102.7

102 Aroldis Chapman
102.7 mph. Unreal. I would love to stand in the box to see one of those whizzing past me. You? Not that I could get the stick on it, I just want to feel it go by. Maybe Kings Island can open a new ride next year – “Aroldinsanity”. Or, the “Cuban Bake-Off”, or the “GABP Missile Launcher” or “You’ll Have 100mph and Like It!” or “Gapper’s Last Dance”. What? Sorry…

From the fine fella at Better off Red:

From our friend Trent McCotter, SABR Records Committee Vice Chairman

Using the data from pitchf/x (which is accurate to a fraction of a mph), here are the fastest pitches in MLB since the beginning of 2008:

102.7 mph: Aroldis Chapman, CIN v. MIL, 8/31/2010, facing Craig Counsell
102.7 mph: Joel Zumaya, DET v. CHN, 6/23/2010, facing Milton Bradley
102.7 mph: Joel Zumaya, DET v. OAK, 6/30/2009, facing Matt Holliday
102.6 mph: Joel Zumaya, DET v. CHN, 6/24/2009, facing Mike Fontenot
102.6 mph: Joel Zumaya, DET v. OAK, 6/30/2009, facing Matt Holliday
102.6 mph: Jonathan Broxton, LAD v. SD, 7/3/2009, facing Kevin Kouzmanoff
102.5 mph: Bobby Parnell, NYM v. HOU, 8/18/2010, facing Chris Johnson
102.5 mph: Aroldis Chapman, CIN v. MIL, 8/31/2010, facing Jonathan Lucroy

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