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Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 27, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Having lost the competition to be the Yankees fifth starter, Joba Chamberlain is once again in the bullpen, uncertain whether his future is as a reliever or a starter. It’s the same debate we’ve been having for the past three years. “I think when they stop talking about me is when I probably should worry,” Chamberlain said.

On Friday, the Yankees played the Phillies in an exhibition game and Alex Rodriguez was a surprise clean-up hitter, having not met with federal investigators after all. Phil Hughes made his first start since being added to the rotation, Marcus Thames got a hit off Jamie Moyer, Jon Weber raised his average and Amaury Sanit was sent to minor league camp.





13 Responses to “Today in The Journal News”

  1. Jack March 27th, 2010 at 8:13 am

    {Hi|Hello}, {Great|Very informative|Fantastic} post, that I just saw on twitter! I just bookmarked your site.

  2. NYYROC March 27th, 2010 at 8:20 am

    Chad, Thanks again for all your work. The coverage you and Sam provide is great!

  3. murphydog March 27th, 2010 at 8:30 am

    As for Alex’s meeting being postponed by mutual consent, only more proof that this Dr. Galea case isn’t the Brinks Train Robbery. If the Feds really wanted/needed Mr. Personality to be there on Friday, believe me he would have been there. I doubt they are fishing around to get some crucial evidence before they speak with A-Rod so they can confront him with it. His lawyers aren’t numb, they wouldn’t keep giving the Feds more time to prepare an ambush and then deliver the client on a platter in Buffalo. At least I’d like to think so anyway.

    I try to use Occam’s Razor whenever possible, the simplest possible explanation taking all the known facts into account is usually the answer. In other words, when you hear hoof beats, think horses, not zebras: Joba wasn’t picked for the 5th spot because they had four pitchers they liked better than him right now. Why is that so painful for some to grasp?

    On the other hand there are those in love with conspiracy theories, the loudest and most played theory being that the Yankees don’t know what they are doing and have made the wrong turn at every crossroads with Joba. I don’t see it. Why was Joba in the running for 5th starter until this past week if his talent is destroyed? Why wasn’t he sent to AAA or released? Obviously the Yankees value Joba. The Joba fanboys (and girls) out there just can’t deal with being wrong. Their guy just isn’t better right now than Hughes.

    To satisfy their wounded egos, however, Jobamaniacs contrive byzantine rationalizations that make the entire Yankee organization a bunch of incompetent hacks. I guess this would be the same bunch that won #27 last year? But I digress.

    It’s pretty simple: Joba was not seen as good a fit for the 5th spot as Hughes, right now, whether it was Joba’s makeup, lingering doubts about the health of his shoulder or whatever. The Yankees feel that for emergency starts out of the 5 hole if not Hughes, they’d rather use Mitre and instead apply Joba’s talents in the pen. Why is that proof that Joba has been destroyed?

    Still, if I’m Joba, I’m at a big crossroads. Am I losing my shot at a career MLB starter with a starter salary? If I’m Joba, I’m fighting the mental drift out of this organization into one where I’d be guaranteed a real shot starting job.

    All eyes are on Joba’s mental performance this season as much as his physical performance; does he check out on the Yankees or does this make him fight even harder to somehow get into the rotation next year – - and isn’t that quite likely the Yankees’ hope for 2011?

  4. SJ44 March 27th, 2010 at 8:42 am


    Outstanding post and spot on with all of your points.

    Joel Sherman wrote an excellent column this AM on Joba.

    Your post and his column should be required reading for those interested on posting on these subjects.

    Fact is, it’s up to JOBA, not Cashman, Girardi, Eiland or anybody else, to move his career in the right direction.

    Pitch well and his future is as bright as ever.

  5. Tarheelyank March 27th, 2010 at 8:54 am

    Funny SJ, I was just about to post on Joba’s role this year but decided to read Sherman’s article first.

    I just deleted my original post. :D

  6. Doreen - 2010 GTLU March 27th, 2010 at 8:57 am

    murph, SJ -

    Sure seems like it should be simple, doesn’t it?

    It’s been up to Joba since last season. I think Joba likes being on the Yankees. So, now we stay tuned.

    It does seem amazing that an organization this clueless about its players would have won their 27th WS last season. They are the defending champs going into 2010. Only one team a year gets to say that. It was a fantastic season, through all its meanderings, and it hit me how really wonderful it is while watching a short clip on ESPN yesterday afternoon of the Yankees celebrating with champagne. Yes, it’s real. :)

  7. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! March 27th, 2010 at 9:21 am

    I’m willing to give Joba a “too much too fast/DWI woes/mother is a public burnout” pass and believe that he can somehow settle down, mature up, and harnass all of the talent that he very obviously has. I also hope that he has some behind-the-scenes angel who has decided to take him under his wing and help him to the straight and narrow.

    Anyway, until proven otherwise I still have him charted to be a Yankee starter, hopefully sooner rather than later.

  8. El Duderino March 27th, 2010 at 9:24 am


  9. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! March 27th, 2010 at 9:30 am

    Time will tell. And check it out – I won’t lose sleep no matter which way it goes. The optimal is that the best scenario for both Joba and the Yankees comes to pass. That’s all I hope for since I don’t have any dog in the hunt. I still believe he can be a starter but if it doesn’t happen? Oh well.

  10. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter March 27th, 2010 at 9:34 am

    Line up :arrow:

  11. pat March 27th, 2010 at 9:41 am

    Not sure Cashman’s statement, “I think he’s a starter pitching out of the pen,” helps the debate go away which should be the goal in the here and now.

    The debate can be revisited in the future if they choose but getting everyone settled into their current roles mentally and physically should be the immediate priority.

    Feels like Alex’s legal team is doing a little hand slapping because of the meeting information being leaked by the ones who want to ask the questions.

    Walking into a Federal building in front of a multitude of waiting cameras and reporters asking questions would appear to have too much of a perceived “perp walk” feel for them to be comfortable with it if it could be avoided.

    Welcome home, Doreen! Hope you got a good enough Mouse fix to carry you for awhile.

  12. Ken March 27th, 2010 at 9:58 am

    Am I the only one getting sick of A-rods act ? Its been one headache after another with this guy. A tremendous talent who cant seem to get out of his own way is how Id describe him. Does anyone really believe he went to Canada to get anti-inflamatories? Im sad to say, I still think doping is going on in baseball today and it just gets shifted around to another source/drug. The feds are probably just playing “catch up”.. Makes me sad that the game I grew up loving has become tainted.

  13. pat March 27th, 2010 at 10:08 am


    The game “you grew up loving” was always tainted. The methods of taint have changed but the game remains the same.

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