Joba Rules aren’t just for Joba, anymore

Yanks roll after days off
Game 122: Yanks hope to keep rolling in Beantown

I’m sure you remember the Joba Rules from 2007. Heck, you probably still have the shirt. I know I do. Well, it turns out those fun little rules that prevented Joba from throwing on back-to-back days has managed to sink their teeth into another young and promising arm, this time infecting Neftali Felix of the Rangers. I thought Nolan Ryan was against all this pitch count stuff?

Yanks roll after days off
Game 122: Yanks hope to keep rolling in Beantown
  • Dela G

    a little hypocritical by the rangers concerning their “new approach” on everyone else

    • Matt ACTY/BBD

      Eh, if I’m a Rangers fan, I’d take a little hypocrisy to protect Feliz’s arm.

  • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    Marge: Nolan Ryan, are you giving up on your religion?
    Nolan: NO! No, no, no, no, no. Well, yes.

    • Jamal G.

      Nolan: I’m not gonna lie to you, Marge. *pause* See you later, honey.

      • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside


      • Double-J

        *pause* NOT black…

  • Tony

    This isn’t hypocritical at all (no sarco).

    He’s a starter, not a reliever. There’s nothing weird or contradictory about treating him a little differently, even when considering the org’s approach to their young starters.

  • Zack

    So IF Nolan is actually in charge I wonder who had the guts to approach him to ask if they could restrict his usage, or Nolan Ryan has absolutely no say it what goes on and is just a face so they get credit with fans/media

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      I believe the guy who went to Nolan to ask for permission to limit Feliz’s workload was Rangers Deputy Junior Assistant GM Robin Ventura.

      • Double-J

        As in former NYY 3rd baseman Robin Ventura? Nifty.

      • Matt ACTY/BBD
        • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Ryan: Hey, Robin, get me a coffee, will ya?
          Ventura: I’m a little busy, here, Nolan, gimme a sec.
          Ventura: Sorry, sorry, sir. Coffee coming right up.
          Ryan: THAT’S RIGHT! EAST F$#&%ING COUNTY!!!!!

  • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    The other “Neftali Rule”: No going to seedy, pathetic strip clubs that respectable pervs wouldn’t be caught dead in.

    Only high-class strip clubs or none at all.

    • jsbrendog

      pro athletes have a reputation to uphold.

      making it rain in a seedy, pathetic strip club is like buying everyone dinner at dennys or something

      • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Speaking of which, I hope Neftali chooses to make it rain in the Gold Club of Dallas.

        They’ve got a promotion combining my two favorite things in the world: Strippers and omelettes. Nothing makes a strip club complete like a nice breakfast sunny-side up. (safe, surprisingly, but don’t navigate around to other pages on the site)

  • JSquared

    Feliz is going more than one inning most of the time though… Which is what i would’ve liked to have seen from Hughes… Rarely do you see a guy throw 2 innings and pitch the next day, you will see it, but not a lot.

  • Moshe Mandel

    I think this highlights the misconceptions people have about Ryan’s plan. He never said that they were going to just send guys out to pitch under any conditions. Rather, he said the goal was to build stamina, and to determine each individual’s stopping point, rather than just having uniform restrictions on everybody.

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Great. Next thing, you’re going to tell me that there aren’t really Death Panels in the health care reform plan.

      Well, I’m not gonna fall for that shit, buddy.

  • Drew

    They are totally babying Neftali.


  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    I wonder what the Strasburg rules will be, I think it is fairly obvious that the Nationals are going to protect his arm like he was the President of the United States.

    • Drew

      Well, he threw 97 innings last year and 109 innings this year. If he throws another 20ish innings before the end of the year, I guess he’ll be good for about 170 innings next year. Similar to Jober this year.

  • teixburnathia

    wagner claimed of waivers by red sox?!?!?!?!

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Saw that. It’s unfortunate, but whaddya gonna do?

      Perhaps Omar can still screw this up somehow…

      • Observer283

        This could be a problem down the stretch and/or if both teams make the playoffs.

        Are Cash and Omar buddies? Maybe Cash can give him a call and tell him to just pull him back?

        I guess it would have been really stupid for the Sox to let Wagner clear. If Wagner became a Yank, they would be that much harder to catch in the short term and that much harder to beat should the teams meet in the playoffs.

        • Lanny

          What makes you think that Cashman would shell out 3 mill or a prospect for him?

          He has that invested in Marte.

          • Nigel Incubator-Jones

            You make me smile.

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      yep, I’m surprised that it was as close to the Yankees as it was. I would like them to take a flier at least. I thought the Cubs were the best match for him.

  • Tony

    I would have NO problem with the Red Sox picking up Wagner. The man is gasoline incarnate in September and October.

    • Zack

      Theo is trying to make the most unhittable best bullpen ever worse to give other teams a fair shot

    • DF

      Wagner career, regular season and playoffs:

      Regular Season:
      819 IP, 555 hits, 1068 K’s, 270 BB’s, 2.40 ERA

      10.1 IP, 18 hits, 11 K’s, 1 BB, 9.58 ERA

      You can discount his large body of work if you want on the basis of 10 innings, but I think that’s a big mistake. He likely would have been a useful member of the pen.

      • Tony

        Remember when the Mets got embarrassed in consecutive seasons for blowing division/series leads? Wagner was a HUGE part of that.