Former major-league pitcher Joba Chamberlain appears to be in a financial rut. The ex-Yankee defaulted on his housing loan last fall with Pinnacle Bank claiming Chamberlain owed over $900,000. The bank took ownership of Chamberlain’s 3,934-square-foot house this past January and later went to court to have him shown off the premises.
The 34-year-old left his home essentially untouched with almost all of his belongings left behind. According to Peter Salter of the Lincoln Journal Star, the remaining items from Chamberlain’s former Omaha property were slated to be auctioned off Saturday. Everything from furniture, tools, appliances, watches, TVs and recreational vehicles will be sold.
Chamberlain, who bought his since-abandoned two-bedroom, five-bathroom residence for $1.15 million in 2014, also left behind a slew of memorabilia from his 10-year MLB career. That haul includes 249 baseball cards, countless bobbleheads, locker-room nameplates, nine baseball gloves, 21 pairs of Adidas athletic shoes, game-worn caps from each of his MLB destinations and even his letterman jacket from Lincoln Northeast High School. Also up for grabs are Chamberlain’s old dart boards, pool and shuffleboard tables, poker chips, kettlebells, a host of board games, popcorn and Jagermeister machines and a hot-dog bun-steamer.
The former Yankees, Tigers, Royals and Indians right-hander could not be reached for comment. Salter also notes that a nearby bar purchased by Chamberlain two years ago is no longer in business.
Selected as a supplemental first-round pick (41st overall) out of the University of Nebraska, Chamberlain never quite lived up to expectations but still enjoyed a reasonably productive career, compiling a 3.81 ERA over 385 MLB games including 43 starts. Before spending the latter part of his career as a journeyman, Chamberlain was a mainstay in the Yankees’ bullpen, helping the Bombers to a World Series title in 2009.
The 6’3,” 245-pound Chamberlain last pitched professionally in 2017, joining Milwaukee on a minor-league contract, though the Brewers cut him during spring training. He announced his retirement shortly after. Spotrac estimates Chamberlain earned about $13 million over his decade-long big-league tenure.