Photo Appears to Show Aroldis Chapman Bench Pressing 295 Pounds

Aroldis Chapman is one strong man. And he scoffs at the conventional wisdom that pitchers should not bench press.

New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman is one strong man. And after signing the largest contract for a relief pitcher in MLB history (5 years, $86 million), the world champion is not taking this off-season lightly.

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There is a reason why Chapman can consistently throw pitches over 100 mph. It's because he is a workout beast. Most experts think it's unsafe for pitchers to Bench Press, due to the stress that can be placed on their shoulders; but the 4-time All-Star disagrees.

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Recently "The Cuban Missile" posted on Instagram how much he could bench, and it's an incredible amount of weight. In the video, the 28-year-old pitcher appears to be putting up 295 pounds on the Bench Press. It should be noted that the spotter might be helping more than he should, but it's still an impressive lift for a pitcher.

 


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