Jason Gilbert Giambi (pronounced /ʤiˈɑmbi/) (born January 8, 1971, in West Covina, California) is a Major League Baseball designated hitter and first baseman for the Oakland Athletics. He is nicknamed "The Giambino," "The Big G," and "The Dancing Bear."
He was the American League MVP in 2000 while with the Oakland Athletics, and is a five-time All-Star who has led the American League in walks four times, in on base percentage three times, and in doubles and in slugging percentage once each, and won the Silver Slugger award twice. He attended Long Beach State.
Through December 2008, he was 3rd in the majors of all active players in hit by pitch (157; he has been hit 8 times by David Wells in 30 at bats), 7th in on base percentage (.408), and 8th in walks (1,205).
He was also is third in the majors in the 2000s, through 2006, in both OBP (.438) and walks (551), 10th in slugging percentage (.582), 13th in home runs (175), and 16th in RBIs (526).
Giambi is also known to have taken performance-enhancing drugs during his career, an action for which he has publicly apologized.
Born in West Covina, California, Giambi attended Sierra Vista Middle School in Covina, California.
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