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The .161 batting average that Giles carried into yesterday recalled those comments. So, with all respect to a fabulous career, is Giles done?
"With a guy on second base and you hit a liner to center, you need one of the balls to fall,” he said. "It helps get your confidence back. I'm frustrated more than anything.”
Giles didn't use the word unlucky, but one statistic did. His batting average on balls in play – which exempts home runs – was .172, far below his career average of .294. According to baseball-reference.com, Giles' BABIP has never been below .265 for a season. That happened last year. The pressbox view is that he also isn't driving the ball as hard as in years past.
"I've seen signs,” manager Bud Black said. "It's coming.”
Anyway ... Saturday, Giles doubled and walked. Sunday, he didn't play. Yesterday, he pinch-hit and doubled. Are those more of those "signs" that Bud Black was seeing? Perhaps. Giles is 38 and last season was a bit of a fluke, but there's simply no reason to think he's not still a pretty good hitter, down deep inside.
This is an interesting bit, too:
Giles said last year that he was displeased that the decision confronting him became public. Peavy's agent, Barry Axelrod, was irked, too, that Peavy was put in that position Wednesday and Thursday. Player agent Scott Boras went one step further, saying yesterday that such trade attempts might be a breach of contract.
"The player has a contractual right that is being infringed upon when clubs attempt to trade a player with a no-trade clause without his consent,” Boras said. "It places the player, his family and his team in a position of peril and great emotional distress, which could affect his performance. It's a perception thing. There will be no [trade] discussions with any teams. Period. You do not have a right to trade this player.”