The ups and downs of Joba Chamberlain
Joba Chamberlain's career has been anything but smooth sailing. Here are some of the more memorable moments during the relief pitcher's tenure.
- Joba Rules Aug. 7, 2007
- Bean Balls Aug. 30, 2007
- The Midges Oct. 5, 2007
- Fist Pumping April-May 2008
- Starting Over 2008
- DUI Oct. 18, 2009
- Starting to Fail 2009
- Tommy John Surgery June 8, 2011
- Ankle Surgery March 22, 2012
The Yankees promote Joba Chamberlain to the major leagues—with a caveat. The 21-year-old has been a starter his entire career but the Yankees, seeking to bolster their bullpen, decide to convert him into a relief pitcher for the season's final months. To prevent overuse on the prized prospect's arm, GM Brian Cashman institutes a set of usage guidelines: No appearing on consecutive days, no entering a game in the middle of an inning and if he pitches more than one inning he gets two days off. These parameters quickly become known as the “Joba Rules,” spawning all kinds of merchandising spinoffs, including t-shirts, mugs, hats and posters.
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