Colorado Rockies: 5 Candidates for the Open Manager Job
5) Jason Giambi
When the Rockies hired Weiss back in 2012, Jason Giambi was one of the other candidates the Rockies interviewed. At the time, Giambi had just finished the season as a player for Colorado, but said he was willing to retire to take over as manager of the team.
Colorado interviewed him, and liked him enough to offer him the role of hitting coach, but Giambi declined and ended up playing two more seasons for the Cleveland Indians. Now they have an opening once again, and Giambi is once again available for hire.
Hiring Giambi would be a massive leap of faith. He has no managerial experience to speak of, and sometimes players that were stars (as Giambi was in his prime) have a difficult time relating to players that lack their other-worldly talents.
That being said, Giambi is admired and respected by the baseball community, and as a manager, his name alone could instantly command the respect of the players in the clubhouse. He was also extremely popular in his stint in Colorado, so fans would likely support him in a way they may not for some of the other candidates.