"No, it's time to be a dad,'' Chamberlain told the newspaper, when asked if he planned to attempt a return. He pitched out of the bullpen during the Yankees' run to a World Series title in the 2009 playoffs and was made a full-time reliever in 2010, continuing to pitch out of the bullpen for the remainder of his career. I bet he's not the only former Yankee who would have jumped at the chance to plunk Jeter though. Listen on Apple Podcasts | Spotify, © 2020 NYP Holdings, Inc. All Rights Reserved On August 7, 2007, New York Yankee Joba Chamberlain made his much anticipated debut against the Toronto Blue Jays. “I think everybody thought after that night he was the heir to Mariano [Rivera].’’. He was invited to spring training with the Milwaukee Brewers this year but was cut before the team began the 2017 regular season. He finishes his career 25-21 with a 3.81 ERA and 7 saves in 10 major league seasons, with stops in Detroit and Kansas City sandwiched between his time with the Yankees and Indians. The fact that all of the memorabilia used to belong to the former 10-year veteran as recently as last year. Per Omaha.com, an auction in South Lincoln, Nebraska this weekend will sell over 240 Chamberlain baseball cards, bobbleheads and other locker room nameplates, which include one from the Yankees’ last world championship in 2009. A fierce debate raged about whether he was a starter or a reliever. I know he's always been a big guy, but.....he's fucking huge. Or would it be too much to ask for him to stay off trampolines? The right-hander last pitched in the majors in 2016, when he was released by the Cleveland Indians. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images). At that time Joba was just initiating his MLB career but he decided to give birth to his first child, Carter chamberlain who has turned 9 years now. What Damon remembered about Chamberlain’s debut was the buzz it created and how much he meant to the final seven weeks. Former manager Joe Torre watched from the first-base dugout at Rogers Centre and instantly was impressed with a pitcher who worked at all three levels of the Yankees’ system in his first professional season. What happened to Joba Chamberlain? "Karter [11 years old] is in junior high, and obviously this year I got to see him play a lot. "Karter [11 years old] is in junior high, and obviously this year I got to see him play a lot. The time may have finally arrived. Chamberlain was instrumental in the Yankees’ run to the 2007 Wild Card title. Although Chamberlain excelled as a reliever, the Yankees viewed him as a starting pitcher. He looked major league ready, but brass still wanted to handle him with kid gloves. Ten years ago Monday, and in a lot of ways it seems like just yesterday Chamberlain forced New York to pay attention to a kid from Nebraska. Chamberlain showed flashes of his old self for the Cleveland Indians in 2016. He brought a lot of energy and we needed it … On August 30, 2007 Joba helped along the Yanks-Sox rivalry by throwing two pitches over the head of Kevin Youkilis. 2009 and 2010 became a wash with Chamberlain struggling throughout. The debate about Chamberlain’s best fit continued for months. Sitemap TAMPA, FL - MARCH 09: Pitcher Joba Chamberlain #62 of the New York Yankees pitches against the Atlanta Braves during a Grapefruit League Spring … Then in June of 2011, Chamberlain was placed on the disabled list and had Tommy John surgery. In 19 regular season appearances, he allowed only one run. Although Chamberlain’s struggles are rightfully blamed on the Yankees frequently rotating him between the starting rotation and the bullpen, he also struggled with injuries. “He was electric,’’ Jason Giambi recalled of the 21-year-old Chamberlain’s debut — in which he worked two innings, allowed one hit, walked two and struck out two. But, there was something about this young man from Nebraska that gave hope to… “There was a lot of hype, and rightfully so. 0 0 Hunter. Remember the Joba Chamberlain of 2007? Although Chamberlain excelled as a reliever, the Yankees viewed him as a starting pitcher. It wasn't a perfect start for Joba, he went 2.3 innings, gave up one earned run, walked four, and struck out three. Those who lobbied for Chamberlain to be a starter point to July 25, 2008, when he out-pitched Red Sox ace Josh Beckett in Fenway Park by throwing seven scoreless innings in which he allowed three hits, a walk and struck out nine. The right-hander last pitched in the majors in 2016, when he was released by the Cleveland Indians. I guess only time will tell. Hank Steinbrenner publicly called for Chamberlain to start while others believed he was suited more for the bullpen. Joba Chamberlain, with the Tigers in 2014 Getty Images “There was a lot of hype, and rightfully so. Injury fill-in Frazier homers for Yanks in '20 debut. Chamberlain ended the ninth by feeding Aaron Hill a 4-6-3 double play. He looks like a baby version of… Joba, the Yankees top prospect, breezed through the farm system, wowing everyone with his electric fastball, a pitch that has been known to hit the radar gun at 101. You have reached ESPN's Australian edition. Media and fans went crazy over the idea of Joba. New York lost the series in four games. Thanks for contacting us. Chamberlain went to spring training with the Brewers this year and was cut March 22. David Ortiz and Joba Chamberlain are both at CSE promoting Sharp and made an appearance on MSNBC's The Closing Bell. Unfortunately for Chamberlain, his excellent start wasn’t a sign of things to come and a promising career was derailed by injuries, mismanagement, and overall ineffectiveness. Not too long after he came back, Joba injured his shoulder and was placed on the 15 day DL, but this injury would turn out to be a lingerer. He pitched out of the bullpen during the Yankees' run to a World Series title in the 2009 playoffs and was made a full-time reliever in 2010, continuing to pitch out of the bullpen for the remainder of his career. The Steinbrenner’s messed with Chamberlain moving him from starter to reliever and back over and over again. We've received your submission. Joba’s raw passion, energy, and talent made him an instant fan favorite. Former first-round picks Ian Kennedy and Phil Hughes contributed to the starting rotation as rookies. 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Privacy Notice Per bank documents, Chamberlain still owed more than $900,000 in loans as of last October. Now, as mentioned before - I'm the last one to talk - but what happened to Chamberlain? Chamberlain spent seven seasons in the Bronx, across which he began as a starter before being converted to a reliever full-time. Not like Joba is putting guys on base on purpose in extras. Even though Joba ended the season with a dominant 0.38 ERA, his confidence was shaken during that fateful game in October. During that span, he finished 23-14 with a 3.85 ERA, 446 strikeouts and a 1.38 WHIP in 444.2 innings of work. Your favorite teams, topics, and players all on your favorite mobile devices. The anatomy of a 3-0 comeback, MLB Friday Takeaways: Dodgers deliver, beat Braves to earn Game 7, How MLB old school beat new: Inside the Astros' big inning that won Game 6, Passan: MLB's most wonderful 2020 playoffs moment? In hindsight, the Yankees may have regretted not parting ways with Chamberlain. It’s clear that the former Yankees pitcher is going through some rough financial times, and we wish him nothing but the best as he attempts to climb out of this hole. The 2007 New York Yankees were ready to change the narrative that they couldn’t develop young pitchers. Do you think this is just a temporary dip or is Joba not as great as some thought he would be? Save up to 65 percent on 28 refurbished Apple iPads, Fenty Beauty offers 25 percent off sitewide for Friends and Family Sale, H&M launches Jeans Redesign collection focused on sustainability, Lululemon offers up to 75 percent off apparel, accessories and more, Joe Biden's polling lead slips in wake of Post report on Hunter. If he doesn’t throw another pitch in the majors, his career ended where it started. But, right now it is appearing that the legend of Joba Chamberlain will be frozen in time during the 2007 season. The next season he pitched 157 1/3 innings, making 31 starts and going 9-6 with a 4.75 ERA. A career, which many believed should have turned out better than it did, began with Chamberlain striking out pinch-hitter Ray Oledo on a 3-2 pitch while working with a 9-2 cushion. “It didn’t look like he was afraid of anything and that was pretty cool. Your privacy is safe with us. Ten years later Chamberlain isn’t a starter or reliever, the midges are gone and the World Series ring he got in 2009 was well deserved after he appeared in 10 postseason games (three in the World Series) and posted a 2.84 ERA. When he was recovering from the elbow surgery, Chamberlain suffered an open dislocation of his right ankle by bouncing on a trampoline in April 2012. Of course, Chamberlain’s big league debut got lost in what followed. He brought a lot of energy and we needed it from a 21-year-old,’’ Damon said. Chamberlain was designated for assignment on Oct. 27, 2015, the same day as Game 1 of the 2015 World Series. https://t.co/jytoFBZS9B, — Lincoln Journal Star (@JournalStarNews) August 7, 2020. Then, there was Joba Chamberlain. He was an emotional kid who if you handed the ball to him every day he would take it.’’. On August 7, 2007, New York Yankee Joba Chamberlain made his much anticipated debut against the Toronto Blue Jays. Frankly, nothing good. Now, as mentioned before - I'm the last one to talk - but what happened to Chamberlain?