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MLB announced that Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Aroldis Chapman has been suspended for two games and fined for his actions during a game against the New York Mets at Citi Field. Chapman was ejected after a heated argument with home plate umpire Edwin Moscoso in the bottom of the eighth inning. This suspension is set to begin on Friday unless Chapman decides to appeal the decision. Chapman, who is known for his powerful fastball, is in his first season with the Pirates after signing a one-year contract in free agency.

During the game against the Mets, Chapman was unhappy with the way Moscoso was calling balls and strikes. After giving up a game-winning hit to Mets outfielder Harrison Bader, Chapman said something to Moscoso, leading to his ejection from the game. The two engaged in a heated exchange before Chapman eventually retreated to the dugout. It is unclear whether Chapman plans to appeal the suspension. The veteran pitcher has played for several teams over the past few seasons, including the Texas Rangers and the Kansas City Royals. Last season, he won his second World Series ring with the Rangers.

Chapman, who is known for his ability to throw triple-digit fastballs, has struggled this season with a 4.76 ERA in nine appearances for the Pirates. Despite his performance on the field, Chapman’s actions on Monday night led to the suspension and fine imposed by MLB. The incident occurred during the game at Citi Field, where the Mets defeated the Pirates with a game-winning hit. Chapman’s behavior towards the umpire ultimately resulted in the suspension, which will take effect unless he decides to appeal the decision.

The Pittsburgh Pirates are set to host the Boston Red Sox at PNC Park on Friday, the same day Chapman’s suspension is scheduled to begin. If he appeals the decision, the suspension will be put on hold until the appeal process is completed. Chapman’s altercation with the umpire highlights the tensions that can arise during high-stakes games in professional baseball. Despite his experience in the league, Chapman’s actions during Monday night’s game led to consequences that will impact his availability to play for the Pirates in the upcoming games.

Fans and analysts have been following Chapman’s performance this season, hoping to see him excel on the field. However, his suspension is a setback for both the pitcher and the Pittsburgh Pirates as they navigate the challenges of the season. The incident serves as a reminder of the importance of sportsmanship and respect towards officials in professional sports. Chapman’s future with the team and in the league will depend on how he responds to the suspension and his ability to move past the altercation with the umpire. As he prepares to serve his suspension, Chapman will have time to reflect on his actions and work towards a positive return to the field in the future.

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