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There is no doubting that Joba Chamberlain possesses the makeup of a front line starter in the majors. He has the command of four devastating pitches and the attitude that you want from someone at the top of the rotation. But being a starter is not in his best interest nor the Yankees.

The Yankees, like their fans, are excited about what Chamberlain can bring to the team for many years to come, and who can blame them? But it is simply not the right decision for a variety of reasons.

With the signings of C.C. Sabathia and A.J. Burnett, Chien-Ming Wang being healthy, and Andy Pettitte coming back for a possible final swan song, placing Chamberlain in the bullpen makes the most sense both short term and long term.

By being in the bullpen, it allows Chamberlain to affect the outcome of 60 to 70 games a year instead of just 35 if he were a starter. The Yankees do not need him to be a starter. Instead they need him to bolster the back end of the bullpen. Phil Hughes is more than capable of filling out the fifth spot in the rotation that Chamberlain is scheduled to occupy.

Who is seriously going to be the bridge to Mariano Rivera if Chamberlain starts? Damaso Marte, Brian Bruney, Jose Veras, Edwar Ramirez? None of them are capable of shouldering the crucial role of a setup man in today’s game that Chamberlain could.

Chamberlain’s presence and lights out ability could be identical to the MVP role that Mariano Rivera filled before he took over the closers role. And with Rivera coming off of shoulder surgery at age 39, who knows if the Yankees might need someone to save a few games or even fill in for Rivera if his shoulder acts up.

What are the Yankees going to do then? Convert Chamberlain back to the bullpen mid-season and risk ruining his 23 year old arm?

The Yankees are going to learn their lesson sooner or later. And unfortunately for everyone, it looks like it will be with Chamberlain this season.

There are currently 7 responses to “The Yankees intended misuse of Chamberlain in 2009”

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  1. 1 On March 11th, 2009, Name said:

    I disagree with you if he can remain healthy and avoid tendonitis. Haven’t you ever heard of Mark Melancon?

  2. 2 On March 12th, 2009, Bronx Baseball Daily said:

    The way you blow off the rest of the guys in the bullpen makes me not want to listen to you. Those guys you named all had good seasons in 2008 and there is no reason to expect that 3 of those 4 can’t have solid 2009 seasons. On top of that I wonder if you have ever heard of Mark Melancon. There is also David Robertson, Michael Dunn, Phil Coke and Humberto Sanchez to consider.

    The Yankees don’t even need Joba in the bullpen. It’s over crowded as it is.

  3. 3 On March 13th, 2009, Jeff Zachowski said:

    This exchange reminds me a bit of when every Yankee fan I knew was telling me how great Melky Cabrera is. Now the Yanks are so stacked in the pen, they don’t even need Joba Chamberlain? Wow, that’s a formidable bullpen indeed. The rest of baseball doesn’t have a prayer, since plainly the Yankees have no weakness.

  4. 4 On March 13th, 2009, Rob Abruzzese said:

    The Yankees have weaknesses, but I don’t think it means that someone not familiar with their bullpen should really be writing articles about it.

  5. 5 On March 15th, 2009, Bronx Baseball Daily said:

    Peter Gammons, who gets in every single chance he can to bash the Yankees, even wrote today:

    “They also seem encouraged that they can keep Chamberlain in the rotation because of the arms in front of Mariano Rivera — Phil Coke, Brian Bruney, Damaso Marte, et al.”

    Jose Veras and Edwar Ramirez, both had good years as the setup men last season, might not even make the team this year because there are so many relievers.

  6. 6 On March 16th, 2009, Jeff Zachowski said:

    Well if Jose Veras and Edwar Ramirez can’t make the Yankees, they must be stacked.

  7. 7 On March 22nd, 2009, Bobo said:

    Jeff Zachowski is a frustrated, envious and bitter Mets fan. How’s your citibank stock doin, buddy?

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