Six Former Yankees Who Could be the Next Hitting Coach
By Wayne Cavadi
Jun 7, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Cleveland Indians designated hitterJason Giambi
(25) watches the game against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Indians defeated the Rangers 8-3. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Calm down. Before you go nuts and think I am out of mind, remember one thing. Steroids or PEDs don’t make someone a good hitter, they simply make them a stronger hitter. There wasn’t a more feared hitter in baseball that Giambi from 1996 to 2006. He wasn’t just a feared slugger, he did it all. He led the league in walks, doubles and on base percentage while batting in the mid-.300s annually. Sure, the wheels came off when he got popped and came clean, but the man is 43-years old and still hitting a baseball better than Brendan Ryan and Stephen Drew.
Giambi has also been more or less a coach for the Rockies and Indians the past few seasons. He simply doesn’t want to hang it up, but after batting .113 last year, perhaps he has seen the light. He has the leadership and the know how of being in a major league dugout, especially in the Bronx. I remember being at a game that every Yankees fan was booing him for stranding runners, and then he hit a bomb that I still don’t know if it has landed yet.