Brian Cashman stood in the clubhouse after the game and swore that the “Joba Rules” were followed today.
“We haven’t deviated from the plan,” Cashman said. “We have an evolution … we have a plan in place. I don’t want to go into specifics.”
I don’t know the specifics other than Chamberlain will not work on consecutive days and a second inning will be contingent on pitch count and how he feels. I asked Torre if a 21-year-old rookie can be counted on to be honest about not wanting the ball.
“Yes,” he said.
Are the Yankees taking a chance with the best arm in their organization? To some degree, they certainly are. But these are the decisions these guys are paid a lot of money to make and they seem to be working together on this.
Know this much: The Yankees are about winning first. Torre once said he wouldn’t use Mo Rivera in the eighth inning. He has used him in the 8th inning 13 times. Cashman once swore Phil Hughes would develop in Triple-A this season. Hughes was called up in April.
Making the playoffs, just getting in, means millions of dollars for this organization in terms of advertising, television revenue, future ticket sales, merchandise sales, etc. Players come and go. If a guy gets hurt, you go find somebody else. That’s just how it is.