Jason Giambi: Designated Walker

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FoldingWalker.jpgWhen the A's released tarnished slugger Jason Giambi towards the end of August, many tall foreheads and assorted baseball watchers left the big lefty for dead. The stench of performance enhancing steroids hung over the former Giambino and his precipitous offensive drop-off.

While many clucked their tongues and derided the Dan O'Dowd's insurance acquisition as a waste of time, a select group of elite thinkers could see good(ish) things in Giambi's future. That is right; three members of the Walkoff Walk editorial team predicted, with alarming prescience, the resurgence of Jason Giambi: designated walker.

During the August 24th edition of the Walkoff Walk Furious Five Podcast, Rob, Dmac, and myself discussed the potential role for Giambi with the Rockies. Here is a sampling of our quotes on the matter:

  • All that's going to happen is they're going to bring in the lefty reliever and he's going to walk

  • ...is he going to produce any value or is he just going to walk a lot?

  • If he's going to come in and he's going to draw a walk, that's okay especially in the National League.

  • There is always that threat...he can still run into a fastball and then you're behind

And what has Jason Giambi done since joining the Rockies? He's walked. Walked like a retiree before the mall opens. The once lavishly paid slugger has only made 3 starts in September but so far has 7 walks in 22 plate appearances at the big league level, 4 in his 9 pinch hit chances. That is good for a .591 on base percentage and a 31.8% BB rate. He even notched tater tots in back-to-back games this weekend, raising his Rockies' OPS to an alarming 1.458.

Even more alarming? That we idiots three called it. We could see value in Giambi's ability to convert 50% of his pinch hit chances with a modicum of success. I predict we'll each be fielding numerous calls from big league front office's looking to gain the edge of our baseball acumen flying under their respective flags. Don't expect us to come running though. Like Jason Giambi, we'll just walk.


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14 Comments

Weird, comments were not enabled for this post for the past 15 minutes. Y'all, I think Drew is trying to muzzle the proletariat!

It's part of our move to the big time. WE MUST KEEP ALL CORRESPONDENCE ON MESSAGE

Drew was just trying to keep us from making more mustache jokes.

IF YOU DON'T LIKE MUSTACHE AND COSTUME JOKES, DON'T KEEP WRITING ABOUT PEOPLE FAMOUS FOR THEIR MUSTACHES AND/OR COSTUMES

But Drew called us restrained.

Also, I wasn't aware that you guys could disable comments. Why wouldn't you just do that every time?

I'm all for mustache jokes and was more making fun of Bobby Valentine's legacy than anything. I was going to make the same joke to Rob in the breakroom as I read the piece but writer guy beat me do it.

JASON GIAMBI WORE A PROUD EYETALIAN MUSTACHE

@njpanick

And cut off the voice of the unwashed masses?! That, sir, is un-American, and I, for one, will not, and refuse to, stand for it.

Sweet. 7 commas in one sentence...

HEY BUSTERS ITS CHOPPER

BIBBY COXX LOANED ME HIS IPOHNE AND I WENT TO YOUR WEBPLOG TO SEE IF THE WI-DI WORKED IN THE CLUNHOUSE AND IT DOES SO THATS GOID

ANYWASY NOW I SEE SOMR NONSENSE ABOIUT NOT BEIN ABEL TO COMMENT HEER ANYMORE AND I GOTTA SAY THATS FUBAR I MEAN COME ON WHO WOULD RED THIS PAGESITE IF THEY COULDNT WEIHG IN NOT ME THATS FOR SUTRE

SORRY FOR THE BAD SPEELING ON MY POST BOBBYS PHONE IS COVERED IN SAUCE AND I AM ALSO WEARING A FRIST BASEMANS MITTT

Why wouldn't you just do that every time?

Sometimes, only the random tumbleweed blows through my early morning thoughtful pieces. It's almost as if I had turned off comments.

I bet Giambi owns a "free mustache rides" t-shirt.

@UU

It says "Skanks Need Not Apply" on the back

more importantly will there be a NY-LA liveglog today?

I was wondering when Chopper would get around to giving us the scoop on Bobby's phone.

Anyword on if the Skip is coming back?

I took notes to prepare for this podcast. See, kids, doing your homework pays off.

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