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Jason Giambi Leads Oakland Athletics Hall of Fame Class For 2023

Sep 26, 2022, 8:54 AM
Jason Giambi #16 of the Oakland Athletics walks back to the dugout during their interleague MLB gam...
LOS ANGELES - JUNE 11: Jason Giambi #16 of the Oakland Athletics walks back to the dugout during their interleague MLB game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodgers Stadium on June 11, 2000 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Jason Giambi leads the next class of Oakland A’s players heading into the team’s Hall of Fame.

Giambi was a member of the Athletics from 1995-2001 and again in 2009. During that time, he won American League MVP in 2000 when he hit a career-high 43 home runs and 137 RBI. In 2001, he nearly took home the award again, coming in second to Seattle Mariners great Ichiro Suzuki.

According to a press release from the team, “Giambi holds the Oakland records for batting average in a season (.342 in 2001) and career (.300). He also holds the Oakland single-season records for RBI (137 in 2000), walks (137 in 2000), extra-base hits (87 in 2001), and on-base percentage (.477 in 2001).”

The full list includes:

  • Jason Giambi
  • Carney Lansford
  • Gene Tenace
  • Philadelphia Athletic Bob Johnson
  • “Voice of God” public address announcer Roy Steele

Lansford was a member of the 1980s dynasty “that won three consecutive American League pennants and a World Series Championship in 1989 against the Bay Area-rival San Francisco Giants.” Tenace is also a World Series hero for the Green and Gold.

“A three-time World Series Champion from 1972 to 1974, Gene Tenace had four home runs and nine RBI in the 1972 World Series to earn MVP honors,” the press release says, adding Tenace ranks among the Oakland top 10 in “most games caught (446) and most games at first base (385).”

The pre-game ceremony is scheduled to take place during the annual Bay Bridge Series against the San Francisco Giants on Sunday, Aug. 6.

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