• The Big G “On The Rocks”

    Posted by on August 23rd, 2009 · Comments (4)

    Via ESPN

    Looking for a veteran bat to help their playoff push, the Colorado Rockies have agreed to a deal with Jason Giambi, according to multiple reports.

    Giambi was released by the Oakland Athletics earlier this month after hitting just .193 with 11 home runs and 40 RBIs in 83 games. He reportedly will join Triple-A Colorado Springs to get at-bats and then report to the Rockies on Sept. 1 when rosters are expanded.

    “Jason is 100 percent healthy and definitely plans to continue playing,” his agent Arn Tellem said in an e-mail to The Associated Press when Giambi was released. “He is confident he’ll be able to contribute to a team down the stretch.”

    Giambi had been on the disabled list since July 20 with a strained right quadriceps muscle when he was released by Oakland.

    The 38-year-old first baseman and designated hitter had returned to Oakland this season after seven pressure-packed years with the New York Yankees, agreeing in January to a one-year contract that guaranteed him $5.25 million.

    In 2001, current Rockies 1B Todd Helton had 49 homers and Jason Giambi hit 38 homers that season. This year, Helton has 12 big flys and Giambi has 11 to his credit. Now, Helton was 27-years old in 2001 and Giambi was 30 back then in ’01. So, age has something to do with this power drop-off. But, I cannot help to think there’s some other stuff at work here…and think it’s kind of interesting that these two find themselves to be teammates now…

    Comments on The Big G “On The Rocks”

    1. thenewguy
      August 23rd, 2009 | 9:43 am

      I completely forgot that Helton hit 49 homers in ’01. It could have been that thin Denver air, but it certainly is a suspicious number for Helton, who I have never really considered a power hitter like Giambi, Rod, or others.

    2. Corey
      August 23rd, 2009 | 10:46 am

      i totally agree with your assumption as i have had the same for a long time now, Steve. One thing to note though, they started messing with the balls in Colorado recently so that they don’t get hit out as much…that could be part of the factor as well

    3. yagottagotomo1
      August 23rd, 2009 | 7:42 pm

      There is nothing in Helton’s numbers that suggests steroids. He peaked and then declined like every pre-steroids slugger did. He may have done steroids, but there is nothing in his record that seems out of ordinary.

    4. August 23rd, 2009 | 10:03 pm

      @ yagottagotomo1:

      Wayne Hagin did say in 2005 that Don Baylor shared that Helton was juiced…but, then, when pressed, they hid under the misquoted blanket, FWIW.

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