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Quote of the Day: Joba Chamberlain

Oct 1, 2009, 8:50 AM EDT

“If they want me to fold towels, I’ll fold towels.  I don’t really care. Whatever they see fit, I want to help this team win in any role that I’m in.”

Joba Chamberlain, wisely anticipating that he won’t be in the playoff rotation following yet another lackluster performance.

Chamberlain is 0-4 with 8.42 ERA in his last eight starts. The Yankees, of course, will get to choose the ALDS schedule which will allow them to go with only three starters, so this is probably not too big a deal unless and until they make the ALCS.  If that happens I suppose fourth starts will be committee outings.

  1. Alyce Iavarone - Oct 1, 2009 at 12:38 PM

    Frankly, I am very disappointed in the Yankee brain trust. They have ruined this young prospect’s career. At a time where pitching is almost non-existent, this person may have made a difference. When Joba Chamberlain said he wanted to be a Starter, I believe the answer should have been “no”, and not all this nonsense with the “Joba Rules”. Everyone out there should know that it is not a crime to be in the bullpen. After all, we cannot all be chiefs. The way things are right now, there is no room for him in the bullpen. The Yankees cannot take the chance of ruining the bullpen that they were so carefully building. I believe we all owe Joba an apology and should either trade or release him for his own good. Just a thought.

  2. Chris - Oct 1, 2009 at 1:09 PM

    HUH?!?!?! Settle down Alyce… Joba will be fine, they are doing all this for his own good. Most prospect are in the minors where their innings are monitored, on every team, yet you never know because they are in the minors. The Yanks have the luxery of allowing him to up his innings while also getting valuable Major League experience. The limits toward the end of the season have taken him out of his rhythm but once he is a full go he will excel just as they think he will.

  3. Darren H - Oct 1, 2009 at 2:02 PM

    0-4 in his last 8 starts…..really. Pretty sure he picked up a win Friday against the Red Sox. Come on Craig, you’re better than that.

  4. smokehouse - Oct 1, 2009 at 2:18 PM

    Chamberlain is a Yankee. If he were playing for Seattle or the Pirates are any number of teams you wouldn’t know his name. There are 100 pitchers out there who have a better future than Joba. The writers are playing you like a violin. Just like they sold you a bill of goods for Obama and his liberal 14 trillion dollar spending spree.

  5. Shawn Hightower - Oct 1, 2009 at 2:41 PM

    He did get a win against Red Sox..

  6. Church of the Perpetually Outraged - Oct 1, 2009 at 3:06 PM

    Frankly, I am very disappointed in the Yankee brain trust. They have ruined this young prospect’s career. At a time where pitching is almost non-existent, this person may have made a difference. When Joba Chamberlain said he wanted to be a Starter, I believe the answer should have been “no”, and not all this nonsense with the “Joba Rules”. Everyone out there should know that it is not a crime to be in the bullpen. After all, we cannot all be chiefs. The way things are right now, there is no room for him in the bullpen. The Yankees cannot take the chance of ruining the bullpen that they were so carefully building. I believe we all owe Joba an apology and should either trade or release him for his own good. Just a thought.

    Haha this is hilarious. The Yanks should put all their best pitchers in the bullpen, CC can pitch the 5th, AJ the 6th, Joba the 7th, Hughes the 8th and Mo the 9th. Just rotate the crap guys from 1-4th.
    Thank god you aren’t the GM of the Yanks.

  7. Omega - Oct 1, 2009 at 3:44 PM

    Now, the real question here is if they demote him to towel boy will they limit the number of towels he can fold per game?

  8. bh0673 - Oct 1, 2009 at 4:12 PM

    Is Joba one of their best? Mariano Rivera was inconsistant and got in trouble often as a starter but as a set up man and eventually a closer he became one of the best of not the best. Joba out of the bull pen was lights out, now true the Joba Rules may have done more damage and the fact he is very young part of the problem,but if you take one look at what happened when they put Phil Hughes in the bull pen(and I feel he will be a great starter) it do more to straighten him out and make him a better pitcher then he was?
    Maybe Joba needs to be that lights out guy out of the bull pen and come in throwing fire from the start be effective instead of having trouble pacing himself to regain his form and confidence. Maybe like Rivera he is better suited as a closer. I personally don’t think he is a starter even though he has the physical ability I dont think he has the mental ability.

  9. bh0673 - Oct 1, 2009 at 4:21 PM

    Maybe the Yankees coddled him and brought him up to fast. Hughes struggled from the time he pulled his ham string against Texas and out of the bull pen has matured, his confidence in his pitches and in himself. whatever he is a different player then he was last year. Maybe sudden star role is a problem maybe he just needs to grow up a little more and he will become the starter everyone thinks he should or could be. I see no problem making him earn his spot, but right now he is a liability in the rotation.

  10. Joe in Fair Lawn - Oct 1, 2009 at 5:56 PM

    Joba is a thrower- not a pitcher. Andy Pettite is a pitcher. Joba thinks too much on the mound. He should get the ball and throw it, not think about curve balls, sliders so much. Be like guys like Goose Gossage- here it is and TRY to hit it-I DARE you!

  11. Ralph - Oct 2, 2009 at 8:07 AM

    Joe in Fairlawn is right on the money. Joba is a thrower. He doesn’t have the mentality or intellect to be a starter. He should be like Gossage. Just give them gas for an inning or two and dare them to hit it, but his velocity has never been the same after last years shoulder problems. Maybe there is more to that than meets the eye

  12. Paul Sousa - Oct 2, 2009 at 9:59 AM

    As a set up guy he did give off that “Joba’s in, then Rivera – game over” feeling.
    He’s a decent starter but is it possible to get a pitcher who can put up comparable numbers as a starter? I don’t care if he is set up or a closer a dominant pitcher is a dominant pitcher no matter what inning they work and he was a dominant set up man.
    As much as I can’t stand the Yankees having him and Rivera out of the pen puts less pressure on the starters and you can get away with have a .500 type of guy at the end of the rotation who can get you 5-6 quality innings.
    Leaving him off the roster would be nuts. He can air it out for one inning at 95mph plus. instead of pacing himself

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