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Hank: Joba to be great in 2023

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Jun 03, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

In stunning news from Tampa, Hank Steinbrenner has high expectations for Joba Chamberlain.

“It’s the first start in what could be a 15-year career,” he told the AP. “With him, we’re all looking not just for the rest of this year, we’re looking even right now a few years ahead already. That’s what counts to us. Hopefully he does well. Again, I would have perferred to start the year with him as a starter, but this is the way they have come up with. Hopefully it works and he has no problem with the transition.”

(Just an aside here, but why does the concept of innings limits for young pitchers confuse so many people?)

Hank went on:

“Everything flows from starting pitching. Nothing’s changed. It was that way 50 years ago. There’s more specialization today, but it still stands. Starting pitching is the main thing. You find me a team that succeeds in the postseason without starting pitching and I’ll show you a miracle.”





21 Responses to “Hank: Joba to be great in 2023”

  1. BigV June 3rd, 2008 at 1:31 am

    Hank is the Oracle

  2. Jeepers Creepers June 3rd, 2008 at 1:32 am

    I think the only reason Hank keeps saying about wanting Joba to start is because it wouldn’t have meant all this garbage about how the 8th inning and how its a mistake to move Joba to the starting role.

    I know I am sick of Phillips, that wonderful GM (oh wait) who keeps harping on it. Notice the ones who keep talking about how desperate a move it is are those who don’t like the Yankees.

  3. JoeT 28 in 09 June 3rd, 2008 at 1:36 am

    i’m just happy the sox finally had a key player go down (Papi out at least a month)…. it seems like the last 2 years all the Yankees key players are on the shelf and nothing happens to them lol

    Joba goes 3 tomorrow… 2 hits, no runs, 3 K’s and a walk

  4. Dee June 3rd, 2008 at 1:37 am

    Good for Joba that Hank has so much faith in him but I can’t help but think this is a slap in the face for Chien-Ming Wang. The Wanger has won 19 games two years in a row for the Yankees and Joba has not even started a game yet but already Wang has been publicly demoted. I know I know, two separate matters and Wang is a team player blah blah blah but I still feel a little slighted for him.

    Anyway, I’m headed to the Jays game tonight. Go Joba!

  5. Brandon (supporting "Alex being Alex") (J.Santana HR allowed count: 12 ) June 3rd, 2008 at 1:37 am


  6. stuart June 3rd, 2008 at 1:37 am

    yeah let’s wait to Melancon and Cox are ready. I forget they are not 30 so they cannot be trusted.

    yeah let’s throw out Kyle and Latroy they are really succeding.

  7. Brandon (supporting "Alex being Alex") (J.Santana HR allowed count: 12 ) June 3rd, 2008 at 1:40 am

    The Giants have 10 days to trade Threets, waive him or send him back to the Minor Leagues if he clears waivers. Given the interest in Threets among other teams earlier in the season, another club is likely to claim him if he’s waived.

    LHP Erick Threets DFA

    LHMRP who throw’s 96 mph for free Cash….

  8. stuart June 3rd, 2008 at 1:42 am

    Melancon has 40 IP this yr..

  9. Patrick Bateman June 3rd, 2008 at 1:45 am

    Hank is 100% right. Starting pitching wins games in the playoffs.

    Just ask Mariano Rivera, he was real valuable in 2006 and 2007 eh?

  10. CaptainsCorner June 3rd, 2008 at 1:49 am

    Seriously Hank needs to stop talking. Is Joba going to be great? Who knows…no one knows. They need to let him pitch and see what happens. It is going to take atleast 2-3 years to how Joba is going to be. If people expect him every start this year to pitch 8 innings 2 runs 12 strikeouts then they are going to be seriously dissapointed. I think the Yanks..Hank is over hyping him way too much and setting up too much pressure on him. Tomorrow he could go out there and throw 50 pitches in 2 innings. Let the kid pitch at the back of the rotation and in a couple of years lets see how good he is. Even YES had commercials today saying watch tomorrow for Jobas 1st start..its too much.

  11. Jeepers Creepers June 3rd, 2008 at 1:55 am

    Why should the OWNER of the team shut up? Why can’t he say what he wants to say? It doesn’t make any difference, and frankly, it gives the talking heads something different to talk about other than how much the Yankees stink.

  12. Hank sucks June 3rd, 2008 at 1:55 am

    It’s all starting with starting pitchers in palyoff,yes.But 2006 Cardinals won it with only a stable pitcher in the rotation who is Carpenter. Jeff Weaver?Suppan? Anthony Reyes? None of them were good in regular season.

  13. Come on! June 3rd, 2008 at 3:16 am

    What the hell is he talking about?

  14. Marc W June 3rd, 2008 at 6:29 am

    WHat about the 2007 Rockies? They made the World Series with poor starting pitching.

  15. andrew33 June 3rd, 2008 at 7:22 am

    I dont see anything bad with what he said, except to agree with lupica today it seems like a lot of pressure pretty quickly — but overall why not try it, this team is a mess, pettite cant hold 3 leads like pete mentioned, the runners left on base every inning —- and mr cano — what a joke
    yeah i guess its early, and i guess mussina can go 27-9

  16. happyathome June 3rd, 2008 at 7:26 am

    Hank really should let someone else who knows about baseball do the talking for the organization. As for Joba, he can always go back into the rotation being an eigth inning guy if it does not work out for a starter. Whatever….it is about improving the NYY organization and not Joba, right?!

  17. jashell2000 June 3rd, 2008 at 7:37 am

    “WHat about the 2007 Rockies? They made the World Series with poor starting pitching.”

    Which was a miracle that ended when the Sox swept them with dominating starting pitching and a good bullpen.

  18. Jorge Steinbrenner (the long lost third brother) June 3rd, 2008 at 8:13 am


    it’s also about not just thinking about tomorrow, but two, three, and five years from now when building your team. the teams we’ve put together this decade haven’t even been built to get past the first round of the playoffs.

    this is the Hank that gives me high hopes as to this team.

  19. Patrick (the good one) June 3rd, 2008 at 8:36 am

    i’m just happy the sox finally had a key player go down (Papi out at least a month)…. it seems like the last 2 years all the Yankees key players are on the shelf and nothing happens to them lol


    Schilling out this year, Lowell missed time this year. Manny was injured last year. Every team gets injuries

    Why shouldn’t Hank talk? He’s absolutely right. Nowhere do I see him proclaiming Joba as the best pitcher of this generation or of this staff. He is only saying that Joba has the chance to have a long and successful career and that starting pitching is very important. It seems like people rip Hank just to rip him at this point.

  20. bigjf June 3rd, 2008 at 9:53 am

    Holliday was out anyway…

  21. LadyBug626 June 3rd, 2008 at 11:21 am

    “i’m just happy the sox finally had a key player go down (Papi out at least a month)….”

    I’m no Sox fan, but this joy at players getting injured is really pathetic. Baseball is at its best when the Sox and Yanks are battling at full strength. We shouldn’t have to rely on injuries to opposing players for wins.

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