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Kelvin Keith Chapman

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 11", Weight 173 lb.

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Second baseman Kelvin Chapman played pro baseball for a decade, including parts of three seasons at the major league level for the New York Mets.

Signed by the Mets as an undrafted free agent in late 1975, Chapman made his pro debut with the Marion Mets in 1976, hitting .269 in 62 games. He reached the majors with New York in 1979 and made his big league debut on April 5th. As the team's Opening Day second baseman, he went 2-for-5 with 2 runs scored against the Chicago Cubs. However, he hit just .150 over 35 games and was sent down to the Tidewater Tides. He remained at the AAA level for nearly five years.

Chapman returned to the bigs with the Mets in May 1984 and platooned at second base with the left-handed hitting Wally Backman. In 75 games, he hit .289 with 13 doubles and 8 stolen bases. However, the next summer his average fell to .175, and he was sent back to Tidwater by late July. He was released by New York after the season, ending his pro career.

During one game with the Mets, Chapman was thrown out at every base.

Chapman is currently head softball coach at Mendocino College. His son, Jason Chapman, was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds but opted for college instead and never played pro ball.

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