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Athletics release Jason Giambi

Posted on: August 7, 2009 1:53 pm
Edited on: August 7, 2009 2:29 pm

A lost season for the Oakland Athletics won't even come with the smallest of feel-good endings: The club released unproductive and oft-injured Jason Giambi on Friday, likely bringing to an end the career of one of the Athletics' most popular players in the late 1990s and early 2000s and one of the centerpieces of baseball's Steroid Era.

Giambi, a five-time American League All-Star and the 2000 AL MVP, was batting .193 with 11 homers and 40 RBI in 83 games this season. He was placed on the disabled list with a strained right quad on July 20. At the time, he had the lowest batting average in the majors among qualifiers and the fourth-lowest slugging percentage in the AL (.364).

"At the end of the day, where we were headed with some young guys and some guys we would like to see the rest of the season, we thought this was an opportune time to do this," Athletics vice-president and general manager Billy Beane said. "Jason struggled, and we thought it was time for us to see our young players."

One of those is Tommy Everidge, who has taken over as Oakland's everyday first baseman after a productive season at Triple-A Sacramento.

"Everyone knows Jason is a great guy," Beane said. "This is not something any of us envisioned. He was upbeat and, as he always does, he thanked us for everything."

Beane said Giambi indicated to him that he intends to continue playing. "I think Jason is one of those guys who will play as long as he possibly can," the GM said. However, given Giambi's lack of productivity, age (38) and nagging injuries, it's hard to see someone rushing to sign him.

There was very little interest in him on the free agent market last winter, and there was no interest in him at the trade deadline last month.

Giambi is a career .282 hitter with 407 homers (tied for 43rd on baseball's all-time list with Duke Snider). He spent eight seasons in Oakland (1995-2001 and 2009) and seven with the Yankees (2002-2008).

"This was difficult because of the person Jason is and his long, successful history here," Beane said. "He's somebody who everybody is very fond of, not just as a player, but as a person.

"These things are never easy."

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Since: Jun 18, 2009
Posted on: August 8, 2009 3:03 pm

Another Billy Blunder

When Billy Beane started trading away our starting pitching (Haren,Blanton,Harden and so on) for younger players i said why doesnt he let these kids develop then he trades 3 young players for Matt Holliday for what 4 month then trades Holliday for a player they should have drafted the year before.

He signs Giambi to the contract this year and a total bust. He trades Tim Hudson for 3 nobodys, Mark mulder was a good trade, But there have been more Billy blunders over the years than good trades. He signs Chavez instead of Tejada and we have been looking for a shortstop ever since.

 I could go on forever but When is Billy Beane going to be held responsible for all of his Blunders?

We have never won a championship under his watch.....we are the minor league develop team for the Major League. We Develop them and then He trades these guys away.

Everbody thinks this guy is a genius but i dont think he is even a good GM......Time for Billy to be held accountable for his piss poor job he has done the last 10 years.

Since: Jan 25, 2008
Posted on: August 8, 2009 10:10 am

Athletics release Jason Giambi

I guess this is a good example of how steroids can ruin a career.Actually, it's an example of how steroids can make a career.
Giambi probably was on track to being just another player in the history of MLB before he started juicing. All of his fame, accolades (MVP), and big $$ contract with the Yankees most likely the results of juicing.
There you go, kids... if you want to do anything in life, you've got to stick a needle in your butt.

Since: Jun 13, 2008
Posted on: August 8, 2009 6:16 am

Athletics release Jason Giambi

This is sad.You see it all the time in boxing,in football occasionally,& every once in a while in The American Pastime.With me being a big Yankee fan & big baseball fan in general it pains me to some unusual degree to see Jason Giambi out of the sport.I saw on Sportscenter that his agent,I believe,said Giambi will play baseball again.What I meant when saying its so sad in the opening of my comment is seeing a professional athlete hang on for to long.The reason I stated "it pains me in some unusual degree"is I never met the guy.Sure,I've seen him play & hit a number of home runs in Yankee Stadium but he made a fortune playing the game that I love.Presumably he also loved the game.I have mixed feelings about Jason.On one hand he was one of my favorite Yankees during his time here;on the other he cheated.I respect him a lot for coming clean about his use of banned substances.Who knows why he did it.Did he fear being 'outed',did he feel guilty,did someone have dirt on him?Only he & God knows for sure.His skills have declined obviously.Do I think that the 'juice' broke down his body?I think it definitely contributed to it.Let's just hope if & when he plays again he doesn't embarass himself. 

Since: Jun 17, 2008
Posted on: August 8, 2009 1:15 am

Athletics release Jason Giambi

My bad JBL4LIFE he had 569 lifetime careers so thanks for pointing out that I missed his career total by 31 HR's.  My point is still valid and given that you're an Illini fan you're the moron.  Were you one of the clowns that couldn't get into Illinois w/out the help of the trustees letting you in?

Keep up the great posts rookie and you'll continue to be a rookie. 

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: August 7, 2009 7:00 pm

Athletics release Giambi; CBS Members Act Stupid

Seriously, does this stuff make you guys feel better?

First of all: Yes, Jason Giambi took steroids, like A LOT of other players. 

He's also one of the few people to not go on a denying spree of embarrassing proportions.

I don't remember a press conference with the player's union reps, or him lying through his teeth, saying, "Oh, what a suprpise!  I'll have to find out what I took!"

Giambi was always a class guy and he was Comeback Player of the Year -- to all you retarts who said he never did squat after 2004.  Wake up: even teenagers can remember five years back.  He had a ton of big hits for the Yankees, clutch hits and walkoff homers.

By the way, does that poster really think Clemens and Bonds are not going to the Hall of Fame?  That's a stretch, pal.  Giambi won't go with 400 homers, but those guys are a little different.  You'll have to close the Hall, or suspend inductions for about 25 years, if that's the case, 'cause nobody's going if they're not.

That washup with the press conference at Yankee Stadium on Saturday -- Mr. "Ban them for a year if they're caught" Ortiz -- he certainly won't have to worry about the Hall; he never had a chance.  He was irrelevant before the juice and mediocre after.  When it's all said and he won't even have 400 home runs.

Since: Jul 16, 2009
Posted on: August 7, 2009 5:53 pm

Athletics release Jason Giambi

an ocasional pinch hitting appearance? he's hitting .193, i loved giambi, but would you want a guy hitting .193 pinch hitting for you? anytime you use a pinch hitter is in a big spot, .193, is not what you are looking for there

Since: Oct 1, 2007
Posted on: August 7, 2009 5:44 pm

Athletics release Jason Giambi

Yes, before you put the second foot in your mouth while the previous poster puts in up your arse, you need to check the record book before you speak.

Maybe he did not tell the truth, but Palmeiro did belt more than 600.

Since: May 4, 2008
Posted on: August 7, 2009 5:11 pm

Athletics release Jason Giambi

the tigers need a left handed power hitter but i would only take him if he was pumped up on steriods because he stinks without them how is that gay?

Since: Aug 10, 2007
Posted on: August 7, 2009 4:54 pm

Athletics release Jason Giambi

There's another  retiree who'll miss the HOF due to 'roids.  They're going to be lined up like cattle before long.  Ramirez, Rodriguez, Palmeiro...Bonds.....Clemens...

Since: Aug 21, 2008
Posted on: August 7, 2009 4:22 pm
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