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Walt Weiss’ one-year contract played role in Jason Giambi turning down coaching job

Nov 13, 2012, 5:30 PM EST

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Jason Giambi turned down the Rockies’ offer to become a hitting coach, so today Colorado hired Dante Bichette to fill the job instead.

Troy Renck of the Denver Post talked to Giambi about why he decided against retiring as a player to begin a coaching career and the former MVP said “the timing wasn’t right” and first-year manager Walt Weiss having to work on a one-year contract played a part:

I really thought about it and if Walt had gotten more than a year on his contract maybe it would have been different. But I felt that he needed to get a foothold and have total focus and commitment from the guys. He really deserves it. If the team doesn’t start out the way they want, and I am in the background looming, it could be a PR nightmare. I am not that kind of human being.

That’s interesting, especially since Giambi has made it clear that he definitely wants to coach at some point and, at age 41, he’s nearing the end of the line as a player even if it sounds like he’ll be able to find a part-time/bench gig for 2013.

In giving Weiss a one-year deal the Rockies insisted that it was a non-story and didn’t represent a lack of commitment to someone with no professional coaching or managing experience, but it’s hard not to connect those dots and now the lack of a multi-year deal has had other ramifications.

All of which made me wonder about this scenario: What if Weiss does poorly in his first year and the Rockies decide to go in another direction after the season. Would they turn to Giambi, who interviewed for the manager job before Weiss was hired? And if so, would Giambi accept the job or would his aforementioned respect for Weiss keep him from doing so?

  1. klink6224 - Nov 13, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    It’s that kind of comment and attitude that leans heavily that he will be an excellent manager, at least on the player respect level. If that is indeed his reasoning for declining that is a very well thought out and measured decision. Gotta respect it

  2. IdahoMariner - Nov 13, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    i don’t think his respect for Weiss – or, more accurately, his respect for the position Weiss was put into – will or should stop him from accepting. Giambi is showing his respect now, when it counts, by backing him as a manager. If he is no longer the manager, nothing should prevent him from accepting — except he would have learned that he maybe would like a 2 year contract….

  3. dfh3456 - Nov 13, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    Make Giambi the manager, and bring in McGwire as the hitting coach. That I would watch.

  4. protius - Nov 14, 2012 at 3:28 AM

    WTG, Giambino.

    This guy is class, from cap to cleats. Clearly, he understood the situation, and he made the right decision; what a good role model he has become for every young player in MLB.

    He made some mistakes; he learned from them, and he got on with his life.

    I’m proud of you Jayson; keep on keepin’ on.

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