Aside from Alex Rodriguez and Barry Bonds, Jason Giambi was one of the most prolific names attached to the steroid era in baseball. However, Giambi’s great career is now at a crossroads. The 18-year veteran will be interviewing for the open Colorado Rockies managerial position.
Giambi will have to choose whether or not to give up the bat. In his 18 years of play, Giambi has compiled 429 home runs, 1405 RBI and a slash line of .280/.403/.522. Giambi has played for three different teams over his career, and there are baseball people that think Giambi would make a good manager. If given the opportunity, Giambi would retire from the Rockies, who he played the last three years with, and become the manager of the club.
Giambi has some competition to fill-in the spot that was left open when Jim Tracy resigned. Former Montreal Expos manager Tom Runnells interview for the job last week, and said he was excited about the direction of the franchise. Triple-A manager Stu Cole is also a name that could be the manager, but he is more likely to become an assistant rather than a manager.
The Rockies have gotten progressively worse in the past three seasons. The team’s 64 wins in 2012 is the lowest since the team’s 67-win season in 2003 – this team is a lot different from the National League champions in 2007.
A lot of that comes from injuries: Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki missed a lot of time with a strained groin, and Carlos Gonzalez missed time with a strained wrist. The pitching staff needs to mature as well. It is still very young and most of the pitchers have not hit their peak yet.
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