LADY AT THE BAT: 2013 Should Be Joba Chamberlain's Last In Pinstripes

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

2013 Should Be Joba Chamberlain's Last In Pinstripes

After salvaging that final game in Detroit on Sunday (Thanks, CC) and winning big in Cleveland yesterday (Thanks, Robbie, Pronk, etc.) the Yankees have won two games in a row for the first time this season.

Yesterday's win was in jeopardy of losing its blow-out status when Joba Chamberlain came in to close things out in the ninth inning. Joba almost imploded and Mariano Rivera had to get up and start warming.

As I watched Joba walk that tightrope, one thing became very clear to me: The Yankees had better not re-sign him at the end of this season when he becomes eligible for free-agency. 

Folks, the time has come to cut ties with Joba Chamberlain. Yes, I will admit (finally) that the Yankees made a mistake when they instituted the Joba Rules and made him go from being a reliever to a starter and back to a reliever again. However, his poor performance over the years is just as much his fault as it is the team's. His weight, his questionable off-the-field activities and his atrocious appearances on the mound have all played a part in making the decision to say goodbye to him an easy one. 

I know what you're thinking: What if he has an outstanding 2013? What if he ends up being un-hittable? Well, he hasn't distinguished himself so far. Going into today's action he has a 13.50 ERA, and although he didn't give up a hit yesterday, he still walked two and had a full count on just about every batter he faced. If he turns it around, so what? In my opinion it is not enough to outweigh what he's done during the rest of his time in pinstripes. It's time to cut the cord.

There were rumors during Spring Training that the Rangers were interested in Joba. Fine. I hope more teams are interested as the season goes along. I hope a whole slew of them come calling next off-season. That will make me very happy. As long as none of them is the New York Yankees.

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