Jason Giambi, who played 20 season for the Athletics, Yankees, Rockies and Indians, officially announced his retirement from baseball on Monday (via SB Nation). Giambi, now 44, calls it quits after a season in which he hit .133/.257/.267 with a pair of homers in 70 plate appearances for the Indians.
Giambi spent parts of four seasons with the Rockies and compiled a .248/.375/.452 line in part-time duty, mostly as a pinch-hitter with a bit of first base sprinkled in. He was, as friend of the Row Dan Lucero says, a fairly integral part of two of the funnest teams the club has ever had -- and a waste of a roster spot on a couple of rather depressing squads.
During the fun years, Giambi hit well down the stretch for a playoff team and later hit one of the more underrated regular season home runs in franchise history:
The owner of the legendary Golden Thong owned a rather robust 140 OPS+ for the Rockies in 2011, a rather dreary season for the team despite Giambi's success, which included a three-homer game against the Phillies in May.
Happy trails, Giambino. I'm sure we'll see you in a dugout again very soon.
Baseball Prospectus | 2015 Prospects: 2015 Organizational Rankings
The Rockies, with Jon Gray atop their organization, have the ninth-ranked farm system in MLB, per the BP prospect staff. Modesto is the must-see affiliate, with David Dahl, Kyle Freeland, Ryan McMahon and Raimel Tapia among the players likely to begin the season there. Fortunately for you, the readers, Modesto is one of three or four levels for which we expect to have enhanced coverage on Purple Row this season. You're welcome.
Monfort eager to see new-look Rockies in action | rockies.com
This headline is not from The Onion, believe it or not. Anyway, there are some quotes in there from Rockies owner Dick Monfort, who uses the word "platoon" in a not-fully-correct manner.
Rockies Mailbag: For starters, will Jeff Bridich ditch 100-pitch limit?
Judging by the type of pitchers the Rockies will employ, I don't think we'll be seeing too many instances of starters -- particularly younger ones -- eclipse 100 pitches in a game this season. Of course, that isn't always the worst thing. Pitching to contact, when done effectively, can result in a number of quick, 12-pitch innings. Getting deeper into games, and not necessarily throwing more pitches, should be the end goal here.
Also, how about the guy who complains about the Rockies signing Kyle Kendrick but then refers to him as a No. 3 starter? If Kendrick is a No. 3 starter then I'm not a burned-out dude in my 30s with a spotty beard and spottier motivation to add more to this Rockpile.