Joba Chamberlain sticks tongue out at Derek Jeter, hits him (Video)

Joba-ChamberlainJoba Chamberlain playfully stuck his tongue out at his former teammate Derek Jeter during Tuesday night’s game between the Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees. In hindsight, Chamberlain probably wishes he didn’t do that. Why? Because now he looks bad.

A couple of pitches after Chamberlain stuck his tongue out at Jeter, he ran a fastball up and in and him and hit the Yankee captain on the elbow. The game was tied 3-3 in the 10th inning at the time, so I highly doubt Joba did it on purpose. But of course, people are talking.

Chamberlain appeared to say “my bad” after plunking Jeter. Joba ended up pitching 1 1/3 hitless innings and helping the Tigers win in 12 innings. I’m sure there are no hard feelings between him and Jeter.

GIF via The Big Lead

The Detroit Tigers wore Zubaz pants bought by Joba Chamberlain


If you’ve ever wanted to see Victor Martinez, Joba Chamberlain, Bryan Holaday, Rajai Davis, and Torii Hunter in Zubaz pants, you can thank Chamberlain for the above picture.

The former Yankees pitcher bought some of the pants regularly seen during the early ’90s for his teammates and you can see why they’re best left in the ’90s.

There are a few things to take note of in the picture, like Martinez’s hat and the matching headbands Holaday and Davis are sporting. Torii Hunter looks extremely enthused to be wearing the Zubaz pants and Victor Martinez has a look on his face like he’s wondering how he got talked into it. Meanwhile, Chamberlain dares you to tell him this wasn’t a good idea.

Then there’s the photobomb by Joe Nathan, which is pretty great.

And because one photo isn’t enough, here’s another.

Photo via Twitter/Joba_44

Joba Chamberlain turned Tommy John scar into happy face tattoo

And the award for most creative use of a Tommy John scar goes to … Joba Chamberlain:

I was dying in tears for a few minutes after seeing that. Too darn funny.

On a related note, Joba has lost weight, and now that he’s no longer with the New York Yankees, he’s free to grow facial hair. Joba now has a beard and some say he has cultivated a hipster look:

Joba Chamberlain

Is that a relief pitcher or your European history teacher at the local university?

Chamberlain had Tommy John surgery on his elbow in 2011 and didn’t return to the Yankees until Aug. 2012.

Joba Chamberlain has lost weight, is pumped he can rock a beard

Joba-Chamberlain-dislocates-ankle-on-trampolineJoba Chamberlain was once one of the most effective relievers in baseball. At one point, people were even speculating that he could be the heir to the Mariano Rivera throne for the New York Yankees. A combination of injuries and ineffectiveness has put a stop to that talk, and the Detroit Tigers are now hoping Chamberlain can return to form in 2014.

Chamberlain has lost about 15 pounds since last season. He claims he feels healthier than ever.

“I’ve probably lost 15, 20 pounds,” he told George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press. “But it’s good weight. It’s one of those things, now just being healthy and not having to worry about my ankle, now worrying about my elbow, just doing the things I need, it’s been a great off-season.”

Joba now has a personal cook to prepare his meals, and he is also feeling great about an addition to his body that would never have been possible in New York — a grizzly beard.

We know the stuff is there, but Chamberlain needs to stay healthy if he ever wants to be an effective back-end reliever again. Keeping some weight off should help.

H/T Big League Stew

Joba Chamberlain knocked out of game by flying broken bat (Video)

Joba Chamberlain left Game 4 of the ALDS between the Yankees and Orioles in the 12th inning after being hit on the elbow by a broken bat.

The Yankees reliever rolled in his first inning of work and was looking to pitch a second inning when he was hit. Chamberlain’s second pitch to Matt Wieters splintered the Orioles catcher’s bat, and a large chunk went flying to the mound where it hit Chamberlain in the elbow.

X-rays on Chamberlain’s elbow came back negative, and the team says he has a contusion.

It’s hard to say if his early exit cost the team, but the way he was pitching he could have gone two or three innings. That may have delayed David Phelps’ entrance into the game. Phelps took the loss after surrendering two doubles in the 13th.

Between this and the freak accident in March, it’s safe to say it’s not Chamberlain’s year.

Yankees hopeful Joba Chamberlain can return to pitching this season

After Joba Chamberlain‘s trampoline injury to trump all trampoline injuries, there was much doubt as to whether the Yankees pitcher would be able to pitch this season or even again in his career. Chamberlain suffered an open dislocation and torn ligaments in his right ankle while playing with his son. And while examinations revealed no microfractures, doctors are still keeping an eye on whether any infections develop. Meanwhile, the Yankees are remaining optimisitc (perhaps overly optimistic) that Chamberlain can return to pitching in July at the earliest.

“That’s the optimistic side,” Yanks GM Brian Cashman said Saturday, according to MLB.com. “The way I work this stuff, my mindset is, until they’re close to knocking on the door, I [don't worry about it]. Obviously, in Joba’s case, it’s still a question of when he comes back. I just hope we’re in a position where he can come back.”

Manager Joe Girardi has a more hopeful tone.

“Well, if you’re talking July 1 to July 15 to July 25, there’s a big difference there,” he said. “He’s going to be in a cast, I think, for six weeks. Then you start rehabbing. Six weeks is going to take you to, what, May 10? So I don’t necessarily think that’s out of the question.”

Keep in mind this is just talk about getting him back to pitching off a mound, not throwing in a game. The club already expected to be without Chamberlain until June as he was recovering from Tommy John surgery. This  new injury is obviously a major setback for him, given that the right ankle is on his push-off leg. Right now, it’s probably best not to speculate when he’ll return until he actually gets back to walking on his own and jumping on trampolines again.

H/T Eye on Baseball
Photo credit: Kim Klement, US Presswire

Joba Chamberlain suffers ‘significant injury’ after dislocating his ankle jumping on the tramploline with his son

As expected, the bizarre injuries have been piling up all throughout spring training for various MLB teams. For the most part, the damage has been minor. Unfortunately for the Yankees and Joba Chamberlain, that was not the case on Thursday.

“Joba Chamberlain dislocated right ankle yesterday and had surgery last night,” Jack Curry of the YES Network wrote on Twitter Friday morning. “(Brian) Cashman called it a significant injury. Cashman said Joba injured himself while playing with his son. They were jumping around on a ‘trampoline’ of sorts.

“When Cashman was asked if Joba’s injury was career threatening, he said, ‘I’d’ like to say no. My heart and my gut tell me no,'” Curry continued. “Cashman said he feels for Joba on a personal level. He added that its a ‘massive’ loss for the team.”

Judging by the way Curry described Cashman’s tone, this is obviously a very significant injury. Curry added that it is not believed that Chamberlain’s son was injured, and that Cashman was noticeably “shaken” when delivering the news.

We joke about other strange injuries like this one and this one — which both happened over the past few weeks — but you hate to see something like this happen. Joba was reportedly making good progress in his return from Tommy John surgery, and the ankle injury is obviously going to be a major setback for him. With the way it sounds at the moment, it wouldn’t be surprising if Chamberlain misses all of 2012.

H/T Hardball Talk