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Brian Giles
Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 146 of 1043 players
Brian Jeffrey Giles
Born: April 27, 1960 at Manhattan, Kan.
Throws: Right Bats: Right
Height: 6.01 Weight: 165

Brian Giles was the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup on April 8, 2003, April 9, 2003, December 3, 2004, December 4, 2004, and April 14, 2016.

2b ss

First Mets game: September 12, 1981
Last Mets game: October 2, 1983

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Mr. Sparkle
Hard to believe the Mets, who had Wally Backman playing second in 82 send him down in 83 so that Brian Giles could play. Giles was as light a hitting player as you could get. Thank God Wally was back in 84.

October 23, 2001
I remember going to a Mets game in the early 80's and sitting in the right field box seats at Shea. We saw Brian Giles in the stands and went over to talk to him -- he was in street clothes. He had been with the Mets a year or two before and was playing in the minor leagues. I remember him making disparaging comments about Wally Backman -- who was playing second base for the Mets at the time.

November 24, 2001
I am not positive, but I think this guy still plays with the Bridgeport Bluefish in Connecticut. They have a few ex-major leaguers on their roster... so it could be him.

October 8, 2002
I was at a game - I don't remember who the Mets were playing but Brian was at shortstop and had one of the single best defensive games I've ever seen. In addition to a number of great fielding plays, he had an unassisted double play and started a triple play.

October 10, 2002
Hey Mr. Sparkle, the Mets already tried cornering the market on all the Bob Millers - see how well that worked out!

I remember Brian Giles talking a lot of trash about how the second base job was rigged because Backman was Davey's boy in Tidewater - he mentioned that he "would have to hit .900 in the spring" to keep his job. Imagine feeling entitled to a big league job after hitting .233 in over 500 AB's in the big leagues!

Joe "Metsie" Feltman
April 29, 2003
I had a twilight zone moment a couple of years ago when some clown on ESPN was talking about Brian Giles (I think he played for Cleveland at the time) hitting a couple of homers in a game, and I started thinking...could that be the Mets' Brian Giles, and my head started spinning and I got the nervous, and I'm thinking, "could it be that loser from the late 70's that was on the Mets...so that's what happened to him..." then, a couple of weeks later I found out it was a totally differant guy. Whew...that was strange...

Anyway, he stunk (the Mets version, I mean)! !

Stevie B.
April 1, 2004
Very slight build. Very typical of what was coming out out the farm system at that time (between Matlack and Mookie). He needed to hit the weights. At the time he came up, we as Mets fans were desperate for any sign of talent. He wasn't it. One memory that I could use a little help with is... In a late August-early September game against the Braves in Atlanta (A JOE TORRE TEAM). The Braves were in a pennant race and I believe Gene Garber was called on to protect a 2 run lead. He didn't. Giles homered to give the Mets the lead. It was short lived. The bullpen blew it in the bottom of the frame.

May 28, 2007
I remember when Wally Backman was returning in 1984 to replace Giles, and Giles said, "he ain't got no glove, man." I believe Backman led all NL 2nd basemen in fielding pct. in 1986 and hit .320. How do you think Giles would have done?

Marcus Jacobs
October 1, 2008
Brian Giles was my personal baseball mentor throughout high school. He taught me mental and physical aspects of the game that allowed me to surpass all of my competition. His positive attitude and love for the game of baseball was what I admired most. Due to his great teaching abilities, I ended up with the highest batting average in the region, helped my high school team win the championship, and learned lessons about life and challenges. He molded me into my highest baseball self. I remember talking to him on the phone during a MLB game and the way he analyzed and dissected the game was truly fascinating and a learning experience in its self. Thanks for all the attention and compassion you had for me and for the game of baseball. Please email me if you ever get this message Brian!!!

Hendu Schneck
June 29, 2011
I think he did really love the game. After the Mets he appeared sporadically in the majors for another 10 or so years. He mostly played in the minors, though. He played in the independent leagues until 1998 for a 20-year professional career.

His grandfather was a Negro Leaguer.

I remember him being really fluid at second base. I can't complain about Wally Backman, but for some reason I rather liked Giles. His smooth fielding reminded me a bit of Doug Flynn.

August 14, 2011
He loves the game. His kid is one heck of an 11-year-old player. He helps out with infield drills with the boys. Great dad and is allays around the ball fields to help out the boys. Boy can he talk a story or two!!!

blue dude
December 6, 2012
This man is still in the game teaching younger kids the game. I see him time to time on the fields. It's good to see this former MLB player still doing what he loves.

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