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Reds firmly address Chapman's theatrics

Reds firmly address Chapman's theatrics

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Reds firmly address Chapman's theatrics
CINCINNATI -- Reds closer Aroldis Chapman's two somersaults in front of the mound following Tuesday night's 4-3 win over the Brewers continued to roll, and roll, on Wednesday as television and Internet outlets played the video repeatedly.

The Reds made their displeasure with Chapman's stunt immediately known and spoke with the left-hander about it. Brewers manager Ron Roenicke acknowledged that a member of the Reds' coaching staff phoned to let him know it was not tolerated. Manager Dusty Baker declined to discuss any conversation between the two sides.

"I think that's between us and the Brewers," Baker said. "You know, Ron Roenicke was my teammate. He knows me. He knows me very well. He knows how I am, and he knows how I do things. At the time, he was a young player and I was one of the leaders on that team. He knows me."

Roenicke did not comment but appeared to shrug off the incident. After all, his team has been criticized in the recent past for its various on-field celebrations that have angered the opposition.

Chapman, who was coming off two straight blown saves and an 0-4 record over his previous seven appearances, was clearly elated by striking out the side to close out the win. Within minutes afterward, he was spoken to by pitching coach Bryan Price, Baker and teammate Jay Bruce. By then, Chapman had gone from celebration to dejection. He declined to speak to reporters and through his interpreter said he was not mentally prepared for it.

On Wednesday, Chapman, Baker and general manager Walt Jocketty met. The club did not make Chapman available for comment, saying that Baker's comments would stand for now.

Earlier in the morning, one media member tried to make light of the situation and found an unpleasant audience in Baker.

"That ain't funny. Ain't no joke to me," Baker said. "It's been addressed already, and it's over. It won't happen again ... ever. I know he was happy and things have been going poorly for him, but you've got to demonstrate it in a different way."

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