Giles, who had spent parts of four seasons in the Tribe outfield, would explode onto the scene at Three Rivers Stadium, slugging four consecutive 30+ home run seasons, including a career-high 39 in 1999 while batting .315. He repeated his stellar numbers in 2000 with a .315 average, 35 home runs, and a career-best 123 RBI while making his first of two All-Star teams. He ended his 15-year MLB career with seven seasons in San Diego.
The left-handed Rincon was 0-2 with a 2.91 ERA for the Pirates in 1998 with 14 saves. He spent parts of four straight seasons in Cleveland, posting a 7-8 record with a 3.73 ERA before being dealt to the Oakland Athletics.
Also on this day in Tribe history:
1958 – Hank Greenberg and other Indians minority stockholders sell their shares to the majority stockholder, William Daley.
1994 – The Cleveland Indians send pitchers Dave Mlicki, Jerry Dipoto, Paul Byrd, and a player to be named later to the New York Mets for outfielder Jeromy Burnitz and pitcher Joe Roa. Jesus Azuaje, a minor league infielder, will complete the trade three weeks later.