From Kat O’Brien -
[Hank] Steinbrenner said by phone: “I want to make this very clear, for anybody who hasn’t been paying attention – a top reliever, a great reliever, whether a setup man or a closer, does you absolutely no good if you can’t get to him. He’s doing you no good if you don’t have the lead.”
“Obviously, I think he can be an ace starter,” Steinbrenner said. “That’s why he was drafted. That’s what they thought of him when he was drafted. He can also obviously be an ace closer, but we’ve got [Mariano] Rivera for that, and he’s having one of his best years.”
The other concern is how to fill Chamberlain’s setup spot. Asked Steinbrenner: “Can we fill that other role? People seem to think so. We have some other capable arms. Not like Joba, obviously. There’s been no more dominant pitcher in baseball, really, except Rivera.”
There’s been no more dominant pitcher in baseball, really, except Rivera.
Betcha Joba wishes he had that quote from Hank before the Yankees renewed his contract for this season – at the big league minimum of $390,000.