Aroldis Chapman faults Joe Maddon for World Series ineffectiveness

Remember in World Series Game 7, when Aroldis Chapman went from the "Cuban Missile" to the "Cuban Missile Crisis?" Chapman does.In a conference call on Friday, Chapman opened up on a few offseason topics surrounding him, regarding his free agency journey and bringing a World Series to the North Side of Chicago. Most telling was Chapman's critique of Joe Maddon's use of him in the World Series. He pitched to the tune of a 3.52 ERA in the Fall Classic, which was 2 1/2 runs higher than his regular-season ERA with the Cubs (1.01).MORE: Most memorable World Series Game 7s in baseball history He pitched 2 2/3 innings in Game 5, then was sent back out for Game 6 for another 1 1/3 innings worth of work. What originally seemed like a guaranteed rest day, considering the Cubs were up 7-2 at the time Chapman entered.Chapman said the one game he'd point to is Game 6 of the World Series, as he was tired for Game 7.— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) December 16, 2016Chapman is simply just reaffirming what the baseball world was thinking and questioning following Game 6. But he still wasn't pleased with how he was called upon in the Series.Chapman said that he did not agree with how Joe Maddon and the Cubs used him in the postseason, but he feels healthy going into 2017.— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) December 16, 2016“I don’t agree the way he used me…but he is the manager and he has a strategy…I need to go in and do my job.”—Chapman on Joe Maddon in WS.— Sweeny Murti (@YankeesWFAN) December 16, 2016MORE: Unsung World Series heroesChapman pitched in Game 7 of the Series and gave up the game-tying home run to unlikely World Series hero Rajai Davis in the eighth inning. He was all but his normal, superhuman self and showed clear signs of fatigue.Maddon, known for his outside-of-the-box thinking and unorthodox managing style drew tons of criticism for his use of Chapman and the bullpen in the World Series. It is, after all, hard to argue with the result.While Chapman missed the first month of last season

due to his suspension stemming from domestic abuse allegations, fatigue caught up with him and his fastball in the late stages of October. It will be worth watching how the newly-paid Chapman rebounds in 2017 in his return to the Bronx.

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