Joba

I have to weigh in on the Joba Chamberlain starter-reliever debate, mainly to say that Hank Steinbrenner is not only a jackass, but an idiot as well (as opposed to his father who, although he was a first rate jackass in his day, at least understood what he was talking about).

Can Chamberlain be a top notch starting pitcher? Maybe. Hell let’s say probably. But on the other hand, you KNOW he can be a first class reliever who’s got the energy to get more than 3 outs when you need him to. Why you would take away possibly the best 8th inning pitcher in the game (and what should be a dominant closer in waiting for the future) out of that role to play every 5 days I don’t really know. Yes, you need starting pitching, but that doesn’t do you a whole lot of good if you can’t get through the 7th and 8th innings to hand a lead to your closer.