Colorado has offered Jason Giambi its hitting coach job after passing on him as manager in favor of Walt Weiss, but Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that Giambi is “mulling” the offer because he still wants to keep playing.
Giambi said previously that he’d be willing to retire as a player in order to become a manager, but it’s unclear if he feels the same way about becoming a hitting coach.
“I am going to take a few days then talk to the Rockies again because my sole focus was on managing,” Giambi told Renck. “I don’t know what I am going to do yet. I just need a couple of days to digest everything.”
Giambi has been a part-time player since joining the Rockies in mid-2009, totaling just 518 plate appearances in three-and-a-half seasons playing behind Todd Helton, but he remains a very effective bench bat thanks to his outstanding on-base skills and posted a .372 on-base percentage this year.
Colorado is apparently not interested in bringing him back as a player, but Giambi’s agent told Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com that “several teams” have reached out about signing him.
Everyone is well aware of how good Angels outfielder Mike Trout is at the game of baseball. The 26-year-old is already an all-time great, having won two MVP awards — and arguably deserving of two others — and the 2012 Rookie of the Year Award. He has accrued 54.2 WAR, per Baseball Reference, which is right around the threshold for a Hall of Fame career. Trout does it all: he draws walks, he hits for average, he hits for power, he steals bases, he plays good defense.
But here’s an achievement that is amazing even for a player like Trout: he has yet to strike out this spring. In 41 Cactus League plate appearances, he has 10 hits (including a triple and two homers) and six walks with zero strikeouts. Across his career, Trout has a 21.5 percent strikeout rate, right around the league average. He isn’t usually such a stickler for avoiding the punch-out, but this spring he is.
To put this in perspective, 134 players this spring have struck out at least 10 times, according to MLB.com. 938 players have struck out at least once. The only other players to have taken at least 10 at-bats without striking out this spring are Humberto Arteaga (Royals, 23 AB), Tony Cruz (Reds, 18 AB), Oscar Hernandez (Red Sox, 10 AB), and Jacob Stallings (Pirates, 18 AB).
According to Angels assistant hitting coach Paul Sorrento, the lack of strikeouts hasn’t been a conscious effort from Trout, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports. Ho hum. The best player in baseball is apparently getting even better.