Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Ian O'Connor and the Temple of The Bogeyman of Doom

200 innings or 80 innings?

The Bergen Record's Ian O'Connor falls on the completely indefensible side of the argument that the Yankees are better served with Joba Chamberlain in the 'pen rather than the rotation - not just now, but forever.

Normally, this is where I'd pick apart the article and point to where the author is completely wrong. I'm not going to do that this time, because the entire article is wrong.

Instead, I will sum up O'Connor's reasons for wanting to have 80 innings of Chamberlain instead of 200 for many seasons to come:

  • No longer as much of a "bogeyman"
  • Not as menacing
  • Blends in too much
  • Doesn't inspire unbridled dread in opposition
  • Fastball with vile intentions tamed
  • Was born to seek and destroy through late-night raids
  • Chamberlain is a reliever
  • Chamberlain is a devastating reliever
  • He requires three out adrenaline rushes
  • Joba should succeed Mariano Rivera
  • His mentality screams that he should be Jonathan Papelbon
  • Doesn't look like himself
  • Chamberlain is a manic slasher
  • He feeds on vulnerability and disappears into the night
  • He is too human
  • Does not inspire widespread panic

With well founded arguments like these, how could anyone disagree? My guess is O'Connor contacted Bill James for help in researching this factual and well researched treatise on how a player is best utilized.

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posted by Mr. Faded Glory @ 11:08 AM   1 comments


At 6/10/2008 5:13 PM, Blogger Rex Banner said...

Will people give it up with this 200>80 nonsense? If he's dominant as a starter it'll be worth it, which is why I think it's worth the risk to give him a shot. But until he proves himself it remains to be seen if those 200 innings are more valuable than the 80. Everyone is just assuming he'll be great, just like another young Yankee starter who hasn't won a game yet this year.


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