debut, it is only right to expect that he has a good net worth. What is more, is that considering his recent contract extension with the Yankees valued at $86 million for 5 years, Chapman may as well be described as the Cash man. With that said, he has a net worth that is estimated at over $12 Million. There are other sources that place him to be as rich as almost $30 million.
Height and Weight
While he may not be the tallest man out there, Aroldis has a very good height and body weight helping him to be the good player that he is. In numbers, he stands at a height of 6 foot 4 inches and a bodyweight that measures 212lb.