Former Yankee Aroldis Chapman has meltdown and gets ejected in 2024 return to NY

Welcome back, Chappy!
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The New York Mets knew a thing or two about knocking around Aroldis Chapman during his tenure with the Yankees. For his career, the left-hander has a 6.23 ERA and 1.62 WHIP in 26 games, featuring many inexplicable heartbreakers, like Amed Rosario's walk-off two-run homer during the pandemic year. At Yankee Stadium. What?

Chappy made his return to the Big Apple on Monday night when the Pirates were visiting Citi Field for a three-game set with the Mets.

In a 3-3 game, the Pirates called on Chapman in the bottom of the eighth inning to preserve the tie. But would he have accepted that deployment as a Yankee? Probably not. Just anywhere else it was fine. In the Bronx, he stomped his feet and abandoned the team.

Well, he was sure stomping his feet after what had happened here. Chapman got hosed by home plate umpire Edwin Moscoso, who called a clear strike a ball, which would've resulted in the first out of the inning.

But that didn't matter! Chapman got the strikeout anyway. Then he struck out Jeff McNeil, but the third strike was a wild pitch, so McNeil reached safely. Then came the patented Chapman lack of control. He walked No. 8 hitter DJ Stewart. A double steal put the runners on second and third.

And former Yankee Harrison Bader delivered the final blow -- a two-run double to give the Mets a 5-3 lead. They would eventually win 6-3.

Former Yankee Aroldis Chapman has meltdown and gets ejected in 2024 return to NY

What a hilarious line for Chapman: 0.1 innings pitched, 3 ER, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K, and the loss. And the ejection! A weak one, at that. Chapman went to have a word with Moscoco after Bader's double and the home plate ump quickly tossed the Pirates closer.

In came another former Yankee to finish the job: Roansy Contreras! For those of you unfamiliar, he was in the Jameson Taillon trade a few years ago and has failed to catch on in Pittsburgh after being relegated to bullpen duty.

Before his last two games, Chapman actually had a great start to the year, but he's now surrendered four runs on two hits and three walks in just 0.2 innings of work against the Phillies and Mets.

Perhaps not being the closer is finally getting to him. Whatever the case, it's no longer the Yankees' problem ... nor are Chapman's 9.5 BB/9. Good riddance.

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