In baseball, a gut can still lead to glory

Chew on this, Joba Chamberlain haters: Plenty of portly pitchers have eaten major league hitters for dinner.

Updated: February 18, 2011, 11:56 AM ET

So Yankees reliever Joba Chamberlain was already on the bubble when it comes to making the final roster, and he now stands accused of showing up for spring training this week sporting some new flab on his abs, some extra junk in his trunk and the sort of love handles that have nothing to do with celebrating Valentine's Day on Monday.

Granted, it's not the greatest career move Chamberlain could have made. But even the Jets' Rex Ryan, New York's most notable endorser of lap band surgery, ...

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