- Brett Favre traded to the New York Jets:
Packers fans had better be prepared to deal with the growing pains of young, unproven quarterback Aaron Rodgers because if he gets off to a slow start while their hero is worshipped in the Big Apple and winning games, there's going to be a backlash against the Packers management team even if they were put into this impossible situation by Fav...ruh himself and his vacillating.
- Digging up the criticisms on Joba Chamberlain:
It is a reminder of what a lot of personnel men have been saying since the Yanks drafted Chamberlain with the 41st overall pick in June 2006. Those personnel men said Chamberlain's talent was well defined - top-of-the-draft obvious. But as one AL executive said echoing a common view, "There were just too many red flags with health." There was a knee injury in college and that violence at the end of his motion. So Chamberlain tumbled in the draft to the appreciative Yanks.
I didn't hear too many people commenting about his violent motion or talking about those "red flags" when Chamberlain was becoming a sensation, so why do it now with what is a relatively benign diagnosis for an over-the-top pitcher who throws as hard as Chamberlain does? His motion doesn't look overly stressful to me and we have to remember that the pitcher that Chamberlain is compared to most often----Roger Clemens----had injury problems early in his career before becoming the dominating and durable Rocket.
If anything, I think the Yankees have babied Chamberlain too much. It's one thing to abuse a pitcher and have him get hurt, but to keep him on a reasonable threshold without babying him is better than keeping him in a box to prevent injury. The Yankees couldn't have been more vigilant in their treatment of Chamberlain with their pitch counts, studies and whatever else and he still got hurt. Simply monitoring the pitcher and how he feels while keeping his innings within reason is better than not using him at all because he got hurt anyway. It seems that some of the Joba Rules were created to insulate the team from allegations of overusing the pitcher and that's not something that should be a concern because, as is proven with Chamberlain's trip to the disabled list, it didn't even work.
*I wrote a blog about tempering expectations for the Yankees young pitchers with comparisons to other young and touted pitching prodigies who succeeded and failed after last season----A Brief Step Backwards Toward Sanity 10/25/2007----if anyone's interested.