I listened to sportstalk radio in the hours after Joba Chamberlain's latest meltdown. I heard the usual things that are said when Joba has a bad outing. They can be summed up this way: The Yankees ruined Joba Chamberlain. The Joba Rules messed with his mind and the poor guy is all screwed up. The Yankees ruined his career and ruined his life.
Of course, I'm exaggerating, but not by much. Fans and talkshow hosts alike seem to take delight in blaming the Yankees for the troubles Joba is having. They're wrong. The Yankees are no longer to blame. The Joba Rules are a thing of the past. Unlike before, Joba knows what role he has with the team. He no longer is being jerked around. He is the eighth inning guy.
If anyone is to blame at this point it is Joba himself. He is the one making bad pitches, not the people in the organization who came up with the Joba Rules. He is the one making the mistakes, and he is the one who has to fix them.