August 07, 2009
Given Giambi's performance this season, it's not exactly surprising news. However, I find it funny that Oakland took the measure of pointing out just how bad the 38-year-old was this season while announcing his departure.
Check out the third paragraph from the A's press release:
"However, Giambi was placed on the 15-day DL July 20 with a strained right quad. At the time he went on the DL, he had the lowest batting average in the majors and fourth lowest slugging percentage in the American League (.364)."
For what it's worth, the A's did use the previous paragraph to detail Giambi's chemically enhanced career numbers (407 homers, 1,319 RBIs, 1,255 walks), but it's rare that a club ever embarrassingly details the sad reasons for a midseason divorce.
Ah well, at least they were nicer than the OPD when bouncing him from the Coliseum.