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.