Troy Renck, beat writer for the Denver Post, provides the scoop:
There are no misperceptions of his intentions. Jason Giambi wants to become the next manager of the Rockies.
He is willing to retire as a player to make this happen. He is willing to work within the framework of baseball’s most unusual infrastructure.
Giambi’s candidacy went from intriguing to legitimate after his impressive interview Thursday. He is expected to have another meeting, likely with general manager Dan O’Dowd and owner Dick Monfort.
Renck says the Rockies “aren’t even sure they will look at outside candidates anymore” because of how well Giambi has been received.
This all may seem a bit odd, but consider that the Cardinals’ Mike Matheny — who entered the season without a lick of managerial experience — has guided his team to within one victory of the World Series.
And Matheny’s hitting coach, Mark McGwire, is an admitted former steroid user just like Giambi.
Rays catcher Wilson Ramos had to exit Monday night’s game against the Orioles in the fifth inning after suffering a head injury. Ruben Tejada broke his bat on a ground out and the barrel hit Ramos in his helmet. Rich Dubroff reports that Ramos needed six staples to close a laceration on his head.
Ramos will continue to be evaluated under MLB’s concussion protocol. He may wind up on the seven-day concussion disabled list.
Ramos, 29, entered Monday’s action batting .222/.259/.426 with three home runs and 11 RBI in 59 plate appearances. He was 0-for-2 before being replaced by Jesus Sucre.
Orioles third baseman Manny Machado and second baseman Jonathan Schoop teamed up to turn an impressive 5-4-3 double play in the bottom of the first inning of Monday night’s game against the Rays.
Steven Souza, Jr. led off the frame with a single. Corey Dickerson struck out, bringing Evan Longoria to the dish. Longoria sharply grounded a 1-2 fastball from Kevin Gausman to Machado, who showcased his strong arm with a perfect feed to Schoop at the second base bag despite his momentum taking him towards into territory. Schoop made an off-balance throw to first to complete the twin-killing.
The Orioles took the lead in the top of the third when Adam Jones hit a solo home run off of Ian Snell.