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Cincinnati Reds Wiretap

Chapman's Hotel Room Robbed, Woman Found Bound

With the Reds in Pittsburgh to play the Pirates, a robber ransacked left-hander Aroldis Chapman's hotel room late Tuesday night and tied up a woman inside.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that two guests heard the woman's screams.

Police do not believe it was an actual hotel employee who robbed the room and the woman and terrorized her.

Chapman was not present, as his team was at PNC Park playing in a game delayed by rain.

Via Big League Stew


RealGM's MLB Team Rankings Through 5/25

The Opsera is a statistic RealGM Executive Editor Chris Reina created in order to objectively rank teams by how well they hit (OPS) and pitch (ERA).

In order to determine the Opsera rating for each, we take their OPS, multiply that number by 10 to move the decimal point over one place to the right and then subtract their ERA from that number.

Below are the rankings through the Thursday, May 24th games:

The rankings from last week are in parenthesizes.

1. (1) Texas Rangers - 4.80

Paul Konerko has edged Josh Hamilton in batting average, but the Texas center fielder still has a big lead in the other two Triple Crown categories (HRs and RBI).

2. (2) St. Louis Cardinals - 4.41

The Cardinals are 7-6 without Lance Berkman this season.

3. (3) Los Angeles Dodgers - 4.34

Matt Kemp has 12 home runs, but just two stolen bases. He will not reach his lofty goals, but still has the Dodgers in first place by more than six games.

4. (5) Washington Nationals - 4.15

The Nationals have the lowest ERA in the Majors (2.90) by a third of a run.

5. (4) Baltimore Orioles - 3.93

Buck Showalter has a potent offense. The Orioles have an OPS (.751) higher than the Rays, Rockies, Blue Jays, Tigers and Angels.

6. (6) Tampa Bay Rays - 3.86

7. (7) New York Yankees - 3.74

8. (12) Cincinnati Reds - 3.65

9. (9) San Francisco Giants - 3.55

10. (10) Philadelphia Phillies - 3.47

11. (8) Toronto Blue Jays - 3.43

12. (14) Houston Astros - 3.38

13. (17) Chicago White Sox - 3.34

14. (11) Atlanta Braves - 3.31

15. (16) Cleveland Indians - 3.30

16. (15) Boston Red Sox - 3.28

17. (18) Los Angeles Angels - 3.28

18. (13) Miami Marlins - 3.22

19. (23) Detroit Tigers - 3.07

20. (T21) Arizona Diamondbacks - 2.98

21. (19) San Diego Padres - 2.86

22. (26) Kansas City Royals - 2.84

23. (20) Pittsburgh Pirates - 2.79

24. (29) Seattle Mariners - 2.70

25. (T21) Oakland Athletics - 2.67

26. (27) Milwaukee Brewers - 2.67

27. (25) Chicago Cubs - 2.53

28. (24) New York Mets - 2.47

29. (28) Colorado Rockies - 2.24

30. (30) Minnesota Twins - 1.52

Via Andrew Perna/RealGM


Aroldis Chapman Sued For $18M

Aroldis Chapman is being sued for $18 million by a Cuban-American man imprisoned on the communist island.

The lawsuit was filed recently in Miami federal court against the left-handed pitcher for the Reds, who was arrested for speeding earlier this week.

It claims that Chapman falsely accused Danilo Curbelo Garcia of involvement in human trafficking, leading to his 2008 arrest and conviction in Cuba.

Curbelo Garcia is serving a 10-year sentence.

Via Associated Press


Fan Catches Back-To-Back Home Run Balls

A fan in Cincinnati caught two home runs balls in the same game, doing so on back-to-back at-bats in a matter of minutes.

Caleb Lloyd was in left field when Reds pitcher Mike Leake hit his first career homer in the fourth inning. The ball went directly to Lloyd.

"It hit my hand," he said. "I didn't expect to actually catch it. I never actually caught a home run ball. It hurt really bad."

Three pitches later, Zack Cozart hit another one to the same area. The ball bounced right to Lloyd, who had one free hand.

"The second one bounced behind me and bounced right into my lap," he said. "I was like, 'Oh my gosh, that's just crazy!' I couldn't believe my eyes. Right now, I still can't believe it's happening."

Via Associated Press


Chapman Arrested For Driving Almost As Fast As He Pitches

Aroldis Chapman was arrested for speeding and driving with a suspended license early Monday.

Cincinnati general manager Walt Jocketty and manager Dusty Baker met with the left-hander following their win over Atlanta on Monday night to get details of the arrest.

The 24-year-old was stopped after radar clocked him going 93 mph on northbound Interstate 71 shortly before 1 a.m.

"I don't know what happened," Baker said. "He got a speeding ticket. It can happen to anybody. His people are taking care of it, and we're helping."

Via Associated Press


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