Girardi on Joba’s role in 2011:

“We consider him a bullpen guy in the back end of the bullpen.”

Yankee Starting Pitcher Development Strategy:

1. Draft collegiate starter with early-round draft pick.
2. After dominating minors as a starter, make into reliever.
3. Remind reliever that he is a starter.
4. Make reliever into reliever/starter.
5. Remind reliever/starter that he is a starter.
6. Make reliever/starter into starter.
7. Remind starter that he is a starter.
7. Make starter into reliever.
8. Tell reliever that he is now a reliever.

The perfect plan.


There will be no glory for Joba as a starting pitcher in New York.