In stunning news from Tampa, Hank Steinbrenner has high expectations for Joba Chamberlain.
“Itâ€™s the first start in what could be a 15-year career,” he told the AP. “With him, weâ€™re all looking not just for the rest of this year, weâ€™re looking even right now a few years ahead already. Thatâ€™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. Nothingâ€™s changed. It was that way 50 years ago. Thereâ€™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 Iâ€™ll show you a miracle.”