Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Joba's New Rules

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Joba's New Rules

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LAKELAND, Fla. - Part of the Detroit Tigers' 2014 schedule is already burned into Joba Chamberlain's brain.

"It'll be August. Four-game series. Monday through Thursday," Chamberlain said, rattling off the Tigers' trip to Yankee Stadium this season, Aug. 4-7.

And yet, Chamberlain hadn't checked the Grapefruit League schedule. He didn't know the Yankees were visiting Joker-Marchant Stadium on Friday until new teammate Anibal Sanchez told him.

From a nearby locker, Sanchez also kiddingly advised Chamberlain not to cry while the right-hander reminisced about his time in the Bronx - a phenomenal start that fizzled badly.

"It's good to see that he's healthy and feeling good," said Yankees manager Joe Girardi. "Maybe [the change will] be good for him."

Chamberlain did not pitch in Friday afternoon's 7-4 Yankees' victory, but he's got those August dates circled.

"I'd be lying if I said I wasn't looking forward to it," Chamberlain said of facing his old mates. "Some of those guys know me better than I know myself at times."

But who knew that Chamberlain would peak as a Yankee in the second half of 2007, with his meteoric ascension in relief?

Hank Steinbrenner's claim that Chamberlain, the starter, could be the Yanks' version of Josh Beckett never materialized. The Joba Rules couldn't prevent Chamberlain's elbow from giving way, leading to Tommy John surgery and a bumpy life in the bullpen - never to inherit Mariano Rivera's closer role.

"[He] came up and had a ton of success and went through some pretty serious injuries," said Girardi, who chatted amiably with Chamberlain during batting practice. "It was difficult on him and it was difficult on us because we had high expectations for him."

As he begins a new role as one of closer Joe Nathan's setup men, Chamberlain insists there are no regrets from his time in pinstripes. …

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