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Joba Chamberlain at Risk for Breakdown According to Verducci Effect

arms are becoming a more and more precious commodity in baseball, and the Yankees, with Joba Chamberlain and Phil Hughes, have two of the better ones in baseball.

Protecting those arms has become paramount. That’s why the Yankees enacted the “Joba Rules” last year, and in 2010 we may even see the Phil-osophy. It’s about keeping Joba and Hughes healthy and out on the mound.

Last year the Yankees received a fair amount of criticism for not letting Joba just pitch and were blamed for his poor second half. But the team won a World Series, and he’s still healthy and primed for a strong 2010 season.

Or is he?

Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated came up with something called the Verducci Effect a couple of years ago. ...

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