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Brian Giles

Giles with the Padres.
Born: January 20, 1971 (1971-01-20) (age 39)
El Cajon, California
Batted: Left Threw: Left 
MLB debut
September 16, 1995 for the Cleveland Indians
Last MLB appearance
June 18, 2009 for the San Diego Padres
Career statistics
Batting average     .291
Home runs     287
Runs batted in     1,078
Career highlights and awards

Brian Stephen Giles (pronounced JYLES) (born January 20, 1971, in El Cajon, California) is a former Major League Baseball outfielder. During his career he played for the Cleveland Indians, Pittsburgh Pirates and San Diego Padres. The left-handed Giles was a two-time All-Star and had a career line of .291/.400/.502 with 287 home runs, 411 doubles, 1,078 RBIs, and 1,183 walks in 1,847 games.

His younger brother, Marcus Giles, is a former Major League infielder who most recently played in the Philadelphia Phillies organization.


Professional career

Cleveland Indians

Giles attended Granite Hills High School. He was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 17th round of the 1989 Major League Baseball Draft. By 1994, Giles had worked his way up to Triple-A, where he batted .313 for Charlotte making the International League All-Star team. In 1995, Giles was again in Triple-A, where he batted .310 for Buffalo and made his major league debut as a September callup on September 16. He was also an American Association All-Star. Giles hit .355 in 51 games for the Indians in 1996 and hit .314 in 83 games with Buffalo, again making the American Association All-Star team. In 1997, Giles established himself as a major league regular, playing 130 games for the Indians and 112 games in 1998.

Pittsburgh Pirates

On November 18, 1998, he was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates for pitcher Ricardo Rincón.

In 1999 with the Pirates, Giles emerged as a power-hitting outfielder who also hit for average and showed plate discipline. He began a streak of four straight 30-homer seasons, during which he batted no lower than .298 and was named Pittsburgh Pirates Player of the Year each year.

Giles led 2000 club in doubles, triples, home runs, RBIs and walks. His 123 RBI were eight shy of Paul Waner's club record of 131 set in 1927. Became the first Bucco ever to hit at least .300 with 30 plus home runs and 100 plus RBIs in back-to-back seasons, he became the third player in club history with 100 runs, 100 RBIs and 100 walks in same season, Barry Bonds in 1992 and Ralph Kiner from 1948-51. His 114 walks were the most by a Pirate since 1992, Bonds with 127. Giles' 74 home runs in two seasons with club represent the most in back-to-back seasons since Willie Stargell hit 77 in 1972-73. He was named National League Player-of-the-Week after hitting .400 with two doubles, three home runs and 12 RBI between May 2 to the 7 and shared Player-of-the-Week honors with Colorado's Todd Helton after hitting .523 with three doubles, one triple, three home runs, eight RBI and six runs scored between August 12 to the 20. Giles was named to All- Star team for first time in career. He finished 9th in voting among National League outfielders.

In 2001 Giles established career highs in games played, at bats, runs and hits. He tied career highs in doubles, triples and stolen bases. At the end of the season he ranked tenth among N.L. players in runs, on-base percentage, .404, and slugging percentage, .590. He led the Pirates in batting, home runs and walks. He tied Dave Parker's club record for most total bases, 340, by a left-handed hitter. Giles hit his 100th career home run as a member of the Pirates on August 9, he is one of just 17 players to homer 100 times as a Pirate. He was selected to play in the All- Star Game for the second consecutive year.

Giles ranked second in the league in walks behind San Francisco's Barry Bonds led with 198 in 2002. He also established the club record for most base on balls in a season by a left-handed batter. His .450 on-base percentage tied him for the second-best mark in the majors , he also ranked second in the league in slugging percentage with .622, sixth in home runs, second with 80 extra-base hits ranked second behind San Francisco's Jeff Kent , tied for second in the league with 13 outfield assists and also finished third in the N.L. with 24 intentional walks. He homered once every 13.1 at bats, the third-best ratio in the league behind Bonds' 8.8 and Sammy Sosa's 11.3.

San Diego Padres

On August 26, 2003, he was traded to his hometown San Diego Padres for Jason Bay, Óliver Pérez, and minor leaguer Corey Stewart.

From 2004-2006, Giles played in over 150 games each season for the Padres, but in 2006, his batting average dropped to a career-low .263. On May 14, 2006, he drew 5 walks in a game, one shy of the record of 6. In 2007, joined by his brother Marcus, signed as a free agent to be the starting second baseman, Giles batted .271, but missed time with an injured knee.

In 2008, Giles, in the third and final guaranteed year of his contract with the Padres, vetoed a potential trade to Boston[1], citing a desire to remain close to his family[2] In 2008, 58% of his strikeouts were "looking," by far the highest percentage in the major leagues.[2]

In 2009, through July 1 Giles had the lowest batting average (.191), slugging percentage (.271), and OPS (.548) in the major leagues.[3] However, he went on the disabled list soon afterward with an arthritic right knee and missed the rest of the season.


On February 7, 2010, Giles signed a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers and received an invitation to spring training. [3] However, after playing in just two spring training games as a designated hitter, he announced his retirement on March 11, 2010.[4]


Giles is being sued by his former girlfriend for more than $10 million. She alleges Giles began abusing her in 2002, and battered her while she was pregnant with Giles’ child, and caused her to have a miscarriage. The lawsuit accuses him of hitting and slapping her in the face, shaking and kicking her, and battering her twice when she was pregnant.[5]

Giles is a frequent guest on the show Live At Five, and is known by the nickname "Gilly".

See also


  1. ^ "Brian Giles trade from San Diego to Boston falls through". August 8, 2008, The Associated Press. Retrieved on August 10, 2008.
  2. ^ "No deal: Giles remains with Padres". August 8, 2008, Retrieved on August 10, 2008.
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Dodgers outfielder Brian Giles retires
  5. ^ Woman says Giles abused her

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