Thursday, May 22, 2008

It's Joba Time (Almost)

Well, the moment every Yankee fan has been waiting for seems to be around the corner. I suspect that by this time next month, Joba Chamberlain will be a member of the starting rotation, most likely squeezing fellow rookie Ian Kennedy back down to the Triple-A Yankees in Scranton, PA.

As long as the team uses him judiciously between now and then, stretching him out and strengthening his arm gradually, I see no cause for concern. Joba has all the tools to be a great pitcher in the big leagues and only health and a little luck stand in his way. Of the three youngsters on the Yanks this year, Joba’s by far my favorite. I wish him all the success – and fist-pumps – in the world.

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