Thursday, October 16, 2014

Jason Giambi the Next Yankees Hitting Coach?

The New York Yankees are still without a hitting coach after firing long time hitting guru Kevin Long. Many names, nostalgic or not, have been named as possible replacements including Tino Martinez, Paul O'Neill, Jorge Posada, Hideki Matsui, Dante Bichette, Chili Davis, and others including former Yankees first baseman Jason Giambi.

Giambi was the Yankees first baseman replacing Tino Martinez from 2002-2008 as he passed the torch to Mark Teixeira and is still listed as an active player at age 43 with the Cleveland Indians. Giambi hit well during his major league career but his biggest asset was getting on base. Giambi will likely retire with a .399 OBP with 1,366 walks which is 32nd best all time. This is all before you consider his 440 career home runs and MVP Awards and hitting titles with the Oakland Athletics.

Giambi has quite the reputation with the players and has drawn praise from current manager Terry Francona in recent years for his leadership and coaching ability. Giambi has also been one of the few players that have used PED's, admitted it, and came back better and better for it in the league. If anyone can use Giambi as a mentor more than a coach isn't it Alex Rodriguez? A Rod, Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann, etc. already know how to hit but if they can learn something from Giambi I think he would be worth his weight in gold. Giambi could also be great teaching McCann and Mark Teixeira especially because he faced the shift, and went against the shift, for many years during his playing career.

Giambi was called a future manager by Terry Francona and could use the Yankees hitting coach position as a stepping stone for his ultimate goal. If the Yankees want to bring the Giambino back they have my vote of confidence.

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