This was early in the 2007 season when Mike Mussina's fastball vanished, Phil Hughes' hamstring blew and Kei Igawa was quickly establishing himself as a mistake. The Yankees, injured and desperate, essentially ran a starting pitching tryout camp, but in the major leagues. There was Chase Wright one day and Tyler Clippard another. Matt Desalvo became Darrell Rasner became Jeff Karstens. A text popped up in early May from a scout I knew well. "I am watching the Yankees' best starter." The scout had covered the Yankees during spring training, but I was pretty sure he was in the Florida State League. So I asked if he was on special assignment somewhere. Nope. "Watching Joba Chamberlain, better than anyone the Yanks have right now."
Will Chamberlain ever live up to the promise of magical 2007?
New York Post | Mar 13