SAN DIEGO -- The Giles brothers reunion with their hometown
San Diego Padres lasted only one season.
Giles opened as the Padres' leadoff hitter but began slumping in
May. He was benched for three games after the All-Star break, then
saw most of the playing time down the stretch go to utilityman
"He had a terrific April for us; he was one of our better
hitters," general manager Kevin Towers said. "He just cooled down
after that. There came a time where we were in a pennant race and
we had to go with the hot hand. At that time we felt Geoff Blum
gave us a chance to win ballgames. That's why he got the playing
time toward the end of the season.
"My hope is that Marcus gets back to being a productive big-
league player. It just won't happen here in San Diego."
Giles hit .229 with four home runs and 39 RBIs.
The Giles brothers grew up in suburban El Cajon.
Zarate made his major league debut on Aug. 7 at Philadelphia and
appeared in four games for the Marlins in 2007.