• Yanks Revise Joba’s Kid Gloves

    Posted by on August 29th, 2009 · Comments (7)

    Via the Post

    Manager Joe Girardi announced “The Joba Rules, Version 3.0″ yesterday.

    After watching Joba Chamberlain’s ineffective start on extra rest this week, the Yankees are moving the fragile right-hander back into the regular five-man rotation.

    The innings limit for the season will remain, though, and the Yankees plan to pull Chamberlain after just a few innings in several of his upcoming starts.

    “The bottom line is for us to win games and get the best out of players,” Girardi said. “In evaluating what happened, it looked like it was working great. He came out of the break and was lights-out. But we think that a change needed to be made. We were listening to him and talking amongst ourselves.”

    The Yankees had been giving Chamberlain extra rest between starts in an effort to keep his workload below a team-imposed innings limit, which Girardi revealed yesterday is 180, including the playoffs.

    The Rangers roughed up the 23-year-old on Tuesday, scoring seven runs in four innings. That led Girardi to tweak the plan. Girardi talked with pitching coach Dave Eiland and general manager Brian Cashman after Tuesday’s game, mulled it over and then told Chamberlain of the change before last night’s 5-2, 10-inning victory over the White Sox at the Stadium.

    “We’ve always had a plan back and forth,” Chamberlain said. “We tried it. It didn’t work. We’re going to try this, and I think it’s going to be great. It’s something that I’m looking forward to.”

    You know, when you’re teaching someone on how to throw a baseball, you often tell them to hold it as if it were an egg. Or, if you really want to get the attention of a teenage-boy who’s holding the ball too tight, you can tell him to hold it like it was a mammary gland.

    I’m starting to get that feeling about how the Yankees are treating Joba Chamberlain. They’re attempting to hold him like he was an egg…or, well, the other thing I mentioned. Maybe, instead of calling him “Joba” Chamberlain, we should start referring to him as “Yabos” Chamberlain?

    Comments on Yanks Revise Joba’s Kid Gloves

    1. MJ
      August 29th, 2009 | 11:25 am

      As down as I am on #62, aka Al Roker, I do think the Yanks have botched this whole Joba Rules thing pretty badly. Sometimes when you try too hard not to damage something you end up breaking it anyway. I am terrified for the future of Phil Hughes because he’s going to be on the same innings limit routine next year.

    2. August 29th, 2009 | 11:32 am

      MJ wrote:

      Sometimes when you try too hard not to damage something you end up breaking it anyway.

      Amen!

      MJ wrote:

      I am terrified for the future of Phil Hughes because he’s going to be on the same innings limit routine next year.

      Interesting point. Perhaps that’s why he stays in the pen next year? ;-)

    3. MJ
      August 29th, 2009 | 11:35 am

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      Interesting point. Perhaps that’s why he stays in the pen next year?

      I certainly hope not. I think he’s pitched well enough this year to earn another audition for the rotation in 2010. After all, the Yanks aren’t going to defend their ’09 crown with Mitre/Gaudin (at least I hope like hell they’re not!).

    4. thenewguy
      August 29th, 2009 | 12:15 pm

      The perception of the ‘Joba Rules’ are a joke to me. Every team shuts down their young pitchers before the season is over if they have met their innings limit. The Yankees are trying to straddle the fence between what is best for Joba and what helps them win the WS this year.

      As Sweeney Murti put it when talking to Steve Somers, the Joba Rules as we know them will no longer exist in 1 month’s time. Once the playoffs begin, the gloves are off Joba. And going into next year, Joba will be able to throw 190-200 innings, in other words a full starters load.

      People just freak out about the ‘Joba Rules’ because he became such a sensation out of the bullpen and he plays in NY. Every young pitcher has the ‘Joba Rules.’ David Price, Rick Porcello, Phil Hughes, Ricky Romero…. they all have them. Maybe players like Mark Prior, Edison Volquez, and Kerry Wood could have used some stricter rules.

    5. ken
      August 29th, 2009 | 4:16 pm

      thenewguy wrote:

      People just freak out about the ‘Joba Rules’ because he became such a sensation out of the bullpen and he plays in NY. Every young pitcher has the ‘Joba Rules.’ David Price, Rick Porcello, Phil Hughes, Ricky Romero…. they all have them. Maybe players like Mark Prior, Edison Volquez, and Kerry Wood could have used some stricter rules.

      Agreed. Bottom line is this: it is hard to develop young pitching on a team that expects to win every year. In this situation, patience is hard to come by.

      Detroit and Tampa both had great seasons in the recent past but those came at the cost of horrific losing seasons while allowing the young pitching to develop at the major league level.

    6. Evan3457
      August 29th, 2009 | 9:36 pm

      Mat Latos of the Padres will also be shutdown.

      Clay Buchholz was another one.

    7. August 29th, 2009 | 11:38 pm

      Roy Oswalt threw 233 IP in 2002 when he was 24 and lived to see another day. Mark Buehrle threw 221 IP in 2001 when he was 22.

      Sometimes, I wonder, if the JOBA RULES is just the Yankees, and Cashman’s, CYA plan for when Joba’s arm does blow – so that can say “See, it’s not our fault.”

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