What should the Yankees do with Joba Chamberlain?
Don’t Tamper With Success
Baseball championships are won with great pitching.
The Boston Red Sox appear to be building a baseball dynasty with their
cadre of great starters and relief pitchers. If the Yankees want to compete with
their rivals, they need to develop their own crew of starters and relief pitchers.
Joba Chamberlain has proven that he is a great relief pitcher and a super set up
man for Mariano Rivera. These two are a dynamic duo.
Chamberlain looks like he can have a long and brilliant career coming out of
the bullpen and he can eventually replace the aging Rivera when he retires in a few
There is no question that the New York Yankees can benefit from having another
quality starting pitcher. However, it makes no sense to change the one two punch of
Joba and Mariano in an attempt to improve on the team’s current record and on its
mediocre performance in 2008.
The Yankees won many of their recent championships as a result of the outstanding
work that Mariano Rivera has done at the end of games. If the Yankees allow Joba to
remain a relief pitcher, they will give him the opportunity to help the team three or four
times a week for perhaps twenty years. This adds up to a lot of games and a lot of
wins and saves. If they make him a starter, he will only have an impact on the team once
in every four or five games.
Also, starting pitchers are at great risk for injuries due to the wear and tear of
throwing one hundred pitches per outing. Keeping Joba in the pen may allow him to
have a very long and very successful career.
The starting rotation is a weaker link within the New York Yankee organization now.
Why not fix this by getting another starter or two who can win fifteen games a season?
Now, Joba may prove to be a great starting pitcher. However, I like the idea of
keeping things simple and leaving a successful strategy in place.
Jay P. Granat, Ph.D. is the Founder of www.StayInTheZone.com
He has developed a program for breaking hitting slumps.
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