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May 10, 2005

Drawing The Line For Jason Giambi

In the YES post-game coverage last night, David Justice said that Jason Giambi is not able to catch up with fastballs. This is not new. It's been a year since Giambi was an effective hitter. Since June 1st of last year, he's been a bust. Therefore, Giambi's lack of performance during the first 6 weeks of this season should be not a total shock.

Right now, Giambi is a scarecrow in the batter's box and he's running the bases like Mr. Stay Puff Marshmallow Man. And, to complete the total package, a blindfolded Venus de Milo would be a better first baseman at this point than Jason.

The Yankees should designate June 15th as "Deadwood Decision Day" (D3, for short) for Jason Giambi. If, after another 5 weeks from today, Giambi is still playing like he was been to date this season, then make a call on him and roll with it.

Call Billy Beane and see if he would take him - assuming the Yankees pay most of his salary - in exchange for a bag of batting practice balls and an autographed copy of Moneyball. Or, find out if Howie Spira has any dirt on Giambi. Or, hire a Jeff Gillooly type and see if Giambi can be put on the DL for the rest of the year. Or, just cut the bum and eat the salary. Whatever - but, do something.

To take no action on Giambi by mid-June, if he continues to under-perform, is a disservice to the team and an insult to Yankees fans.

I'm sure Jason is a really nice guy. But, this is about winning, not making friends. And, Giambi is hurting the Yankees now in numerous more ways than he is helping them.

Posted by Steve Lombardi at May 10, 2005 04:27 PM


totally unrelated to Giambi....but I have to give David Justice credit....he is a much better analyst than I expected. Not just for the Giambi comment because that was a no-brainer, but he was very good yesterday describing what hitters look for and what pitchers throw or don't throw.

Kudos David! I enjoyed your perspectives.

As for Giambi....I was really hoping he would pull through this year......its pretty sad, and if ever there was a case for steriods being "bad"...here you go.

Posted by: Phil at May 10, 2005 05:18 PM

Ditto on Justice. I didn't like him doing ESPN games last year. He seems better this year. FWIW, I like him better in the studio doing pre- and post-game analysis. He's a plus there.

Posted by: Steve Lombardi at May 10, 2005 10:23 PM

Ugh. I'm not sure I can tolerate another 6 weeks of Giambi. He is severely overmatched but far less than mediocre pitchers.

Is this all due to the steroids? Or is it that and that he's on the decline? His performance is insanely bad.

Posted by: JJay at May 11, 2005 08:47 AM

You have to give Giambi 35 or so more at-bats against MLB pitching, it's the only way to see if he's lost it or not. He's been too good not to give him more at-bats to try to break out of it.

He's 3rd on the team and 34th in the AL in OBP. Even a non-sabermetrics person like Cashman knows the value of getting on base. If JG starts hitting again, (recall 10 days ago Tino was hitting .200) look out.

That being said, Giambi "made his own bed." I admire that he was honorable enough to admit more than Bonds, Sosa or McGwire. But if this is the end of his career, so be it.

Posted by: Jason O. at May 11, 2005 09:35 AM

I'd be curious to see what Giambi's OBP was without the aid of HBP's.

Posted by: JJay at May 11, 2005 11:36 AM

Giambi should just go to the minors and try to get his swing back. he's just hurting the team now. if he doesn't want to go the minors, then buy him out.

Posted by: Sean at May 11, 2005 11:47 AM

Regardless of his hbps, he's drawn a lot of walks...which is probably why he's still on the team. It means he's still seeing the ball and controlling the plate. Batting average is somewhat important, but in the end JG needs to get his power stroke back, and keep drawing walks.

I'm rooting for him.

Posted by: Jason O. at May 11, 2005 12:15 PM