Is he bigger this year?
If so, how much bigger?
Is it fat or muscle?
Did he pig out on cheeseburgers or work out in his home gym?
Is it upper body bulk or a beer gut?
These are the pressing issues of the Yankees’ spring training camp today. According to MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch:
Chamberlain’s weight became the talk of Yankees camp on Wednesday, as general manager Brian Cashman acknowledged that there were additional pounds on Chamberlain’s 6-foot-2 frame. He officially remains listed at 230 pounds.
Joba told the media – and he made it clear it was the last time he would address his weight – that, with the okay of the Yankees’ training director, he went out and bought a lot of fitness equipment and installed it in his new gym. Why would he lie about that?
I care if he came to spring training out of shape. I care if he thinks he should look like Bartolo Colon. I care if he doesn’t feel the need to perform at the highest level. But I think I’ll reserve judgment until I see how he pitches in actual ballgames this season. Isn’t that what really matters?
Yes, he’s made mistakes in his young life. Yes, he’s been jerked around by the organization. Yes, he’s underachieved, given his blazing 2007 debut. All that’s in the past. Now it’s time to give him a break, the benefit of the doubt, the chance to work with Larry Rothschild and hone his craft – and stop talking about his poundage.
Here’s what I tweeted earlier today:
“I don’t care how big Joba Chamberlain is as long as he does his job. Do employees in other businesses get weighed?”
I got some interesting tweets back. It seems that jockeys get weighed. So do the Rockettes. And flight attendants used to; nobody’s sure if they still do. I bet astronauts do too. But here was my point….I’m glad publishers don’t weigh authors before giving us contracts to write books. I would feel like a bag of broccoli.