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Brian Giles retires

Mar 11, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

giles swinging.JPGFormer Pirate, Indian, Padre and — for this spring at least, Dodger — Brian Giles announced his retirement today, Dylan Hernandez reports.

Giles finishes his career with 287 home runs and a line of .292/.400/.502.  He was a two-time All-Star and filled the role of “best player on terrible Pirates teams” in between Al Martin and Jason Bay’s terms in the position.

Giles was never widely recognized for being a great player, but he was great or at the very least near great for a good long while.

  1. IdahoMariner - Mar 11, 2010 at 2:13 PM

    You are in a charitable mood, today, Craig. Or doing the “being respectful to guys on the day they retire” thing. I was expecting more:
    “Giles was never widely recognized for being a great player, but he was great or at the very least near great for a good long while…”
    … and a miserable human being. But he’s got the baseball thing, so that’s good.

  2. Craig Calcaterra - Mar 11, 2010 at 2:22 PM

    Yeah. I’m not always this nice, but today I’m struck by the notion that a guy can get a pass on his retirement day (see the Nomar post that just went up).
    There will be plenty of time to slam Giles when he goes to trial or whatever is happening in his case.

  3. IdahoMariner - Mar 11, 2010 at 2:48 PM

    not that he deserves it, but good on ya for going the respectful route. at least for now. I agree, he will probably provide plenty of fodder later.

  4. EShine - Mar 11, 2010 at 3:53 PM

    Who is writing the “Giles was a Juicer” article that will appear tomorrow?

  5. Craig Calcaterra - Mar 11, 2010 at 4:09 PM

    The “Giles was a juicer” article has been pushed back a day to make room for the “Giles hits women” article.

  6. Old Gator - Mar 11, 2010 at 7:33 PM

    Wife beating is not something to joke about. Especially when they use their brows. I’m still scarred from the ones my ex-wife gave me.

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