Former Yankee Jason Giambi announced his retirement from Major League Baseball on Monday at the age of 44.
Giambi played in the Majors for 20 seasons, originally making his debut in 1995 with the Oakland Athletics. He most recently played with the Cleveland Indians, where he hit a walk-off home run to help them on their Wild Card run in 2013.
He called the Bronx his home from 2002 until 2008, developing into a fan-favorite designated hitter. The Yankees once even relaxed their rule on facial hair when he was growing out a mustache, in an effort to put him into the All-Star game. They gave out “Giambi Mustaches” at a home game to try to encourage fans to vote him into the Midsummer Classic.
Giambi finishes his career with 2,010 hits, 440 home runs, and 1,441 RBI.
We wish “the Giambino” the best of luck with his future endeavors, and we thank him for his time with the New York Yankees.