Jeremy Giambi

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Jeremy Giambi
Outfielder / First baseman / Designated hitter
Born: (1974-09-30) September 30, 1974 (age 40)
San Jose, California
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
September 1, 1998 for the Kansas City Royals
Last MLB appearance
September 28, 2003 for the Boston Red Sox
Career statistics
Batting average .263
Home runs 52
Runs batted in 209

Jeremy Dean Giambi (/iˈɑːmbi/; born September 30, 1974) is a left-handed, former Major League Baseball player for the Kansas City Royals, Oakland Athletics, Philadelphia Phillies, and Boston Red Sox. He also played in the minors for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White Sox. He is the younger brother of baseball player Jason Giambi.

Early life[edit]

Like his older brother Jason, Jeremy Giambi attended South Hills High School, Sierra Vista Middle School in Covina, California, and Covina Elementary School in Covina, California. He attended Cal State Fullerton and was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 6th round of the 1996 amateur draft.

Professional career[edit]

Giambi started off his Major League career playing for the Kansas City Royals, for whom he played for parts of two seasons. He was mentioned in Michael Lewis' book Moneyball as one of the replacement players for his older brother, Jason. Despite his off field troubles, Jeremy was looked at by Billy Beane because of his plate discipline, and was acquired by the A's prior to the 2000 season. Later, he was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies in 2002.

Giambi was involved in what has become known as the "flip play" during the 2001 ALDS between the Oakland A's and the New York Yankees. With the A's leading the series 2 games to none and Yankees clinging to a 1-0 lead, Giambi attempted to score the tying run on a ball hit into the right field corner. With the relay throw veering into foul territory, Giambi tried to score standing up; Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter intercepted the throw and flipped it to catcher Jorge Posada, who was able to graze Giambi's calf with a sweep tag before Giambi could touch home plate. The Yankees went on to win the game 1 - 0 and eventually won the series 3-2, before losing to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2001 World Series.

He last played in the majors in 2003 for the Red Sox. After being released by the Red Sox, Giambi signed minor league deals with the Dodgers in 2004 and the White Sox in 2005 but only played in a total of 20 games in 2 seasons.

Drugs and Steroids[edit]

On December 10, 2001, Giambi was caught with marijuana at a checkpoint at Las Vegas' McCarran International Airport. He was cited for misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance and released.[1]

On March 13, 2005, The Kansas City Star reported that Jeremy had admitted to having used anabolic steroids.[2] His brother Jason has also admitted to using steroids according to grand jury testimony that has been leaked to the press. On December 13, 2007, Giambi was named in the Mitchell Report on steroid usage in baseball.

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