Reliever Joba Chamberlain last pitched for the Indians on July 3 last season. He signed a minor league deal with the Brewers in January this year but was released towards the end of March and hasn’t been heard from since.
As George A. King III of the New York Post reports, Chamberlain isn’t considering making a comeback and is instead focusing on being a dad. Referring to his son, Chamberlain said, “Karter is in junior high and obviously this year I got to see him play a lot. It was fun to watch. We went to Cooperstown [for a tournament] and that was fun for the boys.”
Chamberlain pitched 10 seasons in the majors, seven of which were spent with the Yankees. He compiled a 3.81 ERA over 555 1/3 innings and appeared in a postseason game 21 times. According to Baseball Reference, he earned nearly $11 million in his career.
There were a few exhibitions against college teams yesterday but today the Grapefruit League and Cactus League schedules begin in earnest, with big league teams, more or less, facing big league team, more or less.
The baseball will look like baseball, but the teams will be wearing different caps today: black caps with the maroon “SD” of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people were killed in a mass shooting on February 14.
All teams and umpire crews will wear the caps pre-game, and they have the option to wear the caps during the games. The only two teams not playing today — the Royals and Rangers — will wear them tomorrow.
After the games players will sign the caps and they will be auctioned off to raise money for the Broward Education Foundation, which benefits the official Stoneman Douglas Victims’ Fund.
Here’s today’s schedule: