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Giambino Contract Yearino
Thursday, September 11, 2008
He may be an old, fat (though admittedly not as grande as he used to be), ex-juicer, but the Giambino has really stepped up his game this year. Perhaps it's because he's in a contract year, or maybe he really does hit better when he's playing in the field... whatever it is, we owe him a hearty thank you for his valiant (though ultimately fruitless) attempts to keep the team in the running.

Let's take a gander at what he's done this year:
  • Batting average: .248 - this is essentially insignificant in my humble little opinion. I'm an OBP girl. I just want dudes on base and saving outs.
  • OPB: .374 - better than Jeter, Abreu, Nady, Pudge...
  • Slugging %: .507 - third on the team after A-Rod and Nady (another chap who deserves a thank you and a return trip to the Bronx next year)
  • Homers: 29 - 15 more than last year, and if he hits just one more (which I anticipate he shall) he'd have 8 seasons with 30+ homers.
  • RBI: 90 - no small feat when the rest of the losers on this team are never on base.
  • And his fielding: 101 games at 1st base, more than he's played since 2001 with the A's - and he's only made 7 errors. Not spectacular, but he hasn't been a total butcher. Still lunges awkwardly though.
I've always liked this man, even when he sucked, and I'm glad to see him doing well. It's unfortunate that his efforts were in vain (and BTW: if you haven't officially given up on the season yet, I pity you for the eventual sadness in which you will soon be engulfed), but it's still been nice to watch.

Let's start taking bets on where he'll end up next year and how much cash he'll get. In today's market, he'll still get a sweet deal - fat and old or not.
posted by Yankees Chick @ Thursday, September 11, 2008  
6 Comments:
  • At 1:13 PM, Anonymous Christopher said…

    YC,
    Giambi came out of the steroid mess pretty clean by admitting it and apologizing early on. And I've grown to like him (I admit to many "Tino's Better" and "we want Tino" chants at the stadium in his first few years) and his mighty 'stache. But when there's someone like Texiera on the free agent market the Yanks have to put their attention on him. He's younger and more talented than Giambi. Really Giambi is one of many guy on that team that's basically a DH. I think he'll end up getting 5 mill for a year on a team that's looking for a homer threat. I know Toronto has signed aging sluggers in the past. I don't know if Oakland would welcome him back, but I could see Seattle as a destination. I think the NL is probably a long shot to pay the money he'll want without a DH spot.

     
  • At 5:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    with the angles,to replace big tex, who will be a yankee by jan 2009,or maybe baltimore, he hits very well in camden yards

     
  • At 8:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    At 37 yr. old and a .250 avg, he will not get 23M. Question is will anyone want him. Look at Barry Bonds. Granted, Giambi is more valuable than BB, but has similar baggage. Someone in the AL might take a chance on him for a DH/1B, but I will be surprised if he is offered more than 5M. I think he'd be better off just packing it in than go begging.

     
  • At 5:11 AM, Blogger Mike said…

    Giants, 20 mil for 2.

     
  • At 10:55 PM, Blogger Joe Farries said…

    Whatever Bad religion,come out stronger,especially in San Marcos.I can't believe this is your blog i guess more comments are necessary.We will see you again soon.Did you see Em's in Australia?she is here and there asking me about you but,i got no clue.At least you like baseball.Babez.Bye.!

     
  • At 10:26 PM, Anonymous Chris said…

    I don't care where Giambi is next year as long as it's not in a Yankee uniform. Don't hate the guy, he's had a decent year and overall wasn't a terrible Yankee (though he was a bit of a disappointment) but he's older now and it's time this team moved on. We need to get younger, more athletic players in here.

     
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