Fall 2021 SS Magazine

Diary of a minor league baseball player (Part 13)

Ethan Chapman’s dream to make it to the Big League level hasn’t happened yet. This past winter, Ethan signed to play 2017 in the Mexican League (AAA level) with the Vaqueros Union Laguna club.

Off the field, he’s a husband and a devoted follower of Jesus Christ. His faith is at the center of who he is as a person.

Today is number 13 in a season-long diary that Ethan is going to share with us as he continues his battle through minor league baseball and his quest to make it to the Big Leagues.

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It’s All About Winning

One of the best things about playing in the LMB, (Liga Mexicana Beisbol) is that it’s all about winning. When I played minor league ball in the states, it was mainly about player development, (which isn’t completely bad, we should always continue to develop our God given abilities) but there wasn’t always an emphasis on winning at the minor league level.

It’s different here though.

We are currently in the middle of a playoff race. We are 3.5 games back of a wild card game with only 7 games to go. The last month I’ve seen our team really turn it on and play passionately to have a chance to make it to the playoffs. We have played with pride and win or lose, we show up the next day prepared to win.

You can feel the excitement from the crowd and the fans with each win knowing we are gaining ground on the team ahead of us. And when we lose, they hold us accountable. Each loss hurts and each win excites.

Our team has changed a lot over the course of the season, but right now we are closer than ever. We trust each other, support each other and all have a common goal — win a championship.

As our regular season is coming to a close, I just want to thank the city of Torreon for welcoming me, my wife and my French Bulldog Henri!

We truly blessed and have enjoyed learning the culture, the language and the history. To all the loyal Vaqueros fans, thank you for showing up rain or shine, pushing me to play my best, celebrating with me during successes and supporting me through the struggles!

We will continue to work hard and hopefully bring the city of Torreon a championship.

E. Chapman 

Impact People

Through 84 games with Vaqueros Union Laguna in the Mexican League, Ethan is batting .271 with 5 HR, 25 RBI, 42 Runs Scored, and 18 Stolen Bases. 

To read Ethan’s previous journal entries from this season, click here.