Saturday Rockpile: Jason Giambi has interviewed for the Rockies' managerial position; what's next?

Doug Pensinger

Jason Giambi interviewed for the Rockies' vacant managerial post on Thursday. Word is that the interview went well; will the Rockies pull the trigger on Giambi, or interview some outside candidates, provided there are any?

Giambi interviews with Rockies about managerial job | ColoradoRockies.com: News
Not-yet-retired Colorado Rockies first baseman Jason Giambi interviewed for the team's vacant managerial position on Thursday, per MLB.com's Thomas Harding.

In what I thought started as some really weird form of fandom and possibly even a joke has turned real. As real as it gets, actually, as Giambi appears to be the frontrunner for the position. As many have said, it may not be a bad thing; Robin Ventura and Mike Matheny had tremendous success at the helm of their respective clubs this season despite not having any previous experience.

However, to expect that kind of success out of Giambi, if he were to get the job, would be foolish. For reasons beyond what Giambi would be able to control, the Rockies have little shot of being a contender in 2013, unless the Giambino possesses some sort of magical power that allows him to make otherwise bad pitchers good.

So, where do the Rockies go from here? Do they interview guys such as Sandy Alomar Jr., Willie Randolph, Tim Wallach and others? Do they even know that the Rays' Dave Martinez, who might be the best option out there, exists? Do any of those guys, besides Randolph, who has stated that he would like an interview, even want the job? Let's hope that the Rockies don't automatically settle on Giambi just because a couple of other former players excelled in their managerial debuts. However, if there is another sound and logical reason why they want to pull the trigger on the veteran slugger, then so be it.

More links

Mikulik: 'It was time to move on' | The Asheville Citizen-Times | citizen-times.com
Former Asheville Tourists manager Joe Mikulik, who was fired from his position by the Colorado Rockies despite leading the Tourists to one of the best records in all of minor league baseball, had some interesting things to say to the local newspaper about the situation:

"It just wasn’t a good fit anymore. I had told them last year and again this season I wanted to move up in the organization, and they made it clear that wasn’t going to happen. I want to get to the major leagues, and it was never going to be with the Rockies. It was time to move on, so I wasn’t shocked when I was let go. I think I have earned and deserve bigger and better things."

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