Eric Boland of Newsday (Yes, they’re still in business) interviewed Brian Cashman about the never ending debate about sending Joba to the bullpen and got some interesting quotes. Cashman said:
“If he’s throwing 95 in the first inning, let people throw that argument out there,” Cashman said. “We haven’t seen that yet, so why would they think that’s going to suddenly happen by going to the bullpen?”
Some have argued there’s an adrenaline rush that Chamberlain has coming out the bullpen, an argument Cashman brought up, then dismissed.
“That’s all crap,” he said. “Wake up and smell the coffee. If he’s on national television on ESPN and throws 91 on the 22nd pitch, why would you think if he comes in in the eighth inning protecting a 4-3 lead [he'd throw 96]? Stop, he’s a starter.”
Cashman is right. For Joba, his velocity is tied to his ability to get everything in sync. Joba has had trouble finding his rhythm early on in games and sending him to the bullpen won’t solve that. That will only make every inning the 1st inning for him, and do you know what he’s done in the 1st inning this year? Here it is, we could get Kei Igawa to produce like this.
The NY Post had another quote from Brian:
With Brian Bruney back on the DL, the seventh and eighth innings are the Yankees’ weakest link. Because Chamberlain had success in that spot two years ago, the argument never stops. However, two guys who would make the call say there is no chance of Chamberlain moving from the rotation.
“We have not talked about that,” Girardi said.
GM Brian Cashman went further. Asked if he was tempted to move Chamberlain, Cashman said, “No, not at all.”
Joe Girardi might have had the best quote of all. He said this during the pregame interviews before yesterdays game in Cleveland:
The Yankees have not discussed Joba in the bullpen. Great line from Girardi: “The good thing about the presidential debates is that they end. … This one doesn’t.”
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