Rockies To Interview Jason Giambi

The Rockies will interview 18-year MLB veteran Jason Giambi for their managerial vacancy, Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports. No date has been set for the Rockies to interview Giambi, the team's final in-house candidate. 

Giambi has spent the past three and a half years of his career playing for the Rockies. Renck and Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reported earlier this month that the 41-year-old would retire as a player if given the opportunity to manage the Rockies. Giambi, a free agent this coming offseason, has not coached at any level or ruled out another year as a player.

The Rockies interviewed bench coach Tom Runnells for their managerial opening last week, and the former Montreal Expos manager said he's excited about the state of the franchise, according to’s Thomas Harding. Rockies senior VP of Major League operations Bill Geivett said the Rockies will look outside of the organization for more candidates, according to Renck.

Triple-A manager Stu Cole could obtain a coaching position, but he won't be the team's next manager. The Rockies don't have plans to interview Vinny Castilla, a current front office member and former Rockies star.

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  1. Actually I’d enjoy it if he were a player-manager for at least a year. Its been a long time since we’ve had one and just think it’d be a fun tip of the hat to the “good old days.”

    • FS54 3 years ago

      yeah, especially if Rockies don’t plan to contend.

    • jigokusabre 3 years ago

      Agreed. Given that he’s a full time PH these days, there’s no reason not to.

      • lefty177 3 years ago

        Could you imagine him telling the team he’s pinch hitting? I could see so many homes come out of that

        • jigokusabre 3 years ago

          Hey, Pete Rose wrote himself into the lineup every day. Giambi taking the big PH wouldn’t be such a big deal.

          • johnsilver 3 years ago

            Rose also wrote his team that he managed on betting slips to lose also..

          • jigokusabre 3 years ago

            Obviously… but it’s not as if he explained that to his players.

          • Dirtbag Blues 3 years ago

            Rose never bet on the Reds to lose, only to win.

          • johnsilver 3 years ago

            HA! so Pete Rose said, but without proof? he is guilty of both now isn’t he?

            Rose put himself into that situation and doubt even in this current “enlightened” situation where people seem to forgive criminals of everything.. He’ll never even get away with that…

    • David Ellinwood 3 years ago

      I LOVE the idea of player-manager pinch hitter extraordinaire. Can you imagine him calling a batter back to the dugout in the 9th, grabbing some lumber and being like “Lemme handle this one, kid.” Wouldn’t that just be too good to be true?

  2. It’s possible I’m being thick, but has there been an admitted PED user as an MLB manager to this point?

  3. LiveFastCyYoung 3 years ago

    Am I the only one that feels like there isn’t a chance in hell he gets the job?

    • dc21892 3 years ago

      Why would they interview him if he didn’t have a chance?

    • jigokusabre 3 years ago


      Tracey left because he didn’t have any control over the team, ownership was making all the decisions. I could see experienced managers not wanting any part of that. The Rockies probably think that an in-house candidate would make for a more interesting team than a coach that the fans have never heard of (ie Dave Martinez).

  4. jondogg2010 3 years ago

    I like this choice, a more relatable (younger) manager for a younger team. I bet Giambi can make more money as a manager at this stage than as a player. He really has nothing left to prove and I can say (as a Red Sox fan) that Helton and Giambi isn’t going to be the answer at 1B next year for the Rockies. Even if you sprinkle a little Pachecho.

  5. Gumby65 3 years ago

    Anyone who considers taking this job should consult with Art Howe on how to stand on the top step of the dugout, as this would apparently be the most important part of the job.

  6. progmatinee 3 years ago

    The Rockies are a laughing stock. If they hired Giambi ownership would lose even further credibility. Imagine 3, 5, 10, and 20 years from now as the Rockies interview for future managers. The bar will be set so low that no reputable manager would apply and those that do apply will realize they could skate by simply being yes men. If you’re going internal, go with Castilla. If you can go external (and can find someone like Wallach or Sandberg willing to take the position) that should be priority #1. This organization needs new blood.

    • progmatinee 3 years ago

      Are some of my fellow Rox fans in denial here?

  7. Mike H 3 years ago

    To be a fly on the wall in that interview.

    “Jason, what is best in life?”

    “To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their fans!”

  8. Jaysfan724 3 years ago

    If there was to be a player manager in the majors, Giambi would make more sense than when the White Sox were considering it for Konerko. Not because one has better knowledge than the other, but like previously stated, Giambi’s role has pretty much succumbed to one at-bat (if that) a game.

  9. PWNdroia 3 years ago

    Have him pop out the steroids to all his players once he gets the job. Now that’s a great idea.

  10. Koolarrow 3 years ago

    Giambi’s legacy would be cemented by managing the Rockies and all of them getting suspended for PEDs.

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