How do you get rid of pesky sports columnists? Turn off the porch light.
In brutally mocking the Rockies Walt Weiss hire, Bill Madden of the New York Daily News gives a taste of the more brutal mocking that would have occurred had the Rockies hired Jason Giambi. How could they even interview Giambi without being crazy? Madden and the unnamed NL general manager he talked to laugh out loud that the Rockies would consider Giambi, which by extension automatically makes Weiss the worst manager in the National League, apparently.
Giambi clearly gets short shrift by many in the media and apparently opposing front offices right now when it comes to his potential for coaching leadership, which is why the Rockies open hitting coach position should be strongly considered by him as the necessary bridge he'll need to cross that cognitive dissonance gap that he's facing with many front offices before getting another shot at some team's managerial post. Madden's article, of course, is inane as it neither shows that Giambi would have been a bad manager, nor does it show that Weiss is, as the only evidence is that the Rockies hired him so it must be so.
Giambi's candidacy for the hitting coach position would fit with all of the Rockies other internal interviewees getting promoted or maintaining their positions within the organization, as Tom Runnels stays the team's bench coach and Stu Cole is being looked at for the team's third base coach job.
I mistakenly clicked on a Mark Kiszla link today, hoping to find something worth the energy in pixels it briefly used on my monitor, but no, instead I found an article that's filled with typical sports columnist platitudes about winning culture and the one big lie he decides to give his readers today, that the Rockies think spending on an ace pitcher in free agency is a waste of money because the pitcher won't work at altitude. No, the Rockies think spending on an ace pitcher is a waste of money because the pitcher will demand a lot more of it to pitch at altitude. It's the inefficiency, stupid.
Christina Kahrl's take on the Weiss hire at ESPN is that it's a bit of a "double dog dare" escalation by the Rockies. Her piece also feels to have some of Madden's lean that if the Rockies front office is the one that's making the decision, it must be a poor decision. I should add that there's also a lot of misunderstanding when it comes to Weiss's one year contract, because if we should learn anything from the Rockies non-firings and lateral shifts in duties, this organization will be loyal to anybody that it takes on, the franchise's problem is almost the complete opposite of what's implied in this line of complaint.
My jaw kind of dropped when Aaron Goldstein of American Spectator points out that Weiss will be the MLB's first Jewish baseball manager. Given baseball's rich history of famous Jewish players, if this is true, it comes as a surprise to me despite the coinciding history of antisemitism in our culture, and within baseball itself at times. UPDATE - apparently Goldstein was wrong on at least one particular, Weiss being Jewish, only a minor detail in this, though.
Alan Johnson, once part of the magical trifecta (along with Greg Reynolds and Brandon Hynick) that would land the Rockies Roy Halladay, pitched all of 2012 with an independent Pennsylvania team in the Atlantic League, the Lancaster Barnstormers. Johnson had a good year for them. So too, did one of his teammates, Blake Gailen, who's now been signed by the Rockies on a minor league deal. It's almost like there's some sort of weird connecting web of not quite ready for prime time players that somehow hold the team together and if Colorado started looking at truly elite talent, it would be a sign that the universe was undergoing the big rip and we'd all be doomed.