Jason Giambi “mulling” offer to be Rockies’ hitting coach

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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.

Jim Crane thought the heat over sign-stealing would blow over by spring training

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The Astros’ sign-stealing story broke in November, a steady drumbeat of coverage of it lasted through December and into January, when Rob Manfred’s report came out about it. The report was damning and, in its wake, Houston’s manager and general manger were both suspended and then fired.

After that a steady stream of media reports came out which not only made the whole affair seem even worse than Manfred’s report suggested, but which also suggested that, on some level, Major League Baseball had bungled it all and it was even worse than it had first seemed.

Rather than Manfred and the Astros putting this all behind them, the story grew. As it grew, both the Red Sox and Mets fired their managers and, in a few isolated media appearances, Astros’ players seemed ill-prepared for questions on it all. Once spring training began the Astros made even worse public appearances and, for the past week and change, each day has given us a new player or three angrily speaking out about how mad they are at the Astros and how poorly they’ve handled all of this.

Why have they handled it so poorly? As always, look to poor leadership:

Guess not.

In other news, Crane was — and I am not making this up — recently named the Houston Sports Executive of the Year. An award he has totally, totally earned, right?