Jason Giambi Reportedly Will Interview for Rockies' Vacant Manager Position
This according to Troy Renck of the Denver Post:
Veteran player Jason Giambi will interview for the Rockies vacant managerial job, though no date has been set. He will be the last in-house candidate before the Rockies talk to other candidates. There is no timetable for a hiring.
Renck's report also says that the team will begin to "look outside the organization" for candidates, as well.
Giambi is an interesting choice for the team, because he is still not officially retired and has zero coaching or managing experience at any level.
That is not to say that you need to hire a manager with experience in order for him to be successful, but given where this franchise is at right now, you would hope they would look at someone who understands everything about the job.
Of course, this is a franchise that handed Jim Tracy—arguably the worst tactical manager in baseball as he really understands nothing about situations or the park his team plays in—the keys to the car for the last four years. Almost anyone would be a better choice for the job than he was.
This is not going to be a quick, easy fix for the next manager, whether it is Giambi or someone else. The Rockies have nothing in the rotation, though that is more an issue with the front office than the work of the manager
What talent this team does have, unsurprisingly, is in the lineup. Troy Tulowitzki, when healthy, is the best shortstop in baseball. Carlos Gonzalez is one of the best all-around players in the game.
There are pieces with which a manager can work, but until the front office figures out what to do with the pitching staff, this franchise is always going to be fighting for scraps in the National League West.
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