Joba Chamberlain: the Next Dave Righetti?

John GrayCorrespondent IMay 26, 2008

As a Red Sox fan, I am truly excited by the Yankees' indecisiveness with Joba. Hopefully, they will again weaken a great arm as they did with Dave Righetti.

Righetti was an electric softpaw, Rookie of the Year, and also threw a no-hitter against the Red Sox, but the Yankees flipped him into the bullpen. 

He was successful for a few years, but aside from 1984 and 1986, he was only good, never great. His potential was so high that in the mid-1980s, it was reported that a Japanese team offered him a record two year, $9 million contract.

From a Red Sox fan perspective, I would not mind if they flip-flopped Joba a few times into mediocrity.

If the Yankees were smart, they would have kept Righetti as a starter, and now they would keep Joba in the bullpen to inherit the closer role from Riveria.  Hopefully, the Yankees continue their lackluster 2008 season.