Hey! Where are all of the "Joba is going to be the ace of the Yankee staff as a starter" people now?
I am looking at YOU Chris DeLuca.
There is cause to fire Brian Cashman, the Yankees scouting and coaching department including Joe Girardi.
Because they were handed a pitcher with tremendous talent and a larger than life personality and was the clear heir apparent for Mariano Rivera. They turned him into a carefully handed middle reliever... then a mediocre starter... then an ineffective mop up man... and now is broken down and maybe be done.
I wonder if he could have been used as bait for Cliff Lee when Lee was traded three times between 2009 and 2010.
Try getting a Cliff BAR for him now.
This isn't hindsight being 20-20.
I've been saying this has been insane since the beginning of the 2008 season.
If George were still alive and he found out that the organization torpedoed the most talented pitcher the organization has developed in a generation, there would be many bodies to dump out.
And Cashman has the nerve to say he doesn't regret the Joba Rules.
He says the rules are common in the organization.
Even MORE reason to start firing people!
Think about it this way...
In 2007 the Yankees had Chein Ming Wang, who in his third year had developed into a 27 year old front line starter, winning 19 games in back to back seasons.
They had the talented Phil Hughes, a 21 year old with great stuff and of course 21 year old Joba Chamberlain who electrified the fan base and gave the bullpen unstoppable depth.
It's now 2011. All three are broken down.
The Red Sox have had young pitchers like Jon Lester and Jonathan Papelbon and Clay Buchholz who have had lots of injuries. (Lester had freaking CANCER!)
And somehow they were all able to not break down. And none of them are as big and strong as Joba.
Mission Accomplished, Yankees.
The Joba controversy has been solved.
How about neither.