Giles with the San Diego Padres
|Born: January 20, 1971|
El Cajon, California
|September 16, 1995, for the Cleveland Indians|
|Last MLB appearance|
|June 18, 2009, for the San Diego Padres|
|Runs batted in||1,078|
|Career highlights and awards|
Brian Stephen Giles (JAYH-ulz; born January 20, 1971) 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 runs batted in (RBI), and 1,183 walks in 1,847 games. Although a bit suspect with the glove, Giles was a do-it-all batter at the plate, posting one of the highest OPS of all-time. During his prime, Giles carried a stagnant Pittsburgh Pirates offense as the main batting prowess outside of Aramis Ramírez in the lineup and posted an OPS over 1. He received MVP votes every year during this time.
Giles was known for his unique, low-crouched batting stance at the plate, similar to Jeff Bagwell.
His younger brother, Marcus Giles, is a former Major League infielder who was most notable for playing with the Atlanta Braves organization.