Joba Chamberlain doesn’t think this Spring is exciting enough

After his appearance in today’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies, which is currently in the top of the eighth inning, Joba Chamberlain decided to “ignite” the whole starter vs. reliever debate, you know, because we don’t have enough to talk about in regards to the 2013 Yankees.

Here are his quotes in full, courtesy of Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News:

“This is probably going to spark a bunch of stuff and (Yankees PR director Jason) Zillo is going to be mad at me, but it’s one of those things where it’s like, do you think you have the capability to start? Yes. Do I have four pitches that I can throw for a strike? Yes. Do I have two plus pitches in the bullpen that I can throw at any time? Yes.

“I guess I’m trying to have my cake and eat it, too. I feel like I’m good enough to do both. I’ve proven that I can do both. Whatever it is, if I close, I want to be one or the other. I’ve been in the role of in the bullpen for a while, but am I confident that if I got the chance to start again somewhere – wherever that’s at – I could do it? Without a doubt. I just have to focus on this year and what I can do to improve to help this team win, continue to try to win ballgames for them.”

I’m amused by Joba’s candor in regards to how Jason Zillo will react to this and I also appreciate his candor in regards to how he feels about his role on the team but I’m wondering what your thoughts are on what Chamberlain said. Leave them in the comments.

Stacey is co-Editor-in-Chief of It's About The Money, co-host of the It's About The Money, Stupid podcast and is a monthly contributor to ESPN's SweetSpot Blog. She is a former contributor at Aerys Sports and High Heat Stats. She has contributed to group projects at Baseball: Past And Present and the Hall of Stats. Her work has appeared in USA Today's Sports Weekly and most recently, she wrote four pieces for Derek Jeter: Celebrating the Yankees' Captain Clutch, a magazine printed by i5 Publishing.

12 thoughts on “Joba Chamberlain doesn’t think this Spring is exciting enough

  1. uyf1950

    It wasn't enough last season that Joba broke his foot, now he has to stick it in his mouth.

  2. jay_robertson

    Why not? He's gonna be a free agent. You don't think a starter will get a bigger haul than a 7th inning setup man with a skanky porn star stache?

    I'm with Joba – let him try n start – I'm betting he's better than Nova turns out. Or Phelps. Not to mention the Pillsbury Doughboy. You know the one – the free agent they're touting to get a big payout at the end of the year – bulging disc and all.

  3. Frank S.

    Maybe he should pitch well consistently and prove he can stay injury-free for more than one month before he starts publicly questioning his role. Also, the "I can start somewhere" line is reminiscent of Wade Boggs' "I'll get my 3000 hits somewhere" line. Boggs did get his 3000th hit "somewhere" — in then-last place Tampa Bay.

  4. oldshiftyeyes

    In an age where everyone now attends media-sensitivity lectures, it's nice to have a wild card like Joba. Maybe not the smartest thing to say, but definitely unpredictable. And amusing.

  5. arlene

    Joba didn't start the convo. According to Chad Jennings, in a "…postgame interview, Joba Chamberlain was asked about his ultimate aspiration." So he proceeded to give his thoughts. Which is ok. But he's still a team player and will carry out his role, whatever the Yankees decide that should be. Moving on .. nothing to see here, folks.

  6. mcmastro

    I remember i went to a Yankees-Tigers game a couple of years ago when Joba was starting. Verlander was pitching that game for the Tigers and i had thought it was a certain loss. Chamberlain matched Verlander through the game, gave the Yankees 6 strong, and the Yankees ended up winning. He definitely has shown the ability in the past, and if he can keep the velocity there for 6 innings, could be a great 5th starter.

  7. Andrew Zercie

    There's no harm in having the Yankees try to stretch Joba out, see what he can do in longer outings…and then flip him for a real C or OF depth.

  8. Mister D

    Never thought the Yankees had enough patience with a guy who was a starter up until he came to the Bronx. Injuries didn't help, no question, but just one look at his salary and Hughes', and its clear where he should aspire to pitch. The Yankees haven't done him any great favors, and if he can convince a team out there to give him a shot starting on a short deal, he should take it.

  9. uyf1950

    Personally I don't see Joba as a starter. He may have the pitchers, he may have the arm but I don't believe he has the mental make up to be starter. He gives me the impression that he is "wound way to tight". That's just my opinion.

    • jay_robertson

      kinda like AJ, right? :)

      or that Johnson guy?

      sometimes, a woundup guy can make it. you're playing with house money, just by betting Joba will fail, but I have no problem with him trying. Or being allowed to try – once he leaves, I wouldn't be surprised to see him reach Ian Kennedy levels of production.

      • uyf1950

        What makes you think he is going to leave. I realize he's a FA but I don't see him really getting a big offer from any team. He'll only be 28 at the start of the 2014 season, the Yankees could offer him a 2 or even a 3 year deal. He would then become a FA again at 29 or 30 and maybe get a bigger contract then.

        • chris

          Agreed. He is not going anywhere. Between missing 2012 (essentially) and his ups & downs prior, he is not attractive to teams as a starter right now (not for starter money anyway) and as a set up man he isn't going to get many offers better than NY.

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