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Maybe John Hart Was Stupid Before He Got to Texas



This, from Rob Neyer's piece on Brian Giles career.  I forgot how Giles got from Cle to Pitt:

***Finally, after the '98 season, the Indians made a particularly foolish trade -- based on the numbers, anyway -- sending Giles to the Pirates for relief pitcher Ricardo Rincon, straight up.

For the next seven seasons, first with Pittsburgh and then San Diego, Giles annually ranked among the National League's best hitters. It probably wouldn't be quite right to suggest that Giles would have become a Hall of Famer if the Indians had found a place for him earlier. But I'd like to have seen his numbers if he'd been more valued at the beginning, and healthier at the end.***

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