Former Yankees RHP Joba Chamberlain’s stuff is being auctioned.
Do you ever reminisce about Joba Chamberlain’s tenure with the New York Yankees and ponder what could’ve been if injuries and an overall poor management of his right arm hadn’t derailed his career?
We don’t mean to dampen the mood, but it’s an admittedly fitting vibe to the piece of news we’re about to reveal.
Per Omaha.com, an auction in South Lincoln, Nebraska this weekend will sell over 240 Chamberlain baseball cards, bobbleheads and other locker room nameplates, which include one from the Yankees’ last world championship in 2009. What’s so depressing about this? The fact that all of the memorabilia used to belong to the former 10-year veteran as recently as last year.
Unfortunately, the items being auctioned didn’t only contain Chamberlain’s baseball mementos — it also featured a myriad of regular (for the most part) household items.
According to the report, the laundry list included six televisions, over 20 pairs of Adidas sneakers, nine baseball gloves, kettlebells, poker chips, cooking utensils, popcorn machines (plural), and a Jagermeister shot machine, among HUNDREDS of other items.
As you might have expected based on the narrative of this story, the former first-round pick is selling his 4,000-square-foot home that he purchased for $1.15 million back in 2014 through a trust fund, just two years before his MLB career ended. Per bank documents, Chamberlain still owed more than $900,000 in loans as of last October.
Chamberlain spent seven seasons in the Bronx, across which he began as a starter before being converted to a reliever full-time. During that span, he finished 23-14 with a 3.85 ERA, 446 strikeouts and a 1.38 WHIP in 444.2 innings of work.
It’s clear that the former Yankees pitcher is going through some rough financial times, and we wish him nothing but the best as he attempts to climb out of this hole.