Tip your cap to the Yankees… you ruined Joba Chamberlain’s career

Hey! Where are all of the “Joba is going to be the ace of the Yankee staff as a starter” people now?
I am looking at YOU Chris DeLuca.
There is cause to fire Brian Cashman, the Yankees scouting and coaching department including Joe Girardi.
Because they were handed a pitcher with tremendous talent and a larger than life personality and was the clear heir apparent for Mariano Rivera. They turned him into a carefully handed middle reliever… then a mediocre starter… then an ineffective mop up man… and now is broken down and maybe be done.
I wonder if he could have been used as bait for Cliff Lee when Lee was traded three times between 2009 and 2010.
Try getting a Cliff BAR for him now.
This isn’t hindsight being 20-20.
I’ve been saying this has been insane since the beginning of the 2008 season.
If George were still alive and he found out that the organization torpedoed the most talented pitcher the organization has developed in a generation, there would be many bodies to dump out.
And Cashman has the nerve to say he doesn’t regret the Joba Rules.

He says the rules are common in the organization.

Even MORE reason to start firing people!

Think about it this way…
In 2007 the Yankees had Chein Ming Wang, who in his third year had developed into a 27 year old front line starter, winning 19 games in back to back seasons.
They had the talented Phil Hughes, a 21 year old with great stuff and of course 21 year old Joba Chamberlain who electrified the fan base and gave the bullpen unstoppable depth.
It’s now 2011. All three are broken down.
The Red Sox have had young pitchers like Jon Lester and Jonathan Papelbon and Clay Buchholz who have had lots of injuries. (Lester had freaking CANCER!)
And somehow they were all able to not break down. And none of them are as big and strong as Joba.
Mission Accomplished, Yankees.
The Joba controversy has been solved.
Starter? Reliever?
How about neither.

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Fantasy Owners… buy Chien-Ming Wang

I don’t do Fantasy Baseball anymore. It is too time consuming and I am going to be spending lots of time on the internet looking up baseball things, it will be for my latest 25 man roster.

But I do offer this tip… buy Wang!

Chad Jennings at the LoHud Yankees Blog writes that the Cardinals are kicking the tires on Chien-Ming Wang.

Chad has no reason to lie to us.

This is great news for Cardinals fans. Wang is obviously talented and he’s had a downfall for two seasons because of injury.

Enter pitching coach Dave Duncan.

Dave Duncan is a miracle worker. She is the Annie Sullivan to scores of Helen Kellers.

Joel Pinero? Chris Carpenter? Ryan Franklin? Kyle Loshe?
All turned things around under Duncan and that’s just off the top of my head.

Wang will be cheap… and he’ll win 15 games with an ERA under 3.50. You heard it here first.

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Can we just create a "He’s Been Sucking List"?

Dice-K has been sucking all year for the Red Sox… and now he’s suddenly on the disabled list.

Granted some of this is from his shoulder problems and no doubt more of it is from his pitching in the moronic WBC.
(Hey Junior 75 and everyone else who loved that silly exhibition… how often do you think of those games during this season? I think Japan won, right? Or was it Korea? I can’t remember… it was THAT MEMORABLE!)
I’m not accusing the Red Sox of pushing him back to the DL simply because he is sucking…
Actually that is EXACTLY what I am saying.
He was cleared to pitch and then threw with all the confidence of Calvin Schraldi.
And the Red Sox aren’t the only ones doing this…
Brad Lidge, with Satan now collecting on his bargain, got shuttled off to the DL.
Chien Ming Wang has been horrific with the Yankees… and he’s off to the DL.
Before Ortiz got hot again, there were whispers of putting HIM on the DL (and I advocated faking an injury).
In 2008 Joe Borowski was bombing with the Indians when an injury surfaced at just the right time. 
And of course there was the classic fake injury… Phil Hughes last year. No… he didn’t suck. It wasn’t a mistake to not trade for Johan Santana… he’s hurt! Yeah… that’s the ticket.

I say let’s end the charade.

Give each team one “He’s Been Sucking” transaction a year. No need to find an injury or fake one. Just come out and say it. “This is really bad… it would be better for all of us if we just find out what the hell is the matter with this guy.”

The guy basically puts the dunce cap on and they can fill his roster spot with someone else.

And there is no limit to how long they can stay on the list. It could be the rest of the season if they suck that badly.
But they can only do it once a year and once the player is off of the “He’s Been Sucking List” they can’t put him back on. 
They have to figure out what is wrong and they can’t shuttle him back and forth.
I’m actually 98% serious about this!
It makes perfect sense to me.
Which is why it will never happen.

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