So the Joba Chamberlain star-crossed era with the Yankees will apparently have the same sad ending as the Brien Taylor saga. Call it dumb and dumber for two Yankee golden-arm pitchers who threw away their careers with off-the-field hijinks. In Taylor's case, it was a fist fight in December of 1993, defending his brother in some rural hamlet in North Carolina, during which he dislocated his left shoulder, the same shoulder that had earned him a record $1.55 million bonus from the Yankees. He never saw the bright lights of New York, never heard the cheers at Yankee Stadium. At least Joba got to see those lights and hear those cheers, and for a fleeting few months back in 2007 he electrified the city as few pitchers ever have before — a lethal setup reliever to Mariano Rivera. Overnight Chamberlain became a cult figure, the subject of countless newspaper, magazine and TV features about this hulking kid out of the plains of Nebraska from a broken home, his mother a drug addict, raised by his wheelchair-bound dad. Beginning with his call-up from Triple-A in August of that year, the Yankees nurtured and protected him, instituting the famed "Joba Rules," preventing Joe Torre from using him on successive days. They would continue to nurture and protect him in subsequent seasons as they tried to figure out where his bright future was — starting or relieving — but it wasn't enough to prevent him from blowing out his elbow last June, requiring Tommy John surgery.
Joba Chamberlain only has himself to blame for potentially career-ending injury
New York Daily News | Mar 24