A former star with the Oakland A’s and New York Yankees, Jason Giambi has finished his MLB career with the Cleveland Indians.
Former MLB MVP Jason Giambi is retiring after 20 seasons in the game and many years as one of the best sluggers in baseball.
In an announcement made via the New York Daily News, the former Oakland A’s and New York Yankees star said, “It’s time to come home.”
“I’ve done everything I possibly can in my career,” Giambi said. “From making the big-leagues to superstar to bench player to mentor, I’ve done every role you can possibly do in this game. I have two young ones and I want to get an opportunity to spend that time in their young lives. I want to be there to watch them grow.”
Giambi played 20 seasons in Major League Baseball, eight seasons with the Oakland Athletics from 1995 to 2001 and in 2009, as well as seven with the New York Yankees, four with the Colorado Rockies and his final two with the Cleveland Indians.
From 1998 until 2008, Giambi was one of the best home run hitters in baseball, recording over 30 home runs in 8 of 11 seasons and an astonishing 163 home runs in a four-year span from 2000 to 2003 between his stints with the Athletics and Yankees. In 2000, Giambi finished 2nd in the league in home runs behind Troy Glaus with 43 and was named the MVP of the American League. He would go on to be the runner up for the MVP award in 2001 and finished 5th in 2002.
Giambi finished his career with 5 All-Star appearances, 2 Silver Slugger awards, 440 home runs and 2,010 hits. He was also the 2005 Comeback Player of the Year with the Colorado Rockies.
Some of Giambi’s legacy has been tainted by his admission of steroid use in 2005 after the BALCO scandal