On Thursday, PittsburghBaseballNow tweeted out four clues to try and get you to guess the random Bucco and quite a few of you were able to put the pieces together. This week’s random Bucco is none other than Brian Giles.
Giles spent five seasons with the Pirates from 1999-2003. He was originally acquired from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for Ricardo Rincon. Giles quickly emerged as one of the top sluggers in Baseball, finishing his Pirate tenure with a .308/.426/.591 slash with 165 homers and 519 walks. He was a two-time All-Star in Pittsburgh and received MVP votes in each of his four full years in the black and gold.
The left-handed hitting Giles is the Pirates’ all-time leader in OPS with a 1.018 OPS. In fact, he’s the only Pirate in team history to post a mark above 1.000. He is the franchise leader in both on-base percentage and slugging and ranks seventh in home runs.
Giles was involved in another big trade when the Pirates shipped him to San Diego, landing Jason Bay and Oliver Perez in return. Giles finished his 15-year career with a .902 OPS, 287 home runs and 1,183 walks vs. just 835 strikeouts.
— Tintin (@Tintin049) January 6, 2022
Probably Giles or Cutch but I'll give some Bay love
— Yustin (@JustinTheGray) January 6, 2022
— Jason Waterfalls (@ilove2shit) January 6, 2022
— Brad Carr (@b1235c) January 6, 2022
— Joseph Steigerwald (@steigerwaldino) January 6, 2022