Hank Steinbrenner was recently quoted as saying that "only an idiot" wouldn't start Joba Chamberlain.
One thing is clear about this statement—"only an idiot" would make it.
It is a known fact that Big Hank has no baseball background. Prior to being the co-chairman of the New York Yankees, he worked on the family horse farm.
This year Chamberlain has been fantastic in the pen. He is 1-0 with a 1.42 ERA in six appearances, and it doesn't get much better than that. Not to mention Joba is on a strict pitch count limit this year again! (Which I can’t stand.)
Also, Joba is obviously able to affect many more games out of the pen, so we can see that 100 mph fastball even more.
Not sure if Hank has a short term memory problem, but last year the Yankees lost more than their fair share of games because the set-up man was, well, Farnsworth.
In an article written in ESPN Magazine, Hank said that he does not scream at employees like his father did. "That's not how I operate," he said.
Really? I guess calling them idiots in a low key manner is okay then?
Let’s get it straight. 20 games into the season big mouth Hank has already called his GM and newly acquired manager an idiot!
Now, the part that really gets me about Hanky's ridiculous statement is his "reason,” if you can even call it reason. Any person with "reason" would not say “You don't have a guy with a 100 mph fastball and keep him as a set-up guy."
Really? Listen, I can deal with Hank being upset about the performances of the young guns, Ian Kennedy and Phil Hughes. However, saying that Joba throws 100 mph and can’t be wasted in the set-up role is outrageous.
Joba has been nothing short of dominant as a set-up man and was a major spark plug out of the pen last year. The only thing that stopped him was apparently John Kruk's old egg salad.
Back to everyone’s favorite Yankee for a minute, Kyle Farnsworth. This guy throws straight cheddar (100 mph) and is able to drop a slider off the table second to none. So the fact that he throws pills means he should be a starter according to Hanky.
You know that feeling you get when you see Farnsworth warming up, let alone jogging into the game? Well, if he started we would have that feeling for five innings a game.
But that is not the point. The point is that if Hank wants to start panicking 20 games in, then Yankees’ fans will be in for a long season,
Yankees’ haters will love it, and Cashman will leave after this year. Wow, those three things sound great as a Yankees’ fan. So quit it, Hank.
Hank, I'm sure you are reading this. Stick to the business side of the Yankees, please. Do all of us Yankees’ fans a favor. Oh, and not to mention the rest of the organization.
It is quite difficult for Cashman and Girardi to both do their jobs when Hanky Panky is going off about everyone else being an idiot.