Results for tag: Joba Chamberlain
Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on Mar 29, 2010 at 06:22:57 PM

It has been fascinating watching the different opinions on Joba Chamberlain’s future come out of Fortress Yankee. As The New York Times correctly observed this morning, this never would have happened in George’s day. Dave Eiland has an opinion. Pro scouting director Billy Eppler has an opinion. Brian Cashman has an open mind on Joba, but is of the opinion that his subordinates don’t have to hew to the company line. It’s a bright new day in Yankeeland. What it all accomplishes, beyond shifting the air around, is a different matter. The fact is, until Chamberlain shows consistent stuff and results, you can project any future for him, and by “you” I mean Cashman, Eiland, the sanctified ghost of Joe

Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on Mar 25, 2010 at 07:42:29 PM

The Yankees made the best of a difficult choice in selecting Phil Hughes to be the fifth starter. The difficulty comes from both pitchers being promising young starters, both 24 this season, who have had Major-League success in the past. In an ideal world, the team would have room to put them both in the rotation and see who emerges -- not from 6.2 or 14 Spring Training innings -- but from a full season. However, once the Yankees made the entirely defensible decision to bet on a known quantity and re-sign the soon-to-be 38-year-old Andy Pettitte as well as grabbed the low-hanging fruit that was Javier Vazquez from the Braves, suddenly there was room for just one.

The results of Spring Training would normally be too small to inform such a significant decision, but when combined

Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on Mar 22, 2010 at 04:38:29 PM

…But no one ever does anything about it. Phil Hughes may be thinking about that old line today. Thanks to Sunday’s rainout, the competition for the fifth starter’s spot was handicapped in Joba Chamberlain’s favor. With too many pitchers needing innings in too few games, Hughes drew the National League champion Phillies while Chamberlain got an improvised intrasquad game in which he faced such luminaries as Randy Winn, Jamie Hoffmann, and Reid Gorecki. Given that crowd, any performance less than dominance would have been a disappointment. I leave it to your judgment as to whether five innings, seven baserunners, two runs, and just one strikeout is appropriately encouraging. Joba’s lot may be to remain an enigma.


Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on Mar 12, 2010 at 02:34:59 PM

With rain washing out today’s pertinent spring training action, this seemed like a good time to take stock of the fifth-starter competition with two friends and colleagues, Jay Jaffe of Futility Infielder and Baseball Prospectus and Cliff Corcoran of Bronx Banter.

STEVE: Given that Joba was averaging 91 MPH during Wednesday's start and his velocity was down last year as well, is it possible that we're no longer looking at a potential elite starter or am I jumping to conclusions?


JAY: It's probably a bit early to start worrying about any pitcher approaching maximum velocity at this stage of the spring, but the results (11 runs in 3.2 innings via two appearances) are certainly unsettling. That said, I think we're at the point that every minor variation in what Joba does relative

Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on Mar 11, 2010 at 09:42:48 AM

Flipping through the newspaper on the train out of Washington this morning, I read this story in USA Today’s sports pages: “Efforts to develop black talent in USA insufficient” by Bob Nightengale. The story opens with some surprising quotes from Angels center fielder Torii Hunter:

"People see dark faces out there, and the perception is that they're African-American," Los Angeles Angels center fielder Torii Hunter says. "They're not us. They're impostors.

"Even people I know come up and say, 'Hey, what color is Vladimir Guerrero? Is he a black player?' I say, 'Come on, he's Dominican. He's not black.'”

I read that a few times just to make sure I had gotten it right and then turned to my traveling companion, Baseball Prospectus writer

Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on Mar 1, 2010 at 12:58:44 PM

I'm traveling today and not all that wired in at this writing, but so far that hasn't mattered much because Spring Training, at least Yankees Spring Training, has been on the slow side. Sure, there are a few interesting storylines—Jesus Montero, the fifth-starter duel, the left field mix—but Montero isn't going anywhere, the fifth-starter thing won't even give a hint of resolution for a couple of starts, and left field seems like a six of one/half-dozen of the other thing, so there's not much tension there.

I can dream of a different spring, a more compelling exercise full of stories that we would await with anticipation as we would the next Harry Potter novel. My top five wishes for a parallel-Earth Spring Training:

1. Derek Jeter is tutoring a 21-year-old shortstop who hit

Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on Feb 25, 2010 at 09:16:40 AM

Joe Girardi says all the right things. You don’t want players to take their jobs for granted. Thus, the organization may know who it wants to win the Joba Chamberlain/Phil Hughes battle, it may know if it wants Brett Gardner or Randy Winn in left field, but Girardi isn’t going to say so. Nothing too deep to say here, except that this kind of talk can be a bit frightening even when you recognize it for exactly what it is. You can make a reasonable argument about who the fifth starter should be, but left field… If Carl Crawford is going to be the left fielder next year, if Charlie Keller is going to be the left fielder next year, the Yankees still need a viable asset in left field, not just for the 2010 championship, but for 2011—for leverage, for depth, for trade

Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on Dec 24, 2009 at 03:23:13 PM

As many of you dissect your figgy pudding, I’m here helping to put together the BP annual (Write! Edit! Row!) and reading your mail. Even the Yankees probably have these few days off, a big change from the Boss’s glory days, when the team never slept, even when there was no one around to do business with…

Steve, I respect your opinions but let's just be clear. What should've Joba's path been? Shut him down after "x" amount of innings or let him blow out if that ever happened?—alvarofer

There were two problems with the Joba Rules 2.0: First, they were conducted in a vacuum, under the apparent assumption that the pitcher would understand or buy in, and thus they would have no performance impact due to his emotional reaction. That was clearly not

Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on Dec 21, 2009 at 07:05:05 PM

Rumors abound that the Yankees will be adding another starter before too long. One of the scarier possibilities was removed when the Nats got suckered in on Jason Marquis, but that doesn’t mean that the only moves left are pure positives. Before the Yankees go out and add another name to the roster, let’s consider what they presently have lined up for the starting rotation by considering the pitchers on the 40-man roster.

CC SABATHIA: Gee, he seems like a lock.

A.J. BURNETT: Another lock, though with him you always have to add “health permitting.” You have to add it with all pitchers, actually, even Sabathia, and the Yankees wanting to add a name pitcher might be in consideration of the injury risks to the staff given their history and the extra work required by