Chapman kept defection plans from kin

Updated: November 13, 2009, 11:22 AM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Aroldis Chapman simply left his room at the Domina Hotel in Rotterdam in July and went down to the lobby. The Cuban pitcher's defection during a tournament in the Netherlands lacked any of the drama a movie script writer would want.

"It was pretty straightforward," he recalled. "I just walked out of the hotel, got in the car and left."

Separated from his parents, sisters, girlfriend and an infant daughter he's never seen, the 21-year-old left-hander with a 100-mph fastball ...

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