Jason Giambi
Professional baseball player
Jason Giambi
Jason Gilbert Giambi is an American professional baseball first baseman, who is a free agent. He was the American League MVP in 2000 while with the Oakland Athletics, and is a five-time All-Star who has led the American League in walks four times, in on base percentage three times, and in doubles and in slugging percentage once each, and won the Silver Slugger award twice. Giambi took performance-enhancing drugs during his career, for which use he has publicly apologized.
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New York Yankees: Ellsbury gives Bronx Bombers their money’s worth
isports web - almost 2 years
In a lineup full of aging, ultra-expensive players, one such hitter in the New York Yankees’ lineup has been meeting expectations. Jacoby Ellsbury, the speedy center fielder who started his career with the Red Sox, has turned in a remarkably strong first sixth of the 2015 season. Armed with a long tradition of success and a seemingly unlimited budget, the New York Yankees have always been one of the most aggressive teams in the free agent market. This has long been true; in the early days of free agency, the team, supported by the deep pockets of late owner George Steinbrenner, signed players like Catfish Hunter and Reggie Jackson, both of whom are considered to be Yankee greats. In subsequent years, players like Dave Winfield, Mike Mussina and Jason Giambi would follow in their footsteps. While the Yankees certainly don’t shy away from developing their own talent (see: Jeter, Derek), they’ve never hidden the fact that improving their roster by luring top talents with exorbitant su ...
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Boston Red Sox Rumors: David Ortiz — Yankees Behind Steroid Allegations, Maybe
The Inquisitor - almost 2 years
Boston Red Sox slugger David “Big Papi” Ortiz has been plagued by steroid rumors at least since 2009, when a confidential Major League Baseball drug test was leaked to The New York Times, naming the Dominican Republic-born designated hitter as one of more than 100 players who failed a screening for performance enhancing drugs six years earlier. Ortiz has long denied the allegations, saying that he has never even been told what drug it is he is alleged to have taken, and as the 39-year-old Boston fan favorite enters the final phase of his career, he is not only taking the offensive against the rumors that won’t go away — he says he has a pretty good idea of who started them in the first place. “The way it went down, the only thing I can think of is that it was a setup,” Ortiz told The Boston Globe Friday, referring to the 2009 leak that caught him flat-footed. “I really think they wanted to do damage to my image so it would be a distraction.” A distraction from what? At the tim ...
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Are the Boston Red Sox Thumbing Their Noses at Bud Selig?
Huffington Post Sports - about 3 years
Yesterday, the Boston Red Sox announced the three newest members of their storied Hall of Fame, the warmest, innermost circle in their legendary Boston creme pyre. The lucky trio are Nomar Garciappara, Pedro Martinez and Roger Clemens. As a Yankee fan, I say, congrats to all! By inducting Clemens, Boston seems to be bucking the Selig iron rule of baseball morality: that no player accused of using performance enhancing drugs shall be recognized for his past achievements. According to the National Sportswriters Sacred Code of Hypocrisy, Roger shall be closed out of Cooperstown, along with Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez, Rafael Palmeiro, Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire. No decision has been made on Jason Giambi, David Ortiz, Manny Ramirez, Bartolo Colon, et al -- and the avalanche of names still awaiting public disclosure, when a few years from now a cadre of destitute, or conscience-wear or attention-starved ex-players start writing their tell-all memoirs. (See CANSECO, Jose.) As a Yanke ...
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I'm So Really, Truly Sorry: The 24-Hour Apology Cable Channel
Huffington Post - about 3 years
MONDAY 8:00am -- Sincere or Insincere: Biochemically Analyzing Melissa Harris-Perry's Tears 1:00pm -- Learning How to Pre-Apologize for Something Stupid You Will Tweet in the Next Ten Minutes 2:00pm -- What the Top Politicians Will Wear This Spring When They Admit to Banging Interns 3:00pm -- Tips on Saying "I'm Sorry" Without Saying "I'm Sorry" 5:00pm -- Breaking News: A&E Apologizes for Surprising Controversial Remarks From Stars of New Show We Love Adolf Hitler and Everything He Stood For 8:00pm -- Shia LaBeouf Plagiarizes Nixon's "Checkers" Speech 9:00pm -- Mark Souder, Eric Massa, Tom Feeney, and Larry Craig Travel In a Van, Fighting Crime and Apologizing to Random Strangers 10:00pm -- America Apologizes for Dennis Rodman TUESDAY 8:00am -- How Eliot Spitzer and Anthony Weiner Had Shame Surgically Removed From Themselves 12:00pm -- Martin Bashir Auditions for QVC 1:00pm -- Adventures in Creative Preemptive Apologetic Career Saving With Chris Christie 2: ...
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The Hall of Fame Expansion Era Ballot
Huffington Post - over 3 years
As part of the increasingly complicated Hall of Fame selection process, there are five players on the expansion era ballot-Davey Concepcion, Steve Garvey, Tommy John, Dave Parker and Dan Quisenberry. There is an additional candidate, Joe Torre who is on the ballot as both a manager and a player. Torre stands out from the rest of these players because in addition to having a borderline Hall of Fame Career as a player, Torre also has four World Series victories as the manager of the New York Yankees from 1996-2000. It is therefore very likely that Torre will be elected, deservedly, based on his performance as a player and a manager. The other five are very interesting cases. From the period from roughly 1970-1985, they were all excellent players and frequent All Stars who played in a lot of post-seasons. There is also a strong narrative for each of these players. John was a solid pitcher for a long time who had a surgery named for him. Concepcion was one of the best shortstops of his er ...
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The Last Game at Yankee Stadium, September 21, 2008
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Now that baseball season has ended in New York, I'm in a hot-stove season funk. It feels like the boys of summer must still be playing, on these 80-degree days in Manhattan. Thinking about my team, the New York Yankees, and the way this year felt like conclusions all around -- Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte retiring, Derek Jeter injured, Alex Rodriguez facing a year and a half's suspension -- it's inevitable to remember the very last game at Yankee Stadium, if you were there. Here's what I thought at the time, five years ago.... Derek Jeter and Andy Pettitte, summer 2008 (photo by me) September 21, 2008. A gorgeous summery day in the Bronx. Sunshine, and scattered harmless clouds in the sky. The bat, its white-taped hilt towering above the rubble and fencing around its base. In the distance, beyond it, the ivory upsweep of Macombs Dam Bridge. A trio of flagpoles, with American, New York state, and National Park Service flags lying limp against them. The beige-khaki walls ...
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Gates Brown Dead: Former Tigers Outfielder Dies At 74
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
DETROIT -- Gates Brown, an outfielder who played his entire 13-year major league career with the Detroit Tigers, has died. He was 74. The team confirmed Brown's death Friday. Brown, jailed for armed robbery in Ohio before starting his baseball career, played on Detroit's 1968 team that won the World Series, and was part of another title with the Tigers in 1984 as a batting coach. Brown never played more than 125 games in a season, but he made a nice contribution during the title year of `68, when he hit .370 in 67 games. He ended up playing 1,051 games in his career, finishing with a .257 average and 84 home runs. His career with the Tigers began in 1963, a few years after his prison term. He'd been helped by a prison guard who had noticed his ability. He hit a career-high 15 home runs in 123 games in 1964 and was known for his pinch-hitting ability. In 1968, he hit two walk-off homers as a pinch-hitter against Boston. That feat – two pinch-hit, walk-off homers against the same ...
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Reed, Sox bullpen stumbling down the stretch
Chicago Times - over 3 years
Closer says recent frustration heightened because of team's lost season CLEVELAND — White Sox closer Addison Reed was relaxed Wednesday afternoon as he sat in the visitors' clubhouse at Progressive Field, a marked contrast to his state fewer than 24 hours earlier, when Indians pinch hitter Jason Giambi belted Reed's slider for a walk-off home run.     
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White Sox-Indians: Chicago Loses On Giambi's Walk-Off
Huffington Post - over 3 years
CLEVELAND -- CLEVELAND (AP) — The White Sox needed just one out: a lazy fly ball, three strikes, a line drive into someone's glove to end a long losing streak to the Indians. The win was close enough to touch. Jason Giambi put it out of reach. The 42-year-old connected for a two-run, pinch-hit homer off Addison Reed (5-4) with two outs in the ninth inning to give Cleveland its 13th straight win over Chicago, a stunning 5-4 victory that allowed the Indians to keep hold of the second AL wild-card playoff spot for another day. The White Sox had lost 94 previous times this season before Giambi connected. This one seemed to sting a little more. "I'm tired of saying this," said manager Robin Ventura after his team played in its 58th one-run game. "It's kind of indicative of our season. We just lost." Reed hung a 1-1 slider to Giambi, who belted it deep into the seats in right field for his 10th career walk-off homer and his second as a pinch-hitter this season. "It stinks," Reed s ...
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Giambi's walk-off blast gives Tribe big victory
Fox News - over 3 years
Jason Giambi turned a bitter Progressive Field crowd into a raucous mad house on Tuesday -- and maybe saved Cleveland's playoff fate in the process.
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Baseball's Steroid Silence: Suspect No Evil
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
For anyone who's paying attention, baseball is becoming more and more difficult to watch, to follow, to trust. But, despite a constant flow of vivid indications that the great game remains thoroughly corrupted by steroid abuse, almost no one who makes a living from professional baseball is paying attention. Coaches, managers, broadcasters and journalists have conspired, perhaps unconsciously, to believe that the old pastime has moved beyond its "steroid era." If they faced the reality that it obviously has not, they would, if they were entirely honest, consider walking away from a sport that has lost its integrity. Consider this, from the website of The Baltimore Sun: "There are a number of statistical undertones as Chris Davis continues one of the greatest offensive seasons in Orioles history. Davis has a strong chance of overtaking Brady Anderson's single-season franchise home run record (50 in 1996) . . . . Davis can also play a role in preventing Detroit Tigers star Miguel Cab ...
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Yanks' 'Evil Empire' Designation Dwindles With Each Passing Win
Huffington Post - over 3 years
On August 7, the Yankees were leaving Chicago in tatters. They had just been dealt a debilitating sweep at the hands of the AL Central's bottom-feeding White Sox, including a heartbreaking 12th-inning defeat in which Yankee relievers blew not one but two leads in the process. At 57-56 and 7 games back of the second wild card slot, the Bombers weren't just at the periphery of the AL playoff race -- they were beyond it. And, two-weeks-worth of games later, they hadn't even managed to make up much ground. Despite marginally improving their W-L ration to 64-59, they nevertheless remained a daunting 6.5 games back of that final playoff spot on August 20. Now they've erased that deficit to only 2.5 games. What's changed? Well certainly the pitching, for one. Ivan Nova has been nothing short of transcendent in recent weeks, winning the AL Pitcher of the Month after a 4-0, 2.08, 31 K performance through August. Andy Pettitte has emerged in rejuvenated form after battling a prolonged m ...
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Jaso still has concussion symptoms - will stay out
San Francisco Chronicle - over 3 years
"The good news is, I'll be back 100 percent, and the question is when?" said the A's catcher, who hasn't played since July 24 because of a concussion. Before visiting Collins, he tried playing catch and "started getting woozy and had balance problems." Manager Bob Melvin said the priority is for Jaso to make a full recovery, adding, "We certainly hold out hope for (a return this season), but I don't think anybody could predict that at this point." The A's opened a spot on their 40-man roster, perhaps for a catcher from another organization, by outrighting infielder Hiro Nakajima to Triple-A Sacramento, where he has been all season. Jason Giambi made his first visit to the Coliseum as an Indian, but he wasn't in the lineup for the series opener. Coco Crisp was out of the lineup for the fifth straight game, feeling the effects of a cortisone shot into his left wrist. Indians manager Terry Francona on the replay proposal: I wish they had the fifth umpire. John Shea is a San Francis ...
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American League Game Capsules
Fox News - over 3 years
Alex Avila clubbed the go-ahead three-run homer off Chris Perez in the ninth inning, and the Detroit Tigers posted their season-high ninth consecutive victory, 4-2, over the second-place Indians. Cleveland, which entered this big four-game set with an 11-game home winning streak, suffered its second loss in 12 overall contests. The Indians fell four games behind the Tigers in the AL Central. Corey Kluber pitched into the eighth inning, and the Indians got early runs on hits from Jason Giambi and Carlos Santana, but Perez (4-2) suffered his third blown save of the season and first since May 18 versus Seattle.
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Indians Beat Sox 3-2
Huffington Post - over 3 years
CLEVELAND -- Pinch-hitter Jason Giambi homered over the center field wall leading off the ninth inning to give the Cleveland Indians their fifth straight win, 3-2 over the Chicago White Sox. Giambi, batting for struggling Mark Reynolds, belted a 1-1 pitch from Ramon Troncoso (1-3) high over the wall and into the bushes in center. It was the 436th career homer and ninth career walk-off shot for the slugger, who had a bucket of water dumped over his head by teammates after the game. Chris Perez (3-1) pitched the ninth, allowing a two-out triple to Dayan Viciedo. He got out of the inning when left fielder Michael Brantley made a nice catch for the third out. The Indians moved within 2 1-2 games of the idle Detroit Tigers in the AL Central. The sinking White Sox have lost four straight and 10 of 13. Giambi's dramatic shot – and postgame bath – provided more memorable snapshots for the Indians, who are making a strong push as August approaches. Cleveland has w ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jason Giambi
  • 2015
    Age 44
    On February 16, 2015, Giambi announced his retirement.
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  • 2014
    Age 43
    On August 2, 2014 Giambi gave up his 25 jersey number to Jim Thome to have it unofficially retired by the Indians, Giambi switched his jersey number to 72 that day.
    More Details Hide Details On the jersey that he gave to Thome, Giambi put down a message to Thome saying " Jim, It was an honor to be the last person to wear your uniform number in Cleveland Indians history! – Jason Giambi" It was kept a secret from the fans, the players, Thome himself and his family, happening after Thome signed the 1-day contract and threw out the 1st pitch.
    Giambi was hit by an Edwin Jackson pitch on March 7, 2014.
    More Details Hide Details This resulted in a broken rib, and Giambi missed the first 18 games of the season. He was activated on April 21.
  • 2013
    Age 42
    Giambi was re-signed by the Indians on October 31, 2013 to a one-year minor league deal.
    More Details Hide Details The deal includes an invitation to Spring training.
    He broke his own record for oldest player to hit a walk-off home run in a season saving win for the Indians against the White Sox on September 24, 2013.
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    On July 29, 2013, Giambi became the oldest player to hit a walk-off home run.
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    The Cleveland Indians signed Giambi to a minor league contract on February 9, 2013.
    More Details Hide Details Giambi made the Indians major league roster following spring training.
  • 2012
    Age 41
    Giambi became a free agent after the 2012 season and was a finalist for the Rockies major league managerial opening, which eventually went to Walt Weiss.
    More Details Hide Details Giambi was offered the position of Colorado's hitting coach but turned it down.
  • 2011
    Age 40
    On May 19, 2011, against the Philadelphia Phillies, Giambi hit three home runs in one game, the first such game for him of his career.
    More Details Hide Details The three home runs came in his first three at-bats. Giambi is also the second oldest player to accomplish the feat; at age 41, Stan Musial was the oldest player to hit three home runs in one game on July 8, 1962.
    Giambi made the 2011 Opening Day roster out of spring training.
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    The Colorado Rockies announced on January 17, 2011 a deal to put Giambi in the team's minor league organization with a spring training invite for the 2011 season.
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  • 2010
    Age 39
    On January 23, 2010, Giambi reached an agreement to return to the Colorado Rockies.
    More Details Hide Details On September 12 Giambi hit a walk-off home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks, extending the winning streak for the Rockies to 10 games.
  • 2009
    Age 38
    His first RBI with the Rockies came in the form of a bases loaded walk in his first plate appearance on September 1, 2009, after being promoted to the club upon roster expansion earlier that day.
    More Details Hide Details That year he had many clutch hits which kept the Rockies in contention for the National League Wild Card. He quickly became a fan favorite in Colorado.
    Looking for a veteran bat to help their playoff push, the Rockies agreed to a deal with Giambi on August 23, 2009.
    More Details Hide Details He was assigned to their AAA affiliate, the Colorado Springs Sky Sox. Giambi chose to wear the number 23 for his jersey's number.
    On August 7, 2009, he was released by the A's.
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    On May 23, 2009, Giambi hit his 400th career home run in an 8–7 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
    More Details Hide Details He was placed on the disabled list on July 20. At the time he had the lowest batting average in the majors, and 4th-lowest slugging percentage in the American League.
    Giambi hit his first home run since returning to the Athletics on April 25, 2009.
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    On January 6, 2009, Giambi agreed to sign with the Oakland Athletics.
    More Details Hide Details He officially re-joined the A's the next day, and was given his old No. 16 jersey.
  • 2008
    Age 37
    However, on November 4, 2008, the Yankees declined their option on Giambi for the 2009 season making him a free agent.
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    He was also one of only three players to hit a home run while pinch hitting in 2008, and the only one to do it twice.
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    On September 21, 2008, Giambi recorded the final hit in Yankee Stadium, when he drove in Brett Gardner with an RBI single.
    More Details Hide Details Giambi ended the season with a home run every 14.3 at-bats, beating out Alex Rodriguez to lead the team by a small margin.
    On September 3, 2008, Giambi walked into a bathroom door in his hotel room while in Florida before playing against the Tampa Bay Rays.
    More Details Hide Details The accident caused him to split his eyelid open but he played through the injury later that night and went one for four with one RBI, helping the Yankees win game 2 of the series.
    Giambi got off to a horrible start in the 2008 season, hitting below .200 for more than a month.
    More Details Hide Details However, by June he had turned his season around and become one of the team's most productive players.
  • 2007
    Age 36
    Giambi apologized again on May 16, 2007, this time specifically for using steroids, and urged others in the sport to do the same. "I was wrong for using that stuff", he told USA Today. "What we should have done a long time ago was stand up—players, ownership, everybody—and said, 'We made a mistake.'" When asked why he used steroids, Giambi responded: "Maybe one day I'll talk about it, but not now."
    More Details Hide Details Giambi did speak with George J. Mitchell, after being forced to do so by Bud Selig. Subsequently, in December 2007, the Mitchell Report included Giambi along with his brother Jeremy Giambi, who also admitted to using steroids during his career. The prosecution in the Barry Bonds perjury case indicated they intended to call both Jason and Jeremy Giambi to testify against Bonds in his March 2009 trial.
    Giambi's numbers were down precipitously in the 2007 season due to an injury, in which he hit just .236 with 14 home runs and 39 RBIs.
    More Details Hide Details He played in just 83 games, 53 of which as a designated hitter.
  • 2006
    Age 35
    However, he was left off the 2006 American League All-Star roster.
    More Details Hide Details He finished the season leading the majors in walk percentage (19.8%) and leading the league in % Pitches Taken (64.4), 2nd in walks (110), hbp (16), and pitches seen per PA (4.37), 5th in at bats per home run (12.1), 6th in on-base percentage (.416), 7th in home runs (37) and slugging percentage (.558), 8th in intentional walks (12), and 9th in RBIs (113), despite playing in only 139 games (half of them at DH, and half at 1B) for the 2nd year in a row. He performed the unusual feat of having as many RBIs as hits, and for the 3rd time in his career had more walks than strikeouts.
    In 2006, Giambi was named the American League Player of the Month for April, hitting .344 with 9 home runs and driving in 27 runs.
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  • 2005
    Age 34
    In a press conference prior to the 2005 season, Giambi apologized publicly to the media and his fans, though he did not specifically state what for.
    More Details Hide Details The lawyer who illegally leaked the testimony later pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to 2 and a half years in prison.
    Towards the middle of the 2005 season, Giambi saw a resurgence in his career.
    More Details Hide Details On July 31, he hit his 300th career home run off of Esteban Yan of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. This was his 14th home run of the month, tying Mickey Mantle for the Yankee record for home runs in July. Giambi ended the 2005 season leading the major leagues in walk percentage (20.6%) and leading the American League in walks for the 4th time in his career (109), and in OBP for the 3rd time in his career (.440, as well as in fly ball percentage (47.7%); second in MLB to Todd Helton), and had an OPS of .975, placing him 5th in the AL. He hit 32 homers (10th in the league), the 7th time in his career in which he has hit 30 or more, and was 4th in HBP (19) and at-bats per home run (13.). Giambi was named the AL Comeback Player of the Year.
  • 2004
    Age 33
    That year, Giambi was voted in as the starting first baseman in the 2004 MLB All-Star Game despite finishing the year with a .208 batting average and just 12 home runs.
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    On July 30, 2004, test results confirmed that Giambi had a benign tumor, which placed him on the disabled list.
    More Details Hide Details He was treated for the tumor, and returned to the team and played in a game on September 14.
  • 2003
    Age 32
    Late in 2003, Giambi was named by FBI officers investigating the Bay Area Laboratory Co-operative (BALCO) as being one of the baseball players believed to have received anabolic steroids from trainer Greg Anderson.
    More Details Hide Details In December 2004, the San Francisco Chronicle reported it had seen Giambi's 2003 grand jury testimony in the BALCO investigation. The newspaper said that in his testimony, Giambi admitted to using several different steroids during the off-seasons from 2001 to 2003, and injecting himself with human growth hormone during the 2003 season.
    Although his average dipped to .250 in 2003, he led the league in walks (129) for the 3rd time in his career and in HBP (21) and percent of plate appearances that were walks (19.4%), maintained an extremely high on-base percentage (.412; 3rd in the league), hit 41 home runs (4th), and had 107 RBIs (8th).
    More Details Hide Details He was also second in the major leagues in fly ball percentage (52.0%). He remained one of the most patient hitters in the majors. At the same time, he also led the league in strikeouts (140), the only season that he has even been in the top 10 in the league in that category.
  • 2002
    Age 31
    Giambi married Kristian on February 2, 2002.
    More Details Hide Details His wife is the designer and owner of a lingerie and loungewear company called Brulee. Giambi is one of the owners of Casa Cielo (also owned by Scott Deskins of SCC Development in Austin, Texas) in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. It is an home on top of the Pedregal sign. He has a brother, former major-leaguer Jeremy Giambi, and a sister named Julie. He makes his home in Henderson, Nevada. Giambi has appeared as the featured athlete on the cover of several video games throughout his career. Giambi has also been featured as a playable character in Backyard Baseball 2001.
    Giambi continued slugging with New York in 2002.
    More Details Hide Details He led the league for the 2nd consecutive year in times on base (300), had 109 walks (2nd), was 3rd in the league with both a .435 obp and 15 HBP, had 41 home runs (4th), 120 runs (4th; a career high), and a .598 slugging percentage (4th), knocked in 122 runs (5th), and batted .314 (6th). He came in 5th in AL MVP voting, and again won the Silver Slugger Award. He also hit an "ultimate grand slam"—a walk-off grand slam against the Twins in a rain-soaked extra-inning game, that won that game 13–12.
  • 2001
    Age 30
    On December 13, 2001, Giambi signed a 7-year $120-million deal with the New York Yankees.
    More Details Hide Details In line with Yankee team rules, Giambi cut his long hair and shaved his goatee. The signing upset many Athletics fans, who felt betrayed by the departure of their team leader. Giambi became an object of the A's fans' wrath whenever New York visited Oakland. During a game on May 14, 2005, he was hit with a beer thrown by an unruly fan on his way back to the dugout.
    His 2001 season was nearly identical.
    More Details Hide Details He led the league for the second year in a row in both on-base percentage (.477; a career best, and still the highest OBP in the AL since 1995) and walks (129). He also led the league in slugging percentage (.660; a career best), doubles (47; a career high), times on base (320), and extra base hits (87). He batted .342 (2nd in the American League; a career high) with 38 homers (7th), 109 runs (6th), and 120 RBIs (8th). He was second in the league in intentional walks (24), the only time in his career that he was in the top 10 in this category. He finished a close second in MVP voting to Ichiro Suzuki, and won the Silver Slugger Award. Both years, he led the Athletics to the post-season, both times losing in the American League Division Series to the New York Yankees in five games.
  • 2000
    Age 29
    In the 2000 season he led the league in on-base percentage (.476; leading the majors) and walks (137; a personal high and still the most walks in the AL since 1991).
    More Details Hide Details He hit .333 (7th in the league) with 43 homers (2nd; a career high), 137 RBIs (4th; a career high), 108 runs (10th), and a .647 slugging percentage (3rd). Giambi narrowly won the American League Most Valuable Player Award over Frank Thomas.
  • 1999
    Age 28
    In 1999, Giambi hit .315 with 33 homers, 105 walks (2nd in the league), and 123 RBIs (6th).
    More Details Hide Details He came in 8th in MLB Most Valuable Player Award voting.
  • 1998
    Age 27
    Giambi led the team in 1998 with 27 home runs, 110 runs batted ins and a .295 batting average.
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  • 1997
    Age 26
    Originally used occasionally as an outfielder, third baseman, and first baseman, Giambi assumed the full-time first base job upon the trade of Mark McGwire to the St. Louis Cardinals in 1997.
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  • 1995
    Age 24
    Giambi made his major league debut with the Athletics in 1995.
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  • 1993
    Age 22
    He then spent the 1993 season playing for the Modesto A's, the Oakland Athletics' single A farm team.
    More Details Hide Details Giambi also played for the Huntsville Stars in the Southern League.
    The Athletics invited Giambi to spring training in 1993.
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  • 1992
    Age 21
    He was a member of the fourth place United States national baseball team at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona.
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    The Oakland Athletics selected Giambi in the second round of the 1992 Major League Baseball draft.
    More Details Hide Details He started his career that year with the short season single A Northwest League's Southern Oregon A's, where he hit .317 in 13 games.
  • 1989
    Age 18
    Giambi was selected in the 43rd round (1,118th overall) by the Milwaukee Brewers during the 1989 MLB draft.
    More Details Hide Details He did not sign and went on to attend college. Giambi attended Long Beach State University, where he played college baseball for the Long Beach State 49ers baseball team. Giambi played collegiate summer baseball for the Alaska Goldpanners, in the Alaska Baseball League.
  • 1971
    Age 0
    Born on January 8, 1971.
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