During the eighth inning of an October 2007 playoff game in Cleveland, then-New York Yankees reliever Chamberlain was swarmed by small flying insects. He repeatedly called timeout in between melting down on the mound. He gave up the tying run on a wild pitch in a game the Yankees eventually lost in 11 innings.
After announcing that Chamberlain will get an invite to spring training, the Indians tweeted an apology for the incident.
We apologize sincerely, @Joba_44, about the bugs. They won't be back, we promise.— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) December 1, 2015
The burly right-hander has a 25-21 record with a 3.87 ERA in nine major league seasons. He was a highly touted prospect with the Yankees and had some productive years out of the bullpen before injuries and inconsistency led him out of the Bronx.
Chamberlain spent 2014 and part of last season with the Detroit Tigers before being released. He spent some time in the Toronto Blue Jays' minor league system, was released and signed with the Kansas City Royals. He made six appearances for the Royals and posted a 7.94 ERA. He did not pitch in the postseason.