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Jason Giambi now a “legitimate” candidate for Rockies gig

Oct 21, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

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Troy Renck, beat writer for the Denver Post, provides the scoop:

There are no misperceptions of his intentions. Jason Giambi wants to become the next manager of the Rockies.

He is willing to retire as a player to make this happen. He is willing to work within the framework of baseball’s most unusual infrastructure.

Giambi’s candidacy went from intriguing to legitimate after his impressive interview Thursday. He is expected to have another meeting, likely with general manager Dan O’Dowd and owner Dick Monfort.

Renck says the Rockies “aren’t even sure they will look at outside candidates anymore” because of how well Giambi has been received.

This all may seem a bit odd, but consider that the Cardinals’ Mike Matheny — who entered the season without a lick of managerial experience — has guided his team to within one victory of the World Series.

And Matheny’s hitting coach, Mark McGwire, is an admitted former steroid user just like Giambi.

  1. Old Gator - Oct 21, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    Enlighten me pray: aside from the breathing difficulty, what is it that makes the Rockies “baseball’s most unusual infrastructure”?

    • malowitz - Oct 21, 2012 at 2:00 PM

      For the Rockies, the manager has no say in personnel – they’re just in charge of the in-game decisions. Essentially the Rockies think they have a front office “manager” so the guy in the dugout won’t have as much responsibility. Here is one take on the situation.

      http://denver.sbnation.com/rockies/2012/10/14/3501702/rockies-manager-front-office

  2. phalatek6 - Oct 21, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    What is the need for inserting a steroid link between McGwire and Giambi? What does that have to do with anything? It is as useless a fact as that the same two played for the A’s or that they both wear facial hair.

    • vallewho - Oct 21, 2012 at 3:21 PM

      they get to write one more line.

    • fantasymoney - Oct 21, 2012 at 3:22 PM

      I was thinking the exact same thing when I finished reading. The last sentence is just some random fact sitting all by itself on an island somewhere that contributes absolutely nothing to the subject matter of the “article” by Mr. Silva. Get over the steroid crap already. It’s been beaten beyond death and taking jabs at every possible opportunity is L-A-M-E.

    • Gobias Industries - Oct 21, 2012 at 4:29 PM

      I *think* the point is, while in the past a lack of managerial experience was considered a major hurdle for a candidate like Giambi, it no longer necessarily is thanks to Mike Matheny. Likewise, while in the past an admission of steroid use was considered a major hurdle for a candidate like Giambi for a coaching staff position, it no longer necessarily is thanks to Mark McGwire.

  3. jelatin18 - Oct 21, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    Completely different situation than in St. Louis. The Cardinals took a chance on someone to manage their team. The Rockies are just looking for someone happy to sit in the dugout and do whatever Bill Geivett instructs via earpiece.

  4. proudlycanadian - Oct 21, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    Wouldn’t want Giambi to be an “illegitimate” candidate would we?

  5. APBA Guy - Oct 21, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    Until the Rockies can get several starting pitchers who can thrive in that ballpark, it won’t matter who the manager is. As an A’s fan, it would be fun to see Giambi managing, something I certainly never envisioned.

  6. willclarkgameface - Oct 21, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    and you all thought the Red Sox were the biggest idiots in baseball. Colorado is now #2 after the dopes in Miami.

    • natslady - Oct 21, 2012 at 4:30 PM

      Wait–I thought it was the Nationals. I’m having trouble figuring out this idiot’s idiots’ list. Oh, well.

  7. spellingcops - Oct 21, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    And there’s the typical hate filled diatribe from willclarkshateface…

    • Old Gator - Oct 21, 2012 at 3:35 PM

      Stupidity is often mistaken for hate. Willclarkgamepuss is a case in point.

      • RBIs Win Games - Oct 21, 2012 at 4:24 PM

        It’s possible to be stupid, hatefilled, hateful, and hated. Case in point–willclarkwhatever.

  8. aceshigh11 - Oct 21, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    Call me naive, but I kinda admire what Giambi’s done.

    He was an overgrown frat-boy who was on top of the world before his body broke down. He manned up to his steroid use…or at least manned up more than any player before him up to that point.

    He’s been toiling away in near-anonymity in Colorado, working on being a good teammate.

    Not saying he’d be a good manager, but his life took a very interesting turn.

  9. proudliberal85392 - Oct 21, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    Could be interesting.

  10. js20011041 - Oct 21, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    So, does the fact that the front office is so impressed with Giambi mean that he legitimately interviewed well, or does it mean that he is agreeable to being the puppet in the dugout? If that’s truly what the front office is looking for, it is a mistake. What they should do is find a candidate that is similar philisophically, and then give him free reign to manage the on field personnel. It should probably be more of a working relationship rather than a boss-employee relationship.

  11. surly1n1nd1anapol1s - Oct 21, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    The last sentence has no application to this article.

    • pdowdy83 - Oct 22, 2012 at 9:25 AM

      On some of the other stories on Giambi being a candidate for the job multiple commenters brought up the fact that he shouldn’t be a manager because he has ties to steroids. I think that is why that line was included in this story. It shows there is a precedent for a steroid guy to be in a dugout in a coaching position.

  12. bankboy2012 - Oct 21, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    He’s been there for there for 3+ seasons and had a lot of time to notice what was going on between the front office and the coaching staff. If he’s willing to deal with that and the front office wants him, make it happen. It may or may not work out, but it won’t be because either side didn’t know what they were getting into before hand. I doubt they’d be able to convince another “experienced” manager to step in given the limited say in personnel anyway.

  13. randygnyc - Oct 21, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    Js2000 giambi might be that guy. He’s been there for years and knows how things are done in Colorado. He may even agree with the philosophy. There are only 30 managerial jobs. There are some of them that would never consider giambi. His opportunity is very limited. He’d be willing to accept any chance, regardless of how limited, just to get his foot in the door, IMO. Heck, he may even prove to be a savant (unlikely). It’s his only real chance to ever get this type of opportunity.

  14. derklempner - Oct 21, 2012 at 8:54 PM

    “He is willing to retire as a player to make this happen.”

    I was kind of hoping he’d be the first player-manager in about 30 years. Oh well, I wish him luck in whatever role he’s in when he returns to the Rockies.

  15. dowhatifeellike - Oct 22, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    The only thing his hiring would legitimize is cheating your way up the ladder.

    The first time he benches someone for lack of production, he’ll lose the clubhouse. Given his history, he doesn’t have a leg to stand on when it comes to criticizing clean players.

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