NEW YORK: Aroldis Chapman arrived back in New York on Friday (Saturday in Manila) saying he wasn’t happy with the way Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon used him in the Cubs’ epic drought-busting World Series triumph.
The Cubs overcame a two-run, game-tying eighth-inning home run allowed by Chapman in game seven of the championship showcase against the Cleveland Indians.
A day earlier the hard-throwing left-hander had been sent out in the ninth inning of game six with the Cubs holding a seven-run lead.
“Personally, I don’t agree with the way he used me, but he is the manager and he has the strategy,” Chapman said during a conference call to officially announce his new five-year, $86 million deal with the Yankees.
“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. I need to go in and do my job.”
But Chapman said he was “tired” from the way Maddon used him. He threw 2 2/3 innings for the final outs in game five to keep the Cubs in the hunt for their first World Series title since 1908.
“There were couple of games, but the one I can point to is game six,” Chapman said. “The game was (one-sided) and I don’t think he needed to (leave) me in the ninth. The next day I came in tired.”
Chapman said he never spoke to Maddon about his concerns.
“They send me out there to pitch, I’m going to go out there and pitch,” he said.
The 28-year-old hurler went 4-1 with a 1.55 ERA and 36 saves in 59 games last season for the Yankees and Cubs. He struck out 90 in 58 innings. In 13 postseason games, Chapman went 2-0 with four saves and a 3.45 ERA.
Chapman, who returns as a free agent to the Yankees, who had traded him to the Cubs in July. He served a 30-game suspension at the start of last season stemming from a domestic-violence investigation. He never faced criminal charges.