Brian Cashman created his own Joba problem

From a substantive matter, I guess I mostly agree with Cashman. It’s certainly true that the Yankees didn’t really have Joba “bounce around” from the rotation to the bullpen, anymore than any starter who breaks into the big leagues in the bullpen is bounced around, and that has been a common practice in MLB for decades now. To that end, it’s also extremely stupid to say that that cause Joba to need Tommy John surgery in 2011, both because there’s no evidence for that at all and because, by that point, Joba hadn’t pitched out of the rotation since September of 2009. And the point about other teams is certainly true, though I’d politely suggest Cashman take that up with the local media that he happily enables most of the time.

On the other hand, it’s sort of hard to get past the fact that Cashman pulled the plug on Joba as a starter after just one full season in 2009, ostensibly because Joba’s stuff played better in the bullpen (something that Cashman has said publicly). So really, what the heck does he expect the people who thought Joba should be a reliever from day one to think when he’s basically signaled, at least, that they were right all along? Perhaps if he hadn’t been so quick to give up on Joba’s development he wouldn’t have to deal with all of that criticism that he “stews” in these days.

Born in Southwestern Ohio and currently residing on the Chesapeake Bay, Brien is a former editor-in-chief of IIATMS who now spends most of his time sitting on his deck watching his tomatoes ripen and consuming far more MLB Network programming than is safe for one's health or sanity.

About Brien Jackson

Born in Southwestern Ohio and currently residing on the Chesapeake Bay, Brien is a former editor-in-chief of IIATMS who now spends most of his time sitting on his deck watching his tomatoes ripen and consuming far more MLB Network programming than is safe for one's health or sanity.

10 thoughts on “Brian Cashman created his own Joba problem

  1. Doesn't it matter who ELSE you have in the rotation and how badly you NEED someone like Joba in the pen as well? If her were on the Pirates a few years back for instance he'd probably BE a starter. If he were on the Phillies, he'd be a reliever. Why isn't that taken into consideration in this discussion?

  2. The whole quote from Cashman was "I don't think his stuff is the same since he hurt himself in Texas [in August 2008]. … The stuff plays up better in the 'pen."

    If Joba were still the 98 MPH monster from the minors and first half of 2008, it would have been silly to keep him in the bullpen. Cashman never signaled that the Joba-to-the-bullpen camp was right from day one. It was only after the shoulder injury that Joba's stuff diminished considerably and the Yankees' plans for him changed.

  3. Cashman should stick to climbing buildings. He is a wart on Sticks ass and should have been fired long ago.

  4. It may be a situation where Joba comes back with a much better arm and in better shape. I think the team knows more about his shoulder problems then we do.

  5. Joba is Joba"s problem. He is a delusional ass and not very bright. He can't admit it when he stinks. At least Hughes knows who to blame when he screws up. Joba is a moron.