The Fastest Man on Earth

Aroldis Chapman, LHP Cincinnati Reds

Say “Hello” to Aroldis Chapman of the Cincinnati Reds, now officially a part of baseball history after throwing the fastest pitch ever recorded in a major league game (105 mph) on Friday, 9/24/10 in a game vs. the San Diego Padres.

Chapman is a 22 year-old LHP who in this 1 1/3 inning outing threw 25 pitches, and ALL of them were over 100 mph. Tony Gwynn was the batter when the 105 mph heater went by, and said

“I didn’t see it until the ball was behind me. I was trying not to look at the radar reading because I’d be intimidated… When a guy is throwing that hard, you feel sort of helpless.”

Before this past Friday, the fastest pitch recorded in MLB history (following the advent of radar guns in the 1980’s) was 104.8 mph thrown by Joel Zumaya of the Detroit Tigers during the Playoffs on 10/10/06. Chapman previously threw 104 mph in his 2nd major league appearance this past August, and 105 mph earlier this season while with Triple-A Louisville.

Aroldis Chapman played for Team Cuba during the 2009 World Baseball Classic and then defected during a tournament in the Netherlands later that year. He signed with the Reds for 6 years starting in 2010.

Having just started his career, Chapman has already made baseball history.  Here’s hoping this flamethrower stays in the game for many years to come.

Fastest Recorded MLB Pitches
Name Team Year MPH
Aroldis Chapman Reds 2010 105
Joel Zumaya Tigers 2006 104.8
Aroldis Chapman Reds 2010 104
Mark Wohlers Braves 1995 103
Armando Benitez Mets 2002 102
Jonathan Broxton Dodgers 2009 102
Neftali Feliz Rangers 2010 102
Bobby Jenks White Sox 2005 102
Randy Johnson Diamondbacks 2004 102
Matt Lindstrom Marlins 2007 102
Robb Nen Marlins 1997 102
Justin Verlander Tigers 2007 102

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