October 17, 2012
MLB notes: Jason Giambi aims to run Rockies
By QMI Agency
Jason Giambi is aiming to make a quick transition from playing to managing.
The 41-year-old slugger is seeking to become manager of the Colorado Rockies, the Denver Post has reported. Giambi will get an interview but no date has been announced.
Giambi was limited by injuries last season, his 18th in the majors and fourth with Colorado. He had hernia surgery last week but hasn't ruled playing again next season.
Giambi, who has played mainly at first base, is a .280 career hitter with 429 home runs and 1,405 RBI.
Rockies bench coach Tom Runnells already has interviewed for the managerial job that Jim Tracy resigned from after the season.
BRAVE FACES LONG REHAB
Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann had surgery Tuesday on the posterior labrum of his right shoulder that could require four to six months of rehab.
It is hoped the 28-year will be able to begin throwing and hitting off a tee in mid-February.
McCann played with shoulder pain for much of the season, suffering numerous partial dislocations. He hit .230 -- 49 points off his career average -- with 20 homers and 67 RBI. The injury affected his hitting more so than his throwing.
WIZARD OF OZ PLANS AUCTION
Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith is putting numerous awards up for auction.
Smith, 57, is selling his 13 Gold Glove awards, 11 rings from all-star games, his Roberto Clemente and Lou Gehrig awards and various other awards for "estate and family planning," ESPN.com reported. It includes World Series rings from 2006 and 2011 that were gifts from the St. Louis Cardinals.
He earned nearly $32 million during his 19-year career, retiring after the 1996 season.
The auction begins Nov. 14.
TROUT DOUBLES UP
Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels has been chosen MLB rookie of the year and player of the year by Baseball America.
While Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera likely will take the voting for the official AL most valuable player award, Baseball America rewarded Trout for his combination of offence, speed and defence. The 21-year-old outfielder hit .326 with 30 homers, 83 RBI and 49 stolen bases.
JOYNER JOINS PHILS
The Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday confirmed the hiring of Wally Joyner as assistant hitting coach. Joyner, 50, will work alongside new hitting coach Steve Henderson, who agreed to have an assistant as a condition of his hiring.
"The system will be better with an assistant in so much that different guys take in information in different ways," general manager Ruben Amaro said. "I think it's important for our players to see different points of view and get information in different ways."
Joyner hit .289 with 204 homers during a 16-year MLB career.