Jason Giambi announced his retirement Monday in a statement to the New York Daily News. Giambi was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the second round of 1992 draft.
Giambi made his MLB debut on May 8, 1995 with the A’s and has played 20 seasons in the big leagues with the A’s, New York Yankees, Colorado Rockies and most recently the Cleveland Indians.
He made the All-Star team in five straight seasons from 2000-2004 while playing with the A’s and the Yankees.
He was named American League MVP for the 2000 season when he lead the league in walks (137) and on-base percentage (.476). He had career highs that year in both home runs and RBI with 43 and 137 respectively.
Giambi hit a league leading 47 doubles to go along with 34 homers and 120 RBI for the Athletics in 2001 but was runner-up, for what would have been back-to-back MVP seasons, to Ichiro Suzuki who took home both the A.L. MVP Award and A.L. Rookie of the Year Award that year.
Here’s statement released by Giambi on Monday to the NY Daily News:
“After 20 seasons, I have decided to officially announce my retirement as a Major League Baseball player.
“I really want to thank my wife, Kristian, for going on this journey with me. She’s always been my rock. She’s always been there for me with support and love, and I really couldn’t have done this without her. She’s been everything to me and I don’t think I can state in words how much she’s meant to me. I love you and thank you.
“To my two gifts from heaven, London and Tristan, Daddy’s coming home.
“I want to thank my dad, John, for teaching me this beautiful game and for all the hitting we did on the weekends. I want to thank my mom, Jeanne, for all the practices she took me to and for being the loudest voice in the stands. To my brother Jeremy, playing on the same team as him were two of my favorite years of my career. To my sister Julie, you were always there supporting me and loving me, and my niece, Jenna, who has always been there to support me. I love you.
“I also want to thank Arn and Nancy Tellem for always treating me like I was a part of their family. I love you guys so much and thank you. Also Joel Wolfe and Erin Estrada for all the support and love they gave me over my career, I love you guys.
“So many other people played a huge part in my career, so I also want to thank Ron Simms, Bobby Alejo, Tommy Bolin, Mark Phillipi, Marsha Utain and Barbara Reeder. I also want to thank Nike, Reebok, Oakley Sunglasses and Louisville Slugger for supplying me the tools of the trade all these years.
“Ever since I was five years old, all I ever wanted to be was a Major League Baseball player. The Oakland A’s, New York Yankees, Colorado Rockies and Cleveland Indians were a big part of helping that dream come true.
“To the managers, coaches and players, it’s been a tremendous honor sharing the field with you and thank you very much.
“To the writers, local and national, and to the broadcasters, I want to express my appreciation to the media for covering the game we all love.
“I want to thank the fans for being a part of this incredible journey. I especially want to thank the fans that gave me a second chance to let me show you the human being you see today.
“Lastly, to the game of baseball: I started playing you when I was a kid and I’m leaving you a man. Thank you.”
Giambi, 44, finishes his 20-year career with a .277 batting average and 440 total home runs.