With this whole Joba debate raging on in the past few days, I have taken some time to evaluate the whole situation with the most unbiased opinion I can possibly provide.
It does become much harder to give an opinion when Joba pitches out of a bases loaded jam and goes 1-2-3 in the eighth. However, I must agree that for now, Joba belongs in the bullpen.
Joba gives the Yankees the most chances to win, serving as a bridge to Mariano Rivera. Kyle Farnsworth and LaTroy Hawkins have not done anything to assure the Yankees staff and front office that the eighth inning will be safe with either of them.
Chamberlain also maintains the ability to max-out on every pitch because of the short work he will perform. As a starter, he will have to pace himself over six or seven innings with no guarantees that he will flirt with 100 mph.
Hank Steinbrenner is just making the transition from Joe Torre to Joe Girardi awkward and uncomfortable.
Besides the fact that he bashes Torre every chance he gets, for him to start barking orders to the media rather than internally, it just causes headaches and controversy for a team and organization that is trying to adjust to a new regime both on the field and in the office.
I completely understand his ideas on how Joba can evolve into the ace the Yankees have never had, but his immediate benefit lies in relief.
It will be interesting to see how this situation unfolds throughout the course of the season and if any decisions made now will ultimately affect the jobs of players and front office staff.