New Eye on Baseball Heavyweight Champions: Cincinnati Reds

Aroldis is back and he's got a lot of belts on his mind.
Aroldis is back and he's got a lot of belts on his mind. (USATSI)

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The Cincinnati Reds just took two of three from the Rockies this weekend, closing things out with the return of Aroldis Chapman. And with his dominant performance in the ninth inning Sunday, he helped the Reds "pin" the Rockies and take home the prestigious Eye on Baseball Heavyweight Championship.

For those new here, this is what we're talking about:

The Eye On Baseball Heavyweight Championship, inspired by the valorous glories of professional wrestling, is back for a second season.

The defending World Series champ starts the regular season with the belt. From there, here are our rules.

1. A team must win a series from the champion to take the belt. One game isn't going to cut it, considering it's a 162-game season and teams all view the season in terms of series.

2. If the belt-holder splits a series (two- or four-game series), it retains. Much like on a draw in boxing or a count-out situation in pro wrestling, you don't get the belt unless you actually beat the champion. A tie isn't good enough.

3. If, at the end of the regular season, the belt-holder does not make the playoffs -- and due to the dynamics of this thing, that scenario is entirely plausible -- said team will be stripped of the title for not qualifying for the postseason. Then the winner of the playoffs -- the World Series -- takes the belt and the title into the offseason.

And here's how we got here:

Eye On Baseball Heavyweight Champion2014 title reign
March 31 - April 4
April 5 - April 14
April 15 - April 23
April 24 - May 2
May 3 - May 10
May 11 - Present

The championship will next be defended by the Reds against the Padres in Cincinnati, beginning Tuesday. It is a three-game series, so the Padres will need to win two games to steal the all-important strap.

CBS Sports Writer

Matt Snyder has been a baseball writer with CBS Sports since 2011. A member of the BBWAA, he's now covered the last six World Series beginning with the epic 2011 Fall Classic. The former Indiana University... Full Bio

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