CLEVELAND (July 10, 2019) – Jim Chapman has been the Owner of Proforma Preferred for over 20 years, and on Monday he fulfilled his dream of pitching to his son at the 2019 MLB All-Star Home Run Derby. Jim's son, Matt Chapman, is a third-baseman for the Oakland A's, and is the first Oakland player to participate in the Home Run Derby since 2014.
The MLB All-Star Home Run Derby is an annual bracket-style competition between eight of the League's top power hitters, where players compete to hit the most home runs in four minutes in exchange for a grand prize of $1 million. Leading the Oakland A's with 21 home runs this season, Matt was asked to compete in his first Home Run Derby appearance on Monday night at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio. After years of watching the Home Run Derby and throwing batting practice together, Matt knew the only pitcher he'd want to see out in the field was his dad.
This year the event was hosted at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio, where Matt and his dad competed in the first round against Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. of the Toronto Blue Jays. Other players competing for the grand prize included Alex Bregman, Joc Pederson, Pete Alonso, Carlos Santana, Josh Bell, and Ronald Acuna, Jr.
A record year for Matt, he was also given the 2018 American League Rawlings Platinum Glove Award, which is given to the league's overall best defensive player. Despite Pete Alonso taking the grand prize, Jim Chapman and his son finished with 13 home runs, totaling 1.1 total miles and 477 feet.
Jim has been in the printing and promotions industry since 1989, and began his own company in 1998 in Foothill Ranch, California. Known as Proforma Preferred, Jim's company specializes in full color printing, labels and forms, promotional products, wearables, embroidery, and screen printing.
With over 40 years of experience and nearly $500 million in sales, Proforma is the leading network of Owners in the printing, promotional products and packaging industry. Proforma's record breaking success includes having 25 of its Owners make Inc. Magazine's list of the 5,000 fastest-growing companies. In 2018, Proforma celebrated 190 Owners achieving its annual Million Dollar Club with sales ranging from $1 million to $35 million in sales. The Proforma Million Dollar Club is the largest collection of million dollar and multi-million dollar Owners in the industry.