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Rockies' manager search to include Giambi

10/16/2012 11:06 AM ET
By Lou DiPietro
Jason Giambi hasn’t officially retired, but he appears to be ready to move to the head of a Major League bench.

According to a report in the Denver Post, Giambi will interview with the Colorado Rockies for their vacant managerial job at some point in the indeterminate near future.

The 41-year-old Giambi played in 60 games for the Rockies last season – his 18th in the Majors and fourth with Colorado – and hit 225 with one home run and eight RBI in 113 plate appearances. He underwent hernia surgery last week, perhaps in an attempt to return in 2013, but there have been whispers that he may be looked at as a possible player-manager as well.

On the field, “The Giambino” is a career .280 hitter with 429 home runs, bashing nearly half of those (209) during his seven years with the Yankees from 2002-2008. And, while he may have no coaching experience, Giambi worked a lot with Rockies hitters last season and often talked strategy with previous Colorado skipper Jim Tracy, according to the Post.

The Rockies’ managerial job became vacant earlier this month when Tracy resigned following a season that saw the team set a franchise record with 98 losses. Bench coach Tom Runnells has already interviewed for the gig, and the Post reports that Giambi is the last in-house candidate who will interview.

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