In a fitting footnote to an unheralded career, Brian Giles didn’t receive a single Hall of Fame vote this year. While the likes of Troy Percival, Aaron Boone, Tom Gordon, and Darin Erstad — all significantly inferior players — combined for nine total votes, 549 ballots were filed without Giles checked off on any of them. Since he didn’t receive the required five percent of the vote to stay on the ballot for another year, Giles joins Carlos Delgado as one-and-done Hall of Fame candidates who at least deserved to stick on the ballot for a few years of rumination.

Of course, Giles, like Delgado, probably isn’t a Hall of Famer. His career started too late and ended too abruptly to merit Cooperstown enshrinement, but in between was a player who posted a career .400 on-base percentage and once smashed 35-plus home runs for four straight seasons. A sort of modern day Ralph Kiner, Giles spent the heart of his career in the relative anonymity of Pittsburgh — when the Pirates were postseason afterthoughts — and also bookended his playing days with two small-market franchises.

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The Padres have made an uncharacteristically loud splash this holiday season. As fans complained about inactivity at the Winter Meetings here in San Diego, the team tuned out the noise and dealt Yasmani Grandal, Joe Wieland, and Zach Eflin to the Dodgers for Matt Kemp, Tim Federowicz, and $31 million.

With a laughably incompetent offense and a disillusioned fan base, the Padres have decided to commit large amounts of money to name players. There’s a new GM, a new hitting coach, and a relatively new ownership group. They want to make a positive mark on the franchise and the city.

Before the trade, the Padres had been linked to many marquee hitters this offseason. They missed on Pablo Sandoval and Yasmany Tomás. Other names included Jay Bruce, Adam Jones, and Justin Upton. Some still think Upton might yet happen.

Ron Fowler, Mike Dee, and A.J. Preller had a budget and were going to use it. When Sandoval and Tomás landed elsewhere, they turned to Kemp. But was it worth the cost?

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The Padres are on their first 3-game winning streak of the season! Within this streak, the Padres have put up their highest and second-highest (as well as their seventh-highest) run totals of the season. During said streak, Seth Smith has missed a cycle by one hit on consecutive days (needing a home run on Friday, a single on Saturday). I figured these were interesting, albeit meaningless, events to take a look at.

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Mention Brian Giles to a San Diegan, and there’s a good chance you’ll get a look/comment of disgust in response. Perhaps it’s in response to domestic violence allegations in his final season, which I’d agree is an appropriate response. However, there’s a serious misconception in San Diego about Brian Giles, with many fans believing Giles was an inadequate performer (or worse: awful). And that, my friends, couldn’t be further from the truth. Read More…