One non-weight note about Joba Chamberlain: He’s made a small adjustment with his hands during his delivery. “When I talked to (Larry Rothschild) about the idea, he said yeah, that was one of the things that I noticed,” Chamberlain said. “Just my hands traveling away from the center of my body, and that’s when your hand doesn’t catch up. And that’s where they were when I first got called up. I thought I’d go back and try that to get away from my hands being back up here because I bounce a lot and don’t get over the rubber.”
The thing I like about the Yankees changing their pitching coach in the offseason is that they get a fresh set of eyes looking at their pitching staff. New pitching coach Rothschild has a reputation for helping pitchers improve their strikeout totals and it is small stuff like where a guys hands are that can sometimes trigger that.
Something like this is probably nothing major though. It may help in a way we won’t see or it just might not take. It’s also possible that Rothschild plays a big role in helping him mature as a pitcher. Step one is improving his mechanics.