CHICAGO — When the Chicago Cubs acquired controversial, flame-throwing reliever Aroldis Chapman from the New York Yankees on Monday, there were sure to be repercussions beyond any baseball-related debate.
After issuing a written statement to the media through the Cubs upon being traded, Chapman was introduced to the local media Tuesday in a 20-minute news conference in the visiting dugout at U.S. Cellular Field.
Speaking to about 30 reporters and six television cameras through the Cubs’ designated Spanish translator, coach Henry Blanco, Chapman seemed to skirt around several questions about the domestic-abuse incident that led to the 30-day suspension he served at the beginning of this season.
When asked what the Cubs asked him in regard to the off-the-field incident, Blanco translated for Chapman: “They told him what they expected for him, welcomed him to the club and he’s going to be a part of the team. Hopefully, a guy that helps us to the World Series.”