Thursday, March 11, 2010

Brian Giles Retires

(1995 Authentic Signature Rookies Old Judge)

Today, ex-Triber Brian Giles announced he was hanging up his cleats for good.  He's reached that "critical" age of 38 and had signed on with a minor league team in hopes of rejuvenating his career.  Alas, injuries set him back and he has opted to say goodbye to the player-side of the ball field.

Giles played with the Tribe from 1995 through 1998.  He played in 299 games with 857 at-bats.  He scored 150 runs on 243 hits, 48 doubles, and just 4 triples.  He knocked in 48 home runs bringing in 157 RBIs as an Indians player.  Though he struck out 139 times, he was walked 155 times, walked intentionally 14 times and hit by pitches 4 times (3 of which came in 1998 - OUCH!).

As a Triber, Giles garnered a .362 bating average and a slugging percentage of over .600!

In the 1997 World Series, he batted .500, getting 2 hits, a double, scoring a run and getting 2 RBIs.

I wish him all the best in the future!!

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