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The incredible shrinking man

Posted at 1:17 PM on May 11, 2005 by David Zingler

In a private meeting with manager Joe Torre and GM Brian Cashman on Tuesday, Jason Giambi reportedly discussed a possible demotion to the minor leagues. Three years ago, the thought of Jerry Falwell marching in a gay rights parade would have seemed more plausible than Giambi suiting up for the Columbus Clippers.

Since then however, everything concerning Giambi has shrunk: his physique, his batting average, his homerun and RBI totals, his confidence and, if what Iíve heard about the side effects of steroids is accurate, his....well we donít need to go there.

From 2000-02, while with the Aís and Yankees, Giambi hit .333, .342. and .314 with 43, 38 and 41 homers. He finished first, second and fifth in the AL MVP balloting during that span. This season, the 34-year-old is hitting .195 with 3 homers and 6 RBI in 77 at bats.

You almost want to feel bad for the fallen slugger, but then you remember that he is still owed $82 million by the Yankees. You almost want to feel bad for the Yankees for having to pay out that much money to a player that is putting up Michael Cuddyer like numbers, but then you remember that they are the Yankees.

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