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Indians Still Courting Giambi to Accept Non-Playing Role in Organization

Tribe would be happy to keep “G” on board as an executive or coach

It would appear to almost everyone that Jason Giambi has played his final game as a major league baseball player; everyone that is except for Giambi himself, who is still mulling his options for the 2015 season. His most recent employer, the Cleveland Indians, are not going to bring him back as a player for the 2015 campaign, but according to MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian, the club is interested in bringing Giambi back as either an executive, or as a coach in their minor league system.

Giambi came to the Tribe following the hiring of Terry Francona prior to the 2013 season. Francona was keen on bringing a guy into the fold with lots of experience to help mentor his team that was largely made up of guys who were in their early-to-mid ‘20s. Giambi graciously accepted that role and made an immediate impact on the Tribe’s roster, mentoring hitters and defenders alike while also providing an unexpected pop at the plate for the club when he was able to play. No other display of Giambi’s worth to the club that season was more evident than on September 24 when he hit a walk-off, pinch-hit home run against the Chicago White Sox to give the Tribe their fifth-straight win. The victory proved to be the catalyst the club needed to earn their first post-season berth since 2007, winning the final 10-games of the season.

At the Indians’ annual Tribe Fest, Francona confirmed that Giambi is mulling whether or not to take this season off before making a decision on his future. In 2014, Giambi missed all but 26 games due to three separate trips to the disabled list. He has hit .171 with 11 homers and 36 RBIs in 97 games for the Indians and is .277 with 440 homers 1,227 runs lifetime over 20 seasons with the A’s, Yankees, Rockies and Indians.

Prior to signing with the Tribe in 2013, Giambi was a finalist for the Colorado Rockies skipper, and he has expressed interest in a career as a coach or a manager. Given his relationship with Terry Francona, it would seem that the most logical place for him to begin the next phase of his career would be with the Indians. Time will tell whether or not Giambi, who currently resides in Las Vegas with his wife and two young children, is truly ready to close the first chapter of his career and begin the next one. For those of us who have had the privilege of watching him the last two seasons in Cleveland, we certainly wouldn’t mind if “G” decides to begin writing that next chapter with the Indians organization.

 

 

 

Robert Gonzalez

Cleveland Indians Correspondent


 


 

 

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