Showing posts with label Jason Giambi. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Jason Giambi. Show all posts

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Comic: Mid-Series Update

Monday, January 19, 2009

Yankees Defense Should Be Better in '09

According to Fangraphs' UZR, via RLYW, the Yankees project to be seven runs above average defensively this year, a 46 run (or roughly 4 and a half win) upgrade over last year's team. Let's break this down a little. While Fangraphs expects slight regressions from Jeter, A-Rod, and Damon, the major improvements come from the departures of Bobby Abreu (-25.2 UZR last year) and Jason Giambi. While Giambi's -1.8 UZR last year is not horrible, he is replaced with Mark Teixeira's projected +3, which is a half-win upgrade in itself. Abreu's awful mark will be replaced mainly by Xavier Nady, but SG has Nick Swisher seeing some time in right as well. Nady projects to be -1, and Swisher +3. While a +7 team mark is encouraging, I don't think it will be that high. My reasoning for this is that I think SG gave Melky and Brett Gardner too much time in center for his projections. He has Nick Swisher playing just 242 innings in center, and Johnny Damon not playing any. I think that barring any moves, that pair will get at least half the innings in center. However, even with that scenario, the Yankees should still be greatly improved defensively in 2009.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008


Joel Sherman is saying the Yankees will probably let both Abreu and Giambi go. I`ve been a big supporter of seeing Abreu go and I`m coming around to the idea of seeing Giambi leave as well. It means they will acquire either a first baseman or a corner outfielder and move Matsui or Damon to first base. This would cut 37 million dollars off the payroll.

I have no interest in a long term commitment to Texiera. He won't be getting his ten year deal but I could see some team giving him seven or eight years which is still ridiculous.

Adam Dunn is to much of a defensive liability at first base or even in left-field. Besides, he`s not as good a hitter as this next guy and will probably require more years.

This next guy is the best hitter available, he`s been consistent for years, he has experience in the AL East, and probably won't need more than 3 years. I`m talking about Manny Ramirez of course. 207 was the first year he`s had an EQA below .300 since 1994 when he was 22 and played in 91 games. He had an EQA of .292 that year and .297 in 2007. Damon can play left, Matsui can move to first, and Manny can be the full-time DH.

This solves our offensive problems perfectly and can Matsui really be much worse at first base than Giambi? Both he and Damon has volunteered for it. Please post any thoughts in the comments section.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

First Base

Next year the Yankees have the opportunity to shake up their first base situation and get rid of a huge contract in Jason Giambi. The question is, should they? Here are their options for first base next year:
  • Resign Abreu to a multi-year deal and move Nady or Damon to first base. Giambi leaves.
  • Sign Mark Texiera to a long term deal. Both Giambi and Abreu leave.
  • Resign Giambi to a short one or two year deal for a discount. Abreu leaves.

Keep in mind this is all assuming we don't magically pull off a trade. I didn't list this because of its unlikeliness and also because its impossible to predict what we would give up.

I`m leaning towards the third one.

I don't want Abreu back. First of all, he`s a big defensive liability and he would force somebody to play out of position at first base. Believe it or not Giambi would probably be a better fielder at first then Nady or Damon. More importantly though I think Giambi is a better hitter than Abreu. EQA (which takes into account pretty much every offensive stat) has Giambi ahead over the past three years. Giambi beats Abreu in 2008 and 2006. As an added bonus Abreu will be a type A free agent while Giambi will only be a type B.

Although Texiera would fill the first base spot perfectly I would stay away from him. He`s looking for a ten year deal. In my opinion their are very few guys in baseball who are worth that. They need to focus as much money as possible on Sabathia. It would be great to have him but at what cost?

At the start of this year I was looking forward to Giambi being gone. However, he`s been one of the few guys on this team that actually hit. They can get him on a one or two year deal and he wants to be back so they may get him on a discount.

I`d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section. Thanks :)

Sunday, August 3, 2008

The Stache is History

Its Gone.
According to sources Jason Giambi shaved his mustache to help get out of a .205 slump since the beginning of July.
Its a day that will live in in infamy. 

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Stache & Yankees Lose

After that loss to the POWERFUL PIRATES that is the 31th game that the Yankees were held to 2 runs or less and to top it off The Giambino lost the final vote to the youngster Evan Longoria. Well its not all bad news, those crazy guys over at the Giambi Mustache Squad emailed me and informed me of the new Gimabi Stache shirts that just came in. 15% of the profit goes to charity and they are only 12.95 each and these shirts are b-e-a-utiful. Come check out the shirts

The Shirts Design

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Final Vote!!


I just wanted to spread the word and try to get the four people who read this blog (all four of my grandparents) to vote for the Stache for the All-Star Game. I mean really there is already a blog devoted to that furry thing above his lip. Girardi is even behind it! 
So is cranky old Moose!
As you can see the support is widespread from Blonde Bimbos to old crossword totting cranks everyone want the Stache to be an All-Star.
To celebrate I will share with you one of the funniest articles I have read this month from the fellows over at The Sports Hernia.

Here is is:

State Trooper Giambi Reports for Duty

By B. Weiss

NEW YORK – Jason Giambi is taking his new moustache to a different level.  After growing his perfect ‘stache, he immediately assumed the role of State Trooper Giambi, which started as tongue-and-cheek nickname, but has turned into a full-on personality.

Arnie Grape Climbs Water Tower
State Trooper Giambi is not fucking around.

“I was playing first base and Giambi got a walk, which is always nice to exchange some words with him, but things got weird,” said White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko.  “He said ‘Sir, license and registration please.’ I laughed and thought he was joking.  Well, as soon as he got me in a choke hold and cuffed me with his batting gloves, I knew this was no joke.”

This bizarre change of personality is making fellow police officer Olden Polynice very jealous.  “I was watching that game, and I said, it is about time someone arrested that bastard,” said Polynice, from his barracks in Arkham Asylum. 

Fellow teammate and another recent moustachee, Johnny Damon, said he thought Jason looked real cool and mentioned he should be a State Trooper for Halloween.  “Well, that was the beginning of the end for us. Since then he has arrested Cano, Carbrera, Posada and Rivera and threatened to deport their asses.  He also gave a speeding ticket to the groundskeeper mowing the outfield.” 

News is spreading fast across the American League.  Players are cleaning up their acts everywhere, especially first basemen. 

“The other night skip wanted me to play some first base against the Yankees,” said Red Sox David Ortiz.  “ I said no way, I told skip I have not seen my Visa in a couple of months, and there is no way State Trooper Giambi is going to bust me.”

Bud Selig is giddy as hell and asked if State Troopers had the authority to bust steroid dealers, much to his dismay they can only bust them if they are transporting the drugs.  However, several other commissioners have expressed interest in Giambi. David Stern wants to make him a referee.

“I spoke with Mr. Stern the other day, but contractually it is not possible,” said Yankees GM Brian Cashman.  “Jason is a little different and he gets some slack around here, but we had to put our foot down last week when he showed up to the ball park and his Mercedes has police lights, a siren and shotgun in the front seat.  We told him to lose the shotgun.” 

Giambi could not be reached for comment because he was setting up a speed trap on the Taconic State Parkway.

Great stuff. My hat is off to those guys.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Yankees Crush Padres as The 'Stache Continues to Mash

The Yankees beat the Padres last night, 8-0, to improve to 38-33, five games above .500, the highest point of the season thus far. Andy Pettitte pitched very well, which he'll have to continue with Wang out. Also, Jason Giambi and his pornstar mustache hit two homeruns last night, giving him 17 on the year. What is even more impressive, is that he is only third on the team in VORP (at 24.7), after A-Rod (29.2), Johnny Damon (25.4). The Yankees are currently in third place in the division, 5.5 games behind the Red Sox, and 3.5 behind the Rays for the wild card. However if the standings were adjusted based on runs scored vs. runs allowed, they would be just half a game behind the Rays, and 4.5 behind the Sox. The Yankees look to continue the winning streak tonight against Jake Peavy.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Game 63: Royals at Yankees Recap

With second straight defeat of the Royals with Joba on the mound the Yankees move their record to one game over .500 and move into third place. Joba had a good outing besides that one hanging slider to Guillen. He went 4.1 innings, 5 hits, 2 earned runs, 3 runs, 1 BB, 1 HR and 78 pitches and 53 of them were strikes. Then came in Dan Geise and he twirled a gem pitching 2 and 2/3rds innings of hitless ball picking up his first major league win. Abreu and Giambi both belted home runs to give the Yankees the offense they needed to defeat the Royals 6-3.

Giambi hit 3 home runs in 4 games showing the Royals to "Respect his AUTHORITY".


Since Giambi has been rocking his magnificent stache he has done better so what would happen if all of the Yankees grow facial hair? Here is a little slideshow of the rest of the Yankees sporting the stache. 

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Johnny D in the House

I was at today's game and I must say that is was one of the greatest games I have ever been to. Though the game had absolutely no pitching the hitting was great. Johnny Damon had the game of his life while the Giambi hit another monster shot into the upper deck. "Respect the Stache". Lets hope this game keep the Yankees record above the .500 mark.  


Update: Nate has officially retired. He said that he is moving on to a different occupation as an arms dealer. Now since the posting is all up to me I will try to post more.  

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Spring Recap #3

The Yankees beat the Blue Jays in Dunedin today 2-0 in five innings. It was shortened because of rain, and the Yankees pitchers combined to throw a perfect game. Here's a summary:
Since it was a shortened game, I'll highlight who has had the best offensive spring so far-
Shelley Duncan: 2.000 OPS (!), HR in 9 PA
Jason Giambi: 2.000 OPS (!) , HR in 4 PA
Melky: 1.425 OPS in 7 PA
Jason Lane: 1.222 OPS in 9 PA
Morgan Ensberg: 1.000 OPS in 8 PA
Wilson Betemit: .905 OPS in 9 PA
I left off guys like A-Rod and Abreu because they are guaranteed spots on the roster. Obviously, you shouldn't read too much into these stats because a) they are in ST and b) the tiny sample size.

I already said it was a combined perfect game, so I'll just give you the IP, K's, etc.
Hughes: 1 IP
Patterson: 1 IP, K
Igawa: 2 IP, 2 K
Traber: 1 IP, 3 K
Good all around, and very surprising from Igawa.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Spring Recap

I wasn't able to watch much of today's game, but I did see an unimpressive inning from Steven White, and an opposite way double by Jason Giambi, which I was very pleased with. If he can stay healthy, I really think he can be solid contributor. After examining the box score, I can sum it up like this: Aside from Giambi's opposite-field double, he hit a long homerun, as did Jason Lane, who also hit a triple. Pitching wise, Andy Pettitte had a good day, as did LaTroy Hawkins, inducing three groundball outs. Sean Henn unfortunately had a good day, hopefully he won't make the team. Jose Veras also pitched a scoreless inning. Kyle Farnsworth and Brian Bruney picked up right were they left up, sucking.
After the game, the Yankees made their first cuts. No huge surprises; Eric Duncan, Jesus, Eduardo Nunez, and Austin Romine. Tomorrow they play Houston at 1:05.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Breaking News: Yankees to Score Runs in 2008

I know, it surprised me too. David Pinto of Baseball Musings has projected the Yankees to have the best lineup in baseball in 2008. Makes sense. They really didn't lose anyone from last year, so the lineup should stay the same. It will be hard for A-Rod and Jorge to duplicate last year's seasons, but at the same time, Melky and Cano will likely improve, and Johnny Damon will be healthy. Also, There's always a chance that Jason Giambi will remember how to hit.