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New Padres manager Bud Black stopped by the Hall of Champions, my day job, Tuesday and met with fans for Sports at Lunch. The timing was good for discussing the Padres’ latest acquisition, Marcus Giles.

Giles agreed to a one-year contract Monday and will officially join the team upon completing his physical.

The 28-year-old Giles made the All-Star Game in 2003 when he hit .316 with 49 doubles, 21 homers and 69 RBI. His average dropped last year to .262 when the Braves moved to the leadoff spot and he struggled with hand injuries.

But the Padres are counting on a healthy and rejuvenated Giles at second base with Brian behind him in right field.

“We have a new second baseman today,” Black said. “He’s going through a physical today, and then Marcus Giles will be on board with us. We’re excited bout that. I’ve seen Brian and Marcus together off the field, and I hope they bring that energy on the playing field. If you know Brian, you probably know him in a different way than I know him, but these guys are passionate about life in a lot of different ways. We’re fortunate to have both together and hope that energy will translate onto the field. They’re both great players. I know Brian from my days with Cleveland. This guy wants to win games and wants to win championships. Marcus came from the Braves, where they won. We’re excited to have them on our club pulling together for a championship in San Diego.”

– TOM SHANAHAN

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